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We don’t have to tell you that San Diego’s health and fitness scene is fire. But on the off chance you were busy with an oceanside savasana or posted up on a patio with a cold-pressed juice and missed the latest buzz, don’t worry — we’ve been keeping tabs on things.
One Paseo is still growing! Tocaya Organica, San Diego’s favorite place to score a healthy take on Mexican cuisine, has debuted its third location in the Del Mar hot spot. Your new motivation during a sweaty SoulCycle class or BODYROK mash-up? Tocaya’s tasty avocado-topped tacos and flavor-filled bowls.
The gym-meets-resort experience has finally made its way to San Diego. Life Time’s latest health and fitness club features upscale equipment, multiple studio spaces, and luxury amenities all housed in a whopping 56,000-square-foot destination. When it comes to classes, take your pick of everything from kickboxing and kettlebells to cycling, yoga, and HIIT. And if you need a little R&R after your workout, just make your way to their in-house spa or the on-site healthy cafe to refuel.
Root down and rise up at San Diego’s newest yoga studio, Root + Flow Yoga. Small but mighty, this Mira Mesa spot is all about inclusivity and helping yogis create a mind-body connection through purposeful movement. The schedule is packed with a variety of practices, too, including Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Sculpt, and Ashtanga. Oh, and rumor has it they’ll be adding rope wall classes in 2020!
San Diego is all about the fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, and Farmer’s Table is delivering. The popular farm-to-table restaurant has announced plans to open its fourth location in South Bay. Set to open in early 2020, you can expect they’ll be replicating the other three eateries’ recipe for success by serving up fresh, organic ingredients and unique Italian-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Get ready to move your asana in Bay Park! YogaSix will soon be opening their newest location in central San Diego. A little birdie also told us that they also plan to cut the ribbon on studios in North Carlsbad and Little Italy, too, so you’ll be sweating up and down San Diego’s coast in no time.
Get ready to veg out, North County folks. Encinitas plant-based favorite, EVE, has made its way up the coast to Oceanside. The hip eatery’s second space is now open, so you can stop by for a signature Buddha Bowl, flatbread, or smoothie—and everything else you can order from the OG spot—between catching waves and soaking up the sun.
Mesa Rim has broken ground on its third location in North City! The 28,000-square-foot full-service rock climbing and bouldering gym will feature 52-foot walls, plus space for yoga and fitness classes. Can't wait for their doors to open in August 2020? Visit the Mira Mesa or Mission Valley spaces to get your bouldering fix.
San Diego’s own Netflix-famous brand The Gluten Free Baking Company (anyone else catch Sugar Rush?) is moving from wholesale to retail, and it’s safe to say we’re excited. In February, they’re opening their first brick-and-mortar bakery in North Park, where they’ll be dishing out all of your bready favorites, like cinnamon rolls, bagels, and cupcakes, all made without even a hint of gluten.
Point Loma coffee shop fave, Local Krave, has officially opened the doors to its second location in Pacific Beach! Known for its famous Kraveman Coffee (a comforting blend of house coffee, grass-fed butter, organic coconut oil, honey, and cream), nourishing breakfast sandwiches, and drool-worthy acai bowls, this spot is perfect for pre-beach day fuel.
With the recent announcement of F45 Training’s plans to open a seaside spot on Coronado, it’s clear the boutique brand is planning a full-on takeover of the SD fitness scene. But hey, we’re not complaining — we’ll take a new place to sweat it out before some beach hangs. While you wait for the doors to open, why not crush some burpees and box jumps at one of the Aussie-born functional fitness gym’s nearly 20 other San Diego spaces.
Downtown’s Yoga One is heading to the hills with the opening its second location in early spring. Get ready for all of the yoga classes you already love, plus community and wellness events in a picturesque studio decked out with natural light, free parking, and canyon views. Namaste, ya’ll.
Plant-based foodies, we’ve got a new spot for you to hit up. Introducing The Plot, a recently-opened restaurant in Oceanside that’s far from your average meat-free affair. The reason? You won’t find any processed foods here, as the health-focused eatery makes all of its plant-based proteins (think chicken, burgers, and more) in-house. Did we mention it’s also San Diego’s first zero-waste restaurant? We’ll make the drive up the coast for this place any day.
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.