Hello, veggie-lovers! Today I am delighted to introduce Hollie McKay: Entertainment/Media Columnist for Fox News and friend through the internet’s detox circles. I immensely enjoyed reading her thoughts and I’m confident you will too. If you’ve ever traveled with stevia in your bag or used the word “cherish” in reference to salads, you’re gonna love this:
Leaving on a Jet Plane… Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again
John Denver’s eponymous song just about sums up my life. One minute I’m enjoying life
in my shoebox apartment by the beach in Santa Monica, the next I’m barking at a cab
driver to hurry up en route to LAX to fly somewhere for something for some unknown
amount of time.
I work in the media/entertainment industry, so while most of what goes on does happen
in the hub of Hollywood, I do travel quite frequently for business purposes to other parts
of the country or if it’s an extra adventurous day, the world. Sometimes it is somewhere
bustling like New York City or Las Vegas, but often I found myself in the middle of
nowhere where the closest I can get to a juice is the so-called cranberry they serve
behind the bar at the local dive.And more often than not, I don’t have the luxury of
preparing snacks to take or stocking up on frozen green juices. Everything happens
so last minute (I keep a suitcase filled with clothes, underwear, running shoes and my
toiletries in the trunk of the car) so I can be prepared for breaking news or an off-the-cuff
So how do I keep up this awesome detox-inspired lifestyle while dashing abroad in a
I’m not going to lie. I still stress a little, there’s work to coordinate and things to do on top
of everything else, and I find myself wired with adrenalin, stress and excitement to see a
new part of the world and get out of my comfort zone. While you probably won’t see me
jumping out of a plane or bouncing down some hideously high cliff in the jungle, I seek
my own “rush” in my spontaneous travels and having everything fall into place.
I’ve learned that I don’t have to surrender my detox lifestyle (green juice, uber amounts
of organic vegetables, cleansing practices) while skipping from state to state, but what I
have had to do is carve my own plan. I take the words of wisdom offered by the likes of
Natalia Rose, and I make them my own. I know myself and my body well, I know what
works and what doesn’t. That never changes when I travel.
First things first, I follow a “(high green) vegetable-centric” (yo, Rande!) regime when
home in Los Angeles, and that does not change no matter where I am in the world. I
always make vegetables/salads the bulk of what I consume. Luckily I have a simple
palate, and I cherish steamed veggies and garden salads. I also consume lean protein
such as wild fish is small amounts too, but veggies are my love affair.
Tip two, I never step out of the house without a health food store supply of NuNaturals
liquid stevia in my handbag, and I use it for everything! Literally. Salad dressing, to
sweeten my juice, my coffee (yup, I heart my cuppa joe and have no desire to do way
with it even as I delve deeper into this lifestyle) and although I very rarely drink, when I
do,I fascinate those around me with a clean vodka soda, squeeze of lemon, and stevia
drops to sweeten.
Everything is cool so long as I have my stevia. Hi, I’m Hollie and I am a stevia addict. If
worse comes to worse, I’ll order a bunch of garden salads and sweeten them with this
magical plant derivative and I feel satisfied.
Another thing that is incredibly important to me is my fitness and exercise routine. This
never ever dissipates when I travel either. Since my early teenage years, I have loved
waking up at the crack of dawn and getting my sweat on. I enjoy running (hence why I
chose to live right on the beach) and also indulged in an elliptical machine for rainy days
or days when it’s too dark to hit the sand. So when I’m away from home, I continue my
early morning jog. If the weather or terrain doesn’t permit this, I look for a fitness center
or swimming pool. Often the hotel will have something in this realm, but if not, the front
desk (or google!) is usually helpful in pointing me in right direction.
Worst case scenario: I always travel with a jump rope and resistance band, and if need
be, I will bounce around, stretch and do some strengthening exercises of my own
creation. Working out is sacred to me, and I feel my best when I have moved my body
and purged some toxins while listening to Britney Spears at the same time.
Another key factor in leading this kick-ass detox way of life is green juice. Thankfully, it’s
becoming easier and easier to access fresh-pressed kale and cucumber even in remote
parts of America, but when this is not an option, I always have packets of raw green-
powder in my suitcase. I like Healthforce Vitamin Mineral Greens, which is available
at Wholefoods and most health stores or online. Sure, the powder isn’t as ideal as the
freshly-squeezed, but it gives me energy and nourishment when I travel and that is key!
But above all, I understand and accept that this detox lifestyle is really a journey, as
is my travels. The type A inside me relishes in the ideals of perfectionism, but the
realist component of my brain knows it’s okay if I don’t eat as many greens as I would
normally, or of I miss a day or two or three of juicing, or even if I have a slice of pizza
in an effort to willingly share a culinary experience with my friends or co-workers. I am
blessed to live an existence in which I know I will never have to starve, and that when I
eat food – whether it be food I prepared myself, or the goodies that were served to me at
a restaurant or a dinner party – it was served with a desire to make me feel good. And I
My first love in this life is learning, and everywhere I go no matter how busy I am, I take
a few minutes to appreciate my surroundings and learn something new about its history.
And each day when I wake up, irrespective of the city I wake up in, I tell myself out loud
that I am going to do the best I can do in whatever circumstance I am in- in my field of
work, my personal life and in my food choices. I work with what I have, and I make the
best of it.
So as John Denver also says, “I want to live, I want to grow. I want to see, I want to