When I stepped off the plane at Heathrow, I felt great, and eager to start my vacation. My strategies for a stay-healthy flight paid off big time! By the time I was in the cab to Central London, though, I was on to the next challenge of staying healthy once I’ve landed.
Being healthy on the road is possible, my friends!
I’ll be repeating some of the tips from my last post, because they are as important post-boarding as they are pre-boarding, so bear with me!
First things first – do some research and find a nearby farmers’ or open-air market for fresh, organic and even local produce. Go, shop around—it’s fun!—and stock up so that you have healthy options in the hotel room. This will come in handy the moment you are considering grabbing that late-night Snickers that costs 50 dollars from the mini bar. Not only is it robbing you blind, it’s going straight to your ass as well. Not worth it in any capacity.
BYE BYE PUFF the bloating dragon!
Like I said before, don’t let bloat and its ugly step-sister water retention be your unwelcome travel companions. Send them packing with a cup of yogi detox tea or dandelion tea, both natural diuretics.
Much as I’d like to buy a new wardrobe when I arrive at my destination, I’d rather not have to size up—so I keep these go-to brews within easy reach to keep the puffies away. Eating asparagus, fennel, dandelion greens and parsley can also help you thwart water retention.
Fiber, Fiber read all about it!
The colon is a creature of habit, and when you are traveling it automatically makes the colon go “whassup?”. Toss a package of chia seeds in your bag. They make a tasty mix-in for smoothies, can be easily thrown into the mix with other foods….you can even put it on a salad. They are full of fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Best of all, chia seeds give you a healthy dose of natural fiber for dealing with getting “stuck”…if you know what I am saying (nudge nudge, wink wink). Flax is another natural and good option and so is magnesium! I like a product called mag 07 and it works well for a lot of my clients.
I take a ton of supplements because I am working on my immune system! I literally have a huge pillbox (the same one as my grandparents have) that I separate my doses in and that makes it easy, stress free, and you don’t have to miss a dose! Probiotics are also a great idea if you are traveling….as well as immune boosters like vitamin C or a great B complex.
I know, I know, you are on vacation, but, seriously, one of the best things you can do for yourself is get your blood flowing and help your circulation out after you have been sedentary. If you don’t want to get your tush to the gym, then at least make the commitment to yourself to walk where you are going, get outside with your dose of vitamin D, and start movin’! If you are sightseeing, move your buns and save the taxi fare for a great souvenir.
Make yourself a healthy trail mix ahead of time. Mix a big batch of sprouted nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, and some cacao for sweetness. You can split it up into small zip lock baggies, so you always have some to grab ‘n go! This is where your juice that you packed can come in handy as well! Also, fresh fruit that you picked up when you first arrived….see where I am going with this?
If you can’t get or pack green juice before your trip you can always buy and pack the powdered greens from the health food store and still give your body the nutrients it deserves while traveling.
Hit the sack.
Last but not least…everyone wants to feel rejuvenated after a trip. Sleep is majorly, I repeat majorly, important for your health. I recommend putting a drop of lavender essential oil on your pillow, in your bathtub, and on your temples when you are winding down.
The appealing aroma of lavender essential oil helps you relax, sleep better, and even minimize pain. Breathe it in and put a drop on your pillow for better zzz’s! I also have a free rain app on my phone so that I can fall asleep to nature sounds or white noise. This will really help when you are in an unfamiliar place, or there is noise around you in a hotel, etc.
There you have it. Now you are prepared and ready to enjoy your trip worry-free. Bon voyage! 🙂