This time of year usually brings lots of holiday travel. How do you stay healthy and happy while on the road (or in the air)? These tips will help!
With the holiday season in full swing, chances are that you or someone you know will be traveling to visit friends or family. I’m actually writing this article on a plane, making this a healthy, productive trip! Here are some of my favorite easy tips to stay happy and healthy while flying.
When we leave our regular routine, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water. Make a conscious effort to drink half of your weight in ounces every single day. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs., drink 100 oz. of water.
I fly often, so I usually bring an empty water bottle with me to fill up once I pass security. The TSA guy told me that you can bring a frozen water bottle through security with no problems, but I haven’t tried that yet!
BYOF (Bring Your Own Food!)
Don’t rely on unhealthy and unsatisfying airline snacks. It’s easy to pack your own that taste better, and it will even save you money! I like to choose snacks that are higher in protein and healthy fats, because they keep me feeling fuller longer. They also take up less space! Some of my favorite travel snacks:
- Coconut flakes
- Nuts (currently cashews, macadamias, and pecans are my faves)
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior protein and or Ormus Greens in a baggie, then shake it up in a water bottle
- Hard boiled eggs
- Supplements: Travel is stressful on the body, so it’s important to give your body some extra nutrients to keep healthy. I like to load up on these supplements for a couple of days before and after travel:
- Vitamin C: On a regular basis, I take 1000 mg daily, but during travel times, I boost it to 3000mg. This is one of those nutrients that is important for almost every process in the body, including the immune system, skin, and energy levels.
- Glutathione: our liver is what filters out toxins in our bodies, and when traveling the liver usually gets extra burden. Your body can make this from foods like avocado (I order avocado on the side of almost any restaurant meal!), and you can also take the supplement form.
- Extra Protein: our body uses amino acids from protein to keep the immune system strong. Try having a Sunwarrior protein shake before, during, or after travel for maximum protection!
- Optional: for a super immune boost, take Sunwarrior Immune Shield for a couple of days before you travel, and throughout your trip too, if possible.
On a plane, you really have no choice except to sit and focus on one thing for hours at a time. Use this to your advantage to get some things done that you’ve been wanting to accomplish (like me writing this article!). Or read that book you’ve been meaning to get to. Or learn something new. When I was taking my latest nutrition certification, I watched most of the course videos on a plane! Use the time in a way that feels good to you, instead of counting the minutes until the flight is over.
On the flip side, maybe the plane is a good place for you to finally learn how to meditate. Download some guided meditations and arrive at your destination in a Zen state of mind! Or stock up on your favorite magazines that you never seem to have time to read. I rarely watch TV, but when I fly, I’ll download some episodes of Game of Thrones (I’m still in Season 3 lol!) and binge watch them on the flight. Find something that you enjoy doing and plan for it!
What are some of your favorite healthy travel tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments section!