My Friend Passport – Shelley Audette

Shelley is another great friend I have met throughout my journey as a Flight Attendant and who I was lucky enough to have welcome me into her home, when I went to New York, for the recent IIN Live conference. As New York is my theme for the month and with so many things to see and do, Shelley offers another insiders choice on how to spend a fit and fabulous 24 hours, in the city that never sleeps.

Friend Stamp – Shelley Audette

Shelley Audette

Shelley Audette

Shelley’s take on how we met..
I met Linda in NYC on her birthday in 2011. This was our first face to face. We had a number of mutual friends but never happened to be at the same place at the same time. Everyone always spoke very highly about Linda and vice versa about me to her. We friended each other on Facebook and now the rest is history.

NYC Hotel foyer, whilst visiting on an impromptu pull out from standby! Happy days!

NYC Hotel foyer, whilst visiting on an impromptu pull out from standby! Happy days!

Which gorgeous part of New York City is lucky enough to have you as a current resident?
I live in Astoria, Queens, NYC. I get to have a friendly neighbourhood feel but am just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tell me a bit about yourself…
I am a Canadian who was made the move to NYC 3 years ago after marrying the love of my life. I have a fond interest in cooking and sharing healthy lifestyle tips with my friends.

Let loose in New York City for 24 hours only, what would be on your list of must do and see?
My must see would include: Museum of Modern Art, Barbuto, Big Gay Ice Cream shop (for those with ad sweet tooth), a stroll through the west village, the Highline and 5 ptz graffiti park.

When travelling what staple items are in your carry on luggage?
I try and only pack a carry on. Having been in a long distance relationship with Bobby for 3 years before moving here, I need to travel as light as possible. I can fit a full weeks worth of clothing in my carry on. I have a real fear that the airline will lose my luggage.

What are your best tips for staying on track with regards to healthy eating and exercise whilst away from your homely creature comforts and routine?
I like to preplan where I can find green smoothies or juice. They are the key to keeping my body in check when I am away. When on vacation I typically opt to walk every where so I can enjoy the tasty delights of what ever city I am visiting.

Where are your favourite places to shop in NYC for healthy, organic whole foods and supplements?
Whole foods and Costco are my go to but we supplement with grocery delivery from Fresh Direct. We also frequent a few little organic shops in Astoria.

What would be your choice of New York’s number one, healthy dining hotspot?
Depends how you define healthy, our favorite spot to eat out is Bareburger. I know the source of all their ingredients and they are all organic and animal friendly.

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Are there any fitness classes or places to enjoy training outdoors, that you would consider unique to New York City?
Central Park is always lovely for a walk through the park, bike ride or run.

What’s your favoured on the go, healthy snack choice?
Fresh fruit. We always have a fridge full so they are easy accessible.

Thank-you Shelley… oh and did I mention she is also responsible for getting me onto the green smoothie challenge in April….what a grand idea!!! Thanks again!

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