New York Does Food Right

CapreseThere are a lot of fantastic sights to see in New York City but what catches my eye, not surprisingly, is THE FOOD! As a motivational speaker on Health and Wellness I've focused a lot of my attention on fresh, nutrient dense, colorful food and my recent visit to New York filled the senses! Every several strides taken and corners turned were sidewalk carts and unassuming markets bursting with gorgeous produce and mouth-watering salads of every sort. My friend and I fed our hunger from at every price point from a.m. to p.m. with fresh raspberries, coffee and egg and veggie roll-up for $6.50 to a slice of cheese pizza and a coke for $1 to Asian fusion for $80 (as delicious as they were I will never spend $11 on a bowl of Edamame again!).

It would have been so easy to overeat but luckily my traveling buddy and I have the same style: eat well, drink lots of water and walk for miles. We laughed when we discovered that at the first twinge of hunger we both have a window of 60 minutes before the anger sets in. That was never a problem of course. A small serving of fresh caprese salad was never far away. I just love those narrow, unassuming markets with the most beautiful arrangement of red tomatoes, mozzarella and fragrant basil leaves!

Sense flew out the window another time (see Edamame above): After a soul satisfying Italian dinner (that served the most generous portion of arugula salad with shaved parmigiano reggiano) we both agreed that 1 more glass of red wine with a dense chocolate cake would be perfect. A 10 p.m. taxi ride to chocolate by the bald man, Max Brenner's, where they have chocolate flowing in pipes above your head, had 1 hour wait. Forget that! Onward to Eataly where we made it just in time for 2 pieces of flourless chocolate cake (no sharing allowed) and a delicious glass of full bodied red. Taxi ride back home by 11:30. Hey, some cravings are worth going the length!

I can't even begin to imagine all the divine places we didn't chance upon. That just means saving pennies for another NYC culinary journey. Thank goodness we stuck a couple of those chopped salads in there along with miles of walking otherwise I'd be cursing the food instead of singing its praises. That's what you call a healthy balance. 

There it is! THAT'S my motivational speaker's message here: balance really delicious food with exercise to maintain vibrant health!  


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. I was fine until you mentioned the chocolate cake! Now I have to go on my own walk to distract me from my chocolate desire. Your trip sounded wonderful — so glad you got away to relax and restore.

  2. I'm leaving for my own NYC girlfriend trip in two days and I PRAY that I can embody that "balance" that you are taking about! My challenge is that I do eat with my eyeballs, and, as you said, every few steps there are absolutely delicious goodies proudly strutting their stuff in store windows. I. Have. No. Will. Power. 

  3. My will power has been in the toilet lately. And I know exactly why – traveling non-stop and being too busy. When I'm tired and stressed and overworked, good-bye salad hello french fries. I'm not beating myself up – just telling myself that the end is near and healthy habits will pick up again in about a week. And with you here, Polly, I will always get back on track eventually.

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