Moving? Tips for Eating Healthy in a New Town

9 Jul
Our moving caravan traveling through the Palm Desert.

Our moving caravan traveling through the Palm Desert.

My husband and I moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, CA last week! Little bit of a big change there, right? The entire process took a TON of work. From packing all of our belongings in moving boxes, to driving across the country in a Penske truck (one that I must add was pulling my sweet Mazda3), to moving ourselves into a shiny little third floor apartment, we had a pretty exhausting couple of weeks.

Thankfully now we’re all unpacked and settled into our new home in sunny LA, but it took nearly a week for us to get there. Between unpacking moving boxes and making frequent trips to Target, the last thing we wanted to do was stop everything and make dinner. Truthfully, our refrigerator had barely more than milk, a few containers of Greek yogurt, and some cottage cheese in it until yesterday.

Not only was cooking inconvenient, it was also the boring option. My husband and I are in full agreement that one of the most fun ways to explore our sunny new town is through our stomachs, like the little piggies that we are. As one can imagine, LA has ten of every type of restaurant you can imagine, and so many of them are actually healthy AND cheap! Too amazing for words. Finally though, yesterday, after five days of eating everywhere in LA, I made dinner in our new kitchen for the first time. And for the record, I did so again today. Oink on that!

Eating Healthy and Exploring Your New Town

If you’re also planning a move to a new town in the near future, or have already arrived at your destination, here’s a few tips for exploring the cuisine without expanding your waistline:

  • Walk to Your Destination: If you live in a pedestrian-friendly area, walk to dinner instead of driving. You’ll burn a few extra calories and get to see a little more of your new neighborhood.
  • Designate Dining Out Nights: At the beginning of the week decide how many times you’ll eat out that week. Then stick to it. If it helps, plan out where you’ll go in advance so you can look forward to it with hungry anticipation.
  • Incorporate Local Specialties: Eating in doesn’t need to mean you’re doomed to feast on Hamburger Helper and Spaghetti O’s. Learn what types of fresh food your town is known for producing and incorporate that into your menu. For example, if you’ve moved to a beach town, start cooking fresh fish. You’ll get a taste of your new town without having to leave your own kitchen.

Moving to a new town is exciting! Exploring new restaurants is personally one of my favorite things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s encouraged! Just remember, moderation is the key to just about everything in life.

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