Healthy living in the city — Tips from Alexandra Machover
I’ll admit it: healthy tips can seem like an overdone topic. But being the constantly-multitasking New Yorker that I am, it has taken me years to figure out how to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, especially since I have very little time to devote to “wellness”.
I basically work two full-time jobs. I’m a full-time producer at Discovery Network and an #influencer on Instagram, so time is limited. I also sing in an a cappella group, have travel obligations, work obligations, event obligations, social obligations…you get the idea. In other words, I don’t have the time or energy to be hitting the gym every day.
After much trial and error and the evolution of several different routines, I’ve finally figured out how to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle that fits my schedule. And even though I put very little physical effort into it (it truly is all mental for me), here’s what I do to stay healthy on a day-to-day basis:
Find an eating lifestyle that works for you
Back in November, I challenged myself to do a modified Whole30 with my friend Chloe. I’m a pescatarian and didn’t want to deprive myself of nutrients, so I followed the plan while allowing myself to eat legumes and peanut butter. Even though the challenge ended, I’ve kept it going. I now opt for cooked greens over processed carbs, savory over sweet, and green-filled smoothies (e.g, JuicePress) with unsweetened almond milk over desserts. I don’t eat processed foods and genuinely make sure I’m choosing the most “whole” option when I go out to eat.
I even eat like this when I’m traveling! It’s amazing what an open mind and a little creativity can do when it comes to a restaurant menu. I’ll order 2 vegetable sides instead of a buttery, fatty entree. Or, I just seek out the healthiest restaurants in-town to make sure I’m having genuinely delicious culinary experiences without choosing options that ultimately won’t make me feel good.
On top of all of this, I don’t drink alcohol. In fact, the only beverages I drink are water, seltzer, matcha, unsweetened teas, and unsweetened nut milk. I don’t drink alcohol for a multitude of reasons that I can get into over on my blog, but I don’t drink sugary beverages because it’s truly a waste of calories/sugar intake and does nothing good for my mind or body. END RANT!
Ditch coffee for matcha
Three years ago, I swapped my coffee addiction for matcha; a powdered green tea that made me feel less jittery/anxious and more energized for longer periods of time. Every morning, I make a matcha iced tea with MatchaBar’s ceremonial-grade matcha powder, unsweetened cacao, and unsweetened almond milk. It helps me wake up, feel energized and ready to take on the day. I’m not a nutritionist, but I know that I feel better from matcha (as opposed to coffee), and love the morning ritual it’s created for me.
Opt for walking!
Confession: I don’t really work out anymore. I want to get back into it, but I’ve been prioritizing socializing over-exercise, which I think can be just as important sometimes from a mental health perspective! But the reason I’m okay with this is that I choose to walk almost everywhere I can, even if means hiking up subway steps instead of taking a car. My body is always moving in NYC, which is another reason I love this city.
Alright, that pretty much sums up how I live a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate anyone who has read this far. If you’re curious about my day-to-day, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@alexandramachover). Thanks, everyone!