Whether you’re camping, hotelling it, AirBnB-ing, visiting, glamping or hiking you can still be loyal to nourishing food choices.
Wellness while travelling might look like this.
- Pack your favourite, healthy snacks and as Michael Pollen says, “Never buy fuel for your body where you’d buy fuel for your car.” The same goes for airports. If you pack healthy snacks before you leave, you’ll never have to stop at gas stations or convenience stores when your stomach starts to growl.
- Water is your best friend, than coconut water, than tea. Take your own water bottle for that matter. Save the planet:)
- Reduce alcohol consumption. I likely don’t have to spell anymore out than that.
- Give priority to vegetables to help your mood, energy and B.Ms and if that’s lacking because your toilet doesn’t look and feel like your own, take some fiber supplements along with you. Or as I do, carry a portable coffee enema kit.
- Hey, if the food in front of you doesn’t look appealing or safe for one reason or another, call it a time to I.F. Yep, nothing wrong with a little intermittent fasting. Keeps you healthier.
- Keep away from those fancy mixed coffee beverages that are made with sugar syrups, i.e. chai or other flavoured latte, mocha, London Fog, French Vanilla cappuccino, etc.
- Visit a grocery store or food market instead of a restaurant. In a foreign country, this can be an interesting cultural experience.
- Find a kitchen and go play in it.
- Eat a treat a day. You’re on vacation, so of course you want to indulge. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you place limits on what that is.
- Take a digestive enzyme or Swedish Bitters before meals if the food is not what you’re used to. These supplements can help with digestion and of course bloating and gas. Who wants that while they’re travelling away from home.
*And while we are on the subject of eating, please remember to care for your internal microbiome by taking some wipes to clean toilet seats to ensure you don’t pick up something from someone else that you don’t need. 🙂
Instead of airplane meals or snacks, BYO. To help you stay on track — and make sure you don’t feel like garbage when you land, bring fruits with skins. trail mix and your favourite tea bags. But do avoid beans, lentils and cruciferous vegetables which are healthy for most people but on an airplane, they can lead to serious discomfort or of course some serious gas. Because of cramped quarters a powdered magnesium added to your water bottle can help calm your nervous system, promote a more restful sleep and helps increase hydration.
And, if you’re not eager about eating what’s available on board, why not just skip the airplane food altogether and fast. Pretty simple one here. There are no temptations to run for the fridge or the kitchen cupboard. 🙂
While all of these tips can help you travel well, the most important thing you can do throughout your trip is to not stress about food imperfection.
In short, enjoy yourself and the opportunity you’ve been given. If that means bringing your own desserts, then go for it. But don’t miss out on exploring all that new cuisines have to offer.