A Healthy Guide To LA
There is no denying that when it comes to food, and healthy food, LA is kind of where it all happens! Its the mothership and the where all of the action tends to happen first. Us Brits are keeping up though and are giving those LA kids a run for their money. That being said, I REALLY want to go there to experience it all - a trip is on the cards everyone so my updates will be coming soon.
In the meantime here is an LA Guide to Healthy Living from Meghan Markle, a native Angeleno, foodie, and founder of the awesome website for all things travel & health called The TIG
When I tell people I am born and raised in LA, typically eyebrows arch and a look of bewilderment crosses over their faces. LA is a city of transients - people coming from all over the world searching out the Hollywood dream, the beautiful weather, and the California way of life; us natives are few and far between.
Having grown up in The City of Angels, I love to stay on top of what new fitness/eating/health crazes are sweeping the city, but at the end of the day, I always go back to many of the same incredible standbys.
By virtue of being in Los Angeles, the access to fresh produce and vibrant flavors make it a no brainer to eat clean and alkaline, and to fill your belly with the meals that make you look and feel fantastic. Plus, when it’s bikini season virtually 9 months out of the year, you’re sure to find some added inspiration to take care of your body. Above all of that, the way of life in my LA is all about taking care of your mind and spirit just as much as your body. Here are my absolutely favorite spots you can explore while in my hometown of Los Angeles to achieve just that.
Real Food Daily: This is the original vegan restaurant in LA - with two locations, and a menu as varied and inviting as it is healthy (think Mexican-inspired vegan tacos, seasonal platters, and delicious cashew cheesecake that’s heavenly). I always crave their “real food meal” which is a perfectly balanced plate of pickled veggies, garlicky greens, beans, grains, and a dressing of your choosing. I love the lime cilantro one, and literally order this to take on the plane before every flight!
Gracias Madre: A Mexican restaurant which also happens to be vegan and owned by the same people who have Gratitude Cafe. The food is delicious and the space is just beautiful - a great spot for drinks, as well as for margaritas laden with agave and fresh fruits.
La Scala: This is a Beverly Hills institution, and when I’m home there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t have their chopped salad with turkey. It’s beyond simple - shredded lettuce, shredded turkey, garbanzo beans, and I add cucumbers and tomatoes. This salad is one of those mysteries in life to me - I can try as I might to recreate it at home, but La Scala does something magical to this thing. It’s worth a stop - and great for star sighting as well.
Pilates Platinum: My favorite workout in LA - there are four locations and they are all just as great for a full body toning experience with great music and awesome instructors. My best friend started the company and I have watched it take off. There’s a reason Alessandra Ambrosio comes here to keep her Victoria Secret model figure in shape - the energy is great, the music is awesome, and most importantly - it works.
Hiking: LA is filled with the very best hiking trails - my favorite being Los Liones where you can trail run and see a stunning view of Santa Monica, Malibu, and on a clear day all the way out to Catalina Island. My mom and I do this run when I am home and it's so feel good it's amazing.
Hiking #2: I can't do this list without including Runyon Canyon. My relationship with this hiking trail is love/hate. There are about four different routes at various levels, dogs run free, and the views are beautiful (you can see all of downtown LA and Hollywood). The hate part is that on weekends it can get crowded and there is endless Hollywood talk of auditions and projects that are greenlit. If that's entertaining to you, or if you just tune it out, you'll be tapping into a quintessential LA hike.
Vedic Meditation with Light Watkins: I was introduced to Light through my good friend and COO of the Clean Program, Dhru Purohit. Light is one of those people whose energy is palpable the moment you meet him - transcendent, calming, therapeutic. He teaches seminars or privates for those seeking enlightenment. It makes the daunting process of meditation so simple. It's changed my life.
The Chopra Center: Just an hour outside of LA is the Deepak Chopra center offering classes, seminars for self improvement and a spa as well (where you can get an amazing Ayurvedic massage).
The Detox Market: The most perfectly curated shop for all natural products - be it beauty products and candles, lovely gifts and chemical free nail polishes. (Plus it's next door to Beverly Hills juice where you can go to one of the OG places for fresh pressed juice. Can't beat a classic).
Erewhon: The holy grail of health food stores. I have been coming here since high school, and whether you are grocery shopping, grabbing a meal to go or sitting at the elixir bar, you will find every product you need that makes eating healthy so easy. Biodynamic wines, house made kombucha, collard green wraps are just the beginning. It's awesome!
M Cafe: Macrobiotic meals served up daily - their breakfast burrito in a brown rice wrap is craveable, and their salad selections and miso salmon are equally delicious. I go here for a casual meal or for takeout. The last time I was there I saw Alicia Silverstone. Healthy foodies always find the right spots.
Sushi Park: Just hands down my favourite sushi in LA. Sit at the sushi bar and order omakase. It's in a strip mall as most good LA sushi spots are, and they have a sign that says "No California rolls." Don't come here if you're looking for cream cheese in your hand roll - it's just beautiful, clean, fresh sushi.
Meghan Markle stars as Rachel Zane in USA’s hit series, SUITS, which returns for the second half of season four in winter 2015.
Markle, is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University with a dual degree in Theater and International Relations. Her film credits include: “Horrible Bosses,” "Get Him to the Greek," "Remember Me" and "A Lot Like Love,” and recently “Oh Say Can You See” and the UK produced indie thriller “Anti-Social."
She recently launched a lifestyle website www.TheTig.com celebrating fashion, travel, food and redefining the idea of beauty - The TIG is lauded as Best of the Web in both InStyle Magazine and Elle Magazine.