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fort campbell adventures: freeze pleeze icecream parlor

Dairy and I haven’t had such a good relationship since I finished my Whole 30 last week. My beloved Starbucks skinny vanilla latte has started to cause backflips in my stomach. So when I heard a new icecream shop opened in Clarksville, I wasn’t all that excited until I found out they had coconut milk! What? Yes. First we got a Whole Foods style grocery store called Tree of Life, then a grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free bakery called Nerdy Birdy Cookie Company and now an icecream shop that has not only coconut milk but almond as well? Yes, please Clarksville. You’re growing on me.

I’d heard great things so a friend and I went to check it out Sunday and were not disappointed. Look at this happy, friendly staff.
FreezePleeze2Freeze Pleeze makes everything from scratch. You choose a dairy, coconut or almond base, then sweetener and flavoring. You can choose from suggestions like rose pistachio or Rocky Road or stick to vanilla or plain fruit. They freeze it with liquid nitrogen as you watch. This is the magic happening:
Freeze Pleeze Clarksville, TNMy friend got Rocky Road and gave it a thumbs up.
Freeze Pleeze Clarksville, TNAnd I got vanilla coconut milk with pineapple.
Freeze Pleeze Clarksville, TNHighly recommend.

Freeze Pleeze is located in the Two Rivers Shopping Plaza in between Hooters and Bargain Hunt/Harbor Freight. Check them out Tuesday or Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from Noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 8 p.m. at 700 N. Riverside Drive, Clarksville.

one sleep until nashville half marathon

I’m all checked into my hotel and ready to PR at the Nashville Half Marathon in the morning. I’ve been training for this race for two months so I’m really, really really hoping it will pay off in the morning.
Packet pickup was pretty easy. The race organizers emailed all of the e-coupons this morning in my confirmation email and then I dropped by Nashville Running Company for packet pickup this afternoon.
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{Easy breezy}

I was hoping for more of an expo. This was bare bones (just packet pickup) at a pretty neat running store. Not a big deal as I was able to pick up some Honey Stinger gels I’d forgotten to bring with me but none of the usual happenings of what I expect to be a large-ish race (we’ll see tomorrow).
My girlfriends came with me for the trip so we had a girl’s night at Suzy Wong’s House of Yum.
20131108_21455720131108_195016It’s a must go. Cheap, delicious Americanized Asian food. Not authentic by any means but everything I tried was delicious.

{My favorite kind of carb loading with unpictured Jasmine rice. Mmm.}

Now it’s time for bed. There are frat guys on my floor so I don’t know how restful of a sleep this is going to be. The Florida Vandy game is in Gainesville tomorrow so I don’t know what’s up. We’ll see about all that in the morning. :)

Go Gators!

how to: eat clean while traveling

5 miles (54:54, 10:58 pace)



This is my last post about Fit Social but I promise it’s a good one.20130929_182351.2Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come easy to me. Just like everyone else I have days where I really, really, really want that pizza/cupcake/pasta/etc. Most of the time I abstain. Some of the time I give in. It’s that balance that keeps me grounded.

While away for the weekend I didn’t get to do much outside of the hotels, but being away from my “normal” (eggs/protein, lunch salad, two paleo snacks and a dinner of protein and veg) was difficult.

It’s almost easy to stay on track when everything stays the same, but what do you do when life is full of surprises? Where and what do you eat on the go?

Not going to lie. I ate a lot of salads.20130927_195642Appetizer salad at Friday night’s hotel dinner. I tried jicama for the first time. Not bad. 20130928_131855
Black and bleu salad at Cedar Creek Pub on Saturday.rootdownRoasted beets, arugula, goat cheese toasted hazelnuts, beet-sunflower seed pesto and basil vinaigrette at Root Down DIA on Sunday. BEST AIRPORT FOOD EVER.

But they were some pretty fantastic salads. That’s usually my go-to lunch staple with a vinegar-based dressing on the side. Boring to some but it’s what you make of it. Nourishing your body makes it happy.

1. Eat local.
One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to check out the local eats. We stopped at a cute brunch spot in Boulder called Snooze Saturday morning. 20130928_082759I swapped out the toast and hashbrowns for fruit and added a bunch of veg to the omelet.20130928_075950The local places tend to have less grease and healthier selections. Plus the food is 10x better than anything you’re going to get at your local Fridays.

2. Stick to what you know.
I’m the first to try something new on vacation but to an extent. I’ll try the deep-fried frog legs, garlic butter-laden escargot and lavender lemonade while away from home but there’s a difference between trying and indulging. No one needs an entire plate of deep-fried anything.
Even when traveling I still try and stick with my general pattern of eating. Breakfast is still coffee (got to have one vice, no?), eggs and protein or fruit and yogurt. Lunch is a salad or protein and veg. Dinner is the same. Two snacks (AM before lunch and PM before dinner) or I’m a crazy biotch. Always. 20130928_065149My roomie, Courtenay, may have rivaled my Starbucks addiction. A total enabler.

While protein and veg might seem boring for two out of three meals there are limitless possibilities. Not every one of my meals is salmon and asparagus (although that is a weekly staple at home).20130928_183931I cheated with a smidge of risotto because everyone raved about it but I filled half my plate with grilled veggies and those were 10x better.

3. Be prepared.
So there’s nowhere to get eggs in the morning? Coffeemaker is jacked up? All they’re serving for dinner is rock-hard fishy chicken? Have a backup plan.
Friday morning I figured I could stop in the BNA Starbucks and get oatmeal for breakfast before my flight but no luck there. No hot food at that Starbucks? I was bummed but not defeated because I came prepared with a LUNA bar. Super delicious. Not a liquid. Totally airport-safe.20130927_054532
How do you keep it clean while traveling? What are your favorite tips, tricks or brands to keep up your lifestyle while on the go? I’d love to hear them!