Spending last week in Munich feels like I was in a whole other world. I loved it! Walking everywhere and the slow pace of life was refreshing. It was the most relaxed I’ve felt in ages. In the states, everything is rush rush rush and stress stress stress. You don’t get that feeling in Europe. That slow pace is something I crave more of in my life. I’m tired of hurrying and feeling pressured by others.
Even my workouts felt relaxed. The last 2 months I’ve been following the LJ Fit Challenge. While I was in Germany, I didn’t follow it completely, but that’s why I like it because it’s flexible & customizable. My workouts consisted of an early morning 90 minute walk along the river. It was peaceful. The best part of my day. That wasn’t the only walking I did either. Every morning, I walked to the train station, walked to the office, walked back to the train station, walked to the hotel then walked to dinner. Most days I averaged 30k+ steps on my Fitbit. Being that active made me feel amazing. I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate more slowness in my American life because the little things sure make a big difference.
While I was there, I went to the office gym 3 times to strength train and keep my cranky leg stretched & happy. My leg was a mess after the long flight there. It took 4 days before I was able to move pain free again. If it hadn’t been for that pain, I would’ve skipped the gym entirely. I have to say Germans sure have a funny way of working out. Between the MC Hammer pants and men lifting weights like girls (seriously I was lifting twice as much as they were & yes I’ve become a gym snob), I felt like I was in a Sweating to the 80’s Richard Simmons video. I felt less interested being at the gym and more eager to be outside.
The city had so much to offer. You almost couldn’t take it all in. The only time I spend in my hotel was to sleep. As far as the food, I found plenty to eat. At first, I was nervous because the only food I found was sausage and sauerkraut. To me anything wrapped in a synthetic casing is just gross. I thought I’d have trouble finding things I liked but to my surprise, I discovered many really good things. Today I’m sharing an array of my eats from the trip.
Breakfast. Breakfast was at hotel food. The food wasn’t exciting usually a hard boiled egg followed by bread with jam & veggies or a fruit & yogurt bowl. By the time I got home, I was craving eggs for breakfast like no other.
The one time I did get eggs for breakfast was at the airport. My flight was cancelled. I had to wait 5 hours for another one which gave me plenty of time to shop, blog and eat. I was so excited when I found eggs for breakfast. I almost didn’t care they had yolks in them.
Lunch. Was cafeteria food. Not picture worthy. Nuf said!
Dinner. I didn’t eat many dinners because I was always out walking, shopping and exploring something after work so I found myself not hungry most nights. The dinners I did have though were phenomenal. Pictured clockwise, I enjoyed a shrimp & avocado salad with the best bruschetta of my life, spicy Thai basil chicken & veggies (hold the rice), chickpea veggies & yogurt plate and my all time favorite scrambled eggs with truffle oil & white asparagus quiche. I may not have had eggs for breakfast, but I sure made up for them at dinner!
Snacks. I also enjoyed a few snacks and treats. I enjoyed a dark chocolate croissant, apple strudel, white hot chocolate. I was really amazed how little sugar all the sweets had. It was a clear reminder how really bad American food has become and how much processed junk it has. It made me really happy. And a trip to Germany wouldn’t be complete without trying the beer. I love wheat beer and they had no shortage of it anywhere. Of course, you can’t go to Germany without having a pretzel or two. They make a great dinner when you’re getting lost in the city.
I really enjoyed my time in Munich and glad I had the opportunity to go. The city was beautiful, delicious & welcoming. If you haven’t been, I definitely recommend it!
Where have you been that’s been refreshing? Do you make it a habit to bring new habits into your daily life from places you visited? Who’s done the Richard Simmons workouts?
Lots of Health, Food & Love,