What Is A Healthy Tourist?

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Hey y’all. I’m going to be exploring food and food culture in a new way over the next few months. This series will be from my perspective and isn’t meant to guide or change your own habits. I’m not a doctor or anything and definitely am not a nutritionist. (Cheese Puffs equal dinner, right?) Let me explain…

When I was little, it was the 70s. We didn’t have a lot of processed food options at home other than Velveeta. My mother or grandmother made everything from scratch. Somehow though, food became a reward…or a punishment. If I did something good, I was rewarded with a snack and if I didn’t like something on my plate, I had to sit there at the table until I finished it.  This is where I give a solid shout-out to the planter in our dining room that had so much casserole buried in it.

I was talking to Celine Duvoisin at Market on South about her own food journey and she said something that really resonated…”I’m not a dog, I don’t perform for treats.” The hard work she’s put into building a healthy relationship to the food she eats while making decadent desserts for Orlando is truly impressive. I’m moving closer to a milestone birthday and have decided to make some changes in what, how, and when I cook and eat.

The first step is in figuring out if I have any food sensitivities. When I was a kid, I was sensitive to milk products and still am. And in 2010 I developed an allergy to garlic. It has been the worst ever. It’s in EVERYTHING. When I have eaten garlic in any form and in any amount, my reaction has been neurological and generally feels like I’m having a stroke. Over the past 2 years however, my allergy has slowly subsided to a sensitivity. Why? How?

I decided to connect with someone who could help me find some answers, Alexa Schmidt. She’s a neurotherapist and nutritionist at Whole Family Healthcare in Winter Park. I went in last week to get my blood tested and ran into an 80 year old man who was getting a bright orange vitamin IV. I asked him if he thought it helped him and he said absolutely. In a thick Belgian accent he told me that our bodies are like cars and have to be kept tuned up. To be honest, he seemed very energetic and positive.

Alexa and I visited the Audubon Park Community Market where we talked to Gabriela Lothrop, who’s been running the market since 2009. We met vendors, talked to farmers and growers and makers all here in Central Florida. What I found is that the food I tasted here didn’t taste at all like what I buy in Publix. Flavors are stronger, brighter, and food lasts longer when you buy it just picked that day.

So, as I explore food, nutrition, and wellness feel free to add your own questions or comments. Everyone is different and we’re all searching for an accessible way to be our best selves. Or, like me, you’ve been too busy avoiding it to really explore. Now’s as good a time as any.

Drink Your Vegetables: New Moon Market

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I'm going to be honest for a minute and tell you that I hate vegetables.  I am not a great cook so they end up mushy or nearly raw and I just don't like dealing with them.  I end up throwing a salad together and calling it a meal.  What I learned at New Moon Market though is that I don't actually have to eat them...I can drink them. 

*disclaimer* You really do have to eat vegetables.  I'm just being silly.  Read on...

New Moon Market is in the heart of College Park in Orlando. It's on Edgewater Drive which is the main drag through that Orlando neighborhood's center. 

Jennifer Moon-Huggett, a Central Florida native herself, and her husband Paul have perfected the art of squeezing every delicious nutritious drop out of fruits and veggies.  Not only that but they've got an expanded menu of toasts and grab and go salads that are rich and yummy and so so good for you.

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College Park is made up of young professionals, families and dogs and kids and lots of bikes and people walking and yoga-ing.  It's chill.  If you're looking for a healthy stop in the middle of chill-town, this is it. 

You can call ahead to place an order or just grab made-fresh-daily items from the cooler.  You can also order from the menu and even set up a consultation for a juice cleanse with Jennifer herself. 

What are some of my favorites?

  • Green Eyed Lady - kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, romaine, celery, lemon, ginger
  • Luna Lemonade - coconut water, lemon, maple syrup, activated charcoal
  • Rainbow Pad Thai Salad - Spiral zucchini with a medley of red cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper with seasoned quinoa.  Served with Thai peanut dressing on the side. 
  • Chickpea Salad Toast and the Sweet Toast with almond butter and banana.

Jennifer loves her Power Shot.

  • Power Shot - beets, ginger, lemon, tumeric

Paul goes for Wheatgrass every single day. 

  • Wheatgrass Shot - 100% wheatgrass
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New Moon Market 

(407) 440-8147
2314 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
@newmoonmarket
http://newmoonmarket.com

Note: Bring back the glass bottles and they'll recycle them for you.  All juices are made with 100% organic ingredients and have not been pasteurized (No HPP). No additives or preservatives. 

Watch our interview and visit to the kitchen below on Townie Tourist! 👇👇👇

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