Wanna learn how to Avoid Getting Sick, Tired, and Fat While Traveling? Then read on!
My simple solutions to staying well, looking and feeling Fit ‘n Healthy are all here.
I wanted to ‘cover the all bases for you’, so I divided this blog post into 4 parts.
But before I get into the nitty gritty of healthy air travel, ever wonder what it is about traveling that puts you at such a high risk for ill health?
Well, traveling, especially via airplane, actually exposes you to a greater amount of toxicity. It throws your circadian rhythm out of whack, and forces you to sit for hours on end.
NOT the best for your health or slim waist line.
Add in dehydration and you have a recipe for disaster when it comes being Fit ‘n Healthy!
Good news is, travelling doesn’t have to trash your body.
I’ve personally just come from a 15 day trip to Belize, with my family, and I’ve figured out how to do it without whole body destruction.
In this 4-part series of blog posts, I’ll share how to avoid getting sick, tired and fat while traveling, with my Fit ‘n Healthy Travel Tips. So you can feel like a million bucks when you travel too.
In Part 1 (this article) – I show you the foods I bring on the plane and in my suitcase.
In Part 2 – I focus on essential travel supplements.
In Part 3 – I cover the best exercises while traveling.
And Part 4 – I include a list of remedies for you to take in your travel first aid kit.
Before I get into my recommended Food Essentials, let’s take a closer look at the first culprit to unhealthy air travel – the amount of toxicity you are exposed to.
From the time that you leave your home, to the arrival of your destination, you‘ve been literally inundated with chemicals from all sources.
This alone can make it tough to avoid getting sick, tired, and fat while traveling.
According to Green Med information, in their article ‘The Toxic Terrain of the Airplane: 4 Steps to Traveling Clean’, radiation from the airport scanners and being in transport on the plane, exposes you to a menu of toxins including:
- Bottled water (containing plasticizers like Bisphenol A in the plastic itself).
- Hot coffee and tea in styrofoam cups (leeching out styrene and other aromatic compounds).
- Potential food “triggers” like processed dairy and sugar, high fructose corn syrup-containing soft drinks, alcohol, peanuts, and gluten-rich snacks. As a side note to my Fit n Healthy readers: food triggers ‘turn on’ inflammation, a direct link to being sick, tired, and fat.
- Stale, stagnant air circulating amongst coughing, sneezing, runny-nosed passengers in close quarters.
And now, with the most recent evidence revealing a cocktail of hundreds of chemicals (including organophosphates in the same category as toxic nerve agents like Sarin) out of the cabin air before travelers are forced to breathe them in.
Next, a disruption in your circadian rhythm is not something to dismiss when it comes to keeping the weight off and staying healthy. Getting natural sunlight, especially in the AM, sets off a whole host of proper hormone signaling. This allows for good energy during the day, an overall sense of happiness, and best sleep at night. All of which set the foundation for a healthy metabolism.
And for pete’s sake…..sunglasses OFF when going outside! This is a future blog post I plan to do. Allowing the natural sunlight to enter into your eyes is SO IMPORTANT for best mood, sleep/wake cycles and becoming leptin sensitive. (healthy weight)
Without obviously looking directly INTO the sun of course.
Lastly, sitting for too long has its own set of health challenges.
“Did you know chronic sitting has a mortality rate similar to smoking?”
There is an extraordinary amount of information out now that links too much sitting to all sorts of health problems, getting fat is just one of them. Accelerated aging is another. Not what a ‘Fit n healthy’ wants!
There is even a book out by Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona State University Obesity Initiative, called, ‘Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It’.
For me, I truly believe one of the ways I am able to stay at my healthy weight, optimal body fat, and desired muscle mass is by making it a point of only sitting between 1 and 2 hrs per day.
Ok, so now it’s time for my simple solutions to avoid getting sick, tired, and fat while traveling with these….
Part 1 – Travel Food Essentials
Here is my list of foods I travel with to avoid getting sick, feeling tired and getting fat.
1. Greens + fibre + immune supporting powders (premade) – I pre-make the ingredients for ‘green drink’ in separate zip lock bags and simply add water (into a cup of course). I typically have this as my first food of the day. My personal green drink includes: Genestra’s Phytogreens (for energy and aids in detox), Genestra’s Herbal Bulk (for proper bowel movements and aids in detox), Colostrum (for immune balancing and aids in muscle building), Creatine (for muscle repair and aids in muscle building), Collagen protein (for healthy skin and joints), plus I add in slippery elm bark (a ‘nutrient rich’ herbal that gives a slight malt flavor and acts as an anti-inflammatory for the digestive tract) + sunflower lecithin (a healthy fat – NOTE: avoid ‘soy’ lecithin) + moringa leaf (my new addition to the mix- another ‘nutrient rich’ herbal, anti-inflammatory, supports healthy liver, acts as a natural antimicrobial and tastes great).
2. VegiDay Coconut Chips with Pumpkin, Sunflower & Chia Seeds. Great for snacking on the plane or in conjunction with my AM ‘green drink’ (shown above). Healthy ingredients. High in GOOD fats, very low in carbs, and tastes great.
3. VegiDay Breakfast Cereal. Great to mix in with a cup of berries or sliced whole fruit. Contains healthy ingredients. High in GOOD fats, very low in carbs, and adds a crunchy texture.
4. Veggie chips. One thing I find is it’s tough to get any decent vegetables while traveling! So, I bring my own dehydrated ones. See attached photo for the ones I brought on my last trip.
5. Wilderness family Coconut milk (dehydrated). Coconut milk is a healthy fat that I have fallen in love with. It’s a good fat that I add (about 1/4 cup) to my daily bowl of berries (or sliced whole fruits) + VegiDay Breakfast Cereal. Mix with a little water (and protein powder) and yummy! It’s a great breakfast, lunch, or even light dinner.
6. Genestra’s Pro Whey Vanilla Protein Powder. This is my protein powder of choice that I add to my fruit/breakfast cereal/coconut milk combo. Mixes and digests very well. Tastes delicious too.
7. Spry gum– I love to chew gum. I like it for fresh breath, plus it helps me from mindlessly snacking when I don’t need to. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to cause blood sugar havoc (not to mention health implications), so I choose to chew ‘natural gum’ for these reasons.
I surely hope you found my simple solutions helpful to avoid getting sick, tired, and fat while traveling.
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