How to eat & stay healthy while travelling

by Polly N on January 23, 2014

I know staying healthy can be challenging at the best of times, when you are surrounded by temptations but trying to do so while travelling and you’re without your home comforts, it can make it even trickier which is why I am writing this post today.

Yesterday I got up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight to Germany with my Mum. Given that the Germans aren’t known for their vegetarian or vegan tendencies, I figured I might have a challenge on my hands with regards to eating the way I am used to and the way I like, which makes me feel good mentally and emotionally. In cases like these, it’s important to get prepared. And I’m so glad I did, as so far the menu’s we’ve seen consist of sausage, curried sausage and meat of some description! But there are ways around this, which I will get to in a minute. But first, let’s look at the preparation stage:

PREPARATION

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About a week before I was due to travel, I started making a list of all the things I wanted to take with me. It’s a good idea to jot items down as you move through the days leading up to your trip, as when you come to pack, you can often forget the most crucial and obvious things.

It was only an hour’s flight so I didn’t go crazy on the food prep, and instead on the morning of, quickly chopped up the mango and put it in a stainless steel container. The container comes with a small inner tin which fits snugly inside and can be used for anything so if I had been on a long-haul flight, I would have made a salad and used the small tin for the dressing. In this case I filled it with goji berries and mulberries to snack on.

The day before, I made myself a huge green juice, drank half and reserved the rest in an airtight glass jar in the fridge which I drank in the car on the way to the airport the next morning. I’m not that great with really early mornings and I knew I would need some revitalizing enzymes to boost me up and prepare me for the journey. One of the perks of having a Tribest Green Star Elite juicer is that that more of the nutrients survive when left over a period of time compared to other juicers. This way I wasn’t juicing frantically and cleaning the juicer the morning of travel.

I found these amazing eco-friendly, re-useable pouches that fasten with Velcro which I put nuts and seeds in. The brand is Snack’nGo.

I packed my Organic Burst chlorella tablets as it contains the highest amount chlorophyll per gram than any other plant on earth. I particularly like Organic Burst because it’s grown organically high up in the Mongolian Plateau in bright sunshine and crystal clear mineral-rich underground spring water. This means it’s really high in natural Vitamin D (something many of us are lacking especially living in UK!), Vitamin K, selenium, folic acid, iodine, iron and the elusive Vitamin B12.

I also took my stainless steel bottle, 2 satsuma, peppermint tea bags, Udo’s Choice Probiotics to help with digestion and  immunity, Inspiral Purple corn Kale chips, almonds & walnuts.  I also like to travel with my essential oils; lavender which aids sleep, DoTerra’s ‘Breathe’, Australian Bush Flower Essences “Emergency Oral Spray’ and ‘Love System Calm & Clear skin & space mist’.  The oral spray assists in ‘emotional distress, panic and fear’ which I thought I would use on my Mum more than myself as she’s not a great flyer but in the end, she did great. It was me that wishes I hadn’t watched a movie with Nicholas Cage last week which features a catastrophic  plane crash where it burst into flames!! Ooops! Thankfully, we had a really easy flight and our bags were first off the carousel (something I like to do when I check in at the departure airport is send my bag off with love and it always comes back to me safely.)

I always like to carry lip balm with me and my favourite is Oh-Lief’s ‘Natural Lip Balm’ and to prevent dry hands, I carry Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream.

As I figured my healthy options would be limited, I took my Tribest Personal Blender, which is an awesome piece of equipment. It comes in a compact travel bag and fits in a case easily. Across from our hotel, I found a small delicatessen/health shop which had a small fresh produce section so I picked up some banana, spinach, kiwi and a pear so I’m prepared to whizz up a nutritious smoothie anytime with a drop of water.

Personal blender

ON THE PLANE

Throughout the journey I was moving my legs and feet to increase blood flow and circulation. I have to wear my incredibly tight lymphedema tights as although I don’t have any problems with the condition these days, it’s always advisable to wear them when flying, just incase. I also got up and walked around which can help too.

I drank lots of water to stay hydrated as the air up there can dry you out. You can often ask the air hostess to fill up your bottle with water for you rather than having to sip on the small polystyrene cups they give out.

Stay warm with fluffy socks. A cashmere jumper is always handy and I never go anywhere without a scarf!

ON ARRIVAL

When I got to the hotel, I lay on the bed with my feet elevated against the wall to help any fluid flow from my feet and ankles and help with drainage. Then I took a nap.

Jet-lag can mess you up, especially on long-haul flights, so it’s always great to get connected to the time zone by walking barefoot on the earth, grass or sand where possible.

I also like to take some time for meditation as I find travelling quite frantic so to chill out my nervous system, 20-30 minutes of stillness is a must.

EATING

We arrived at the hotel restaurant towards the end of lunch service so there was a limited menu, which consisted of sausage, curried sausage, pork and a turkey salad which really doesn’t fit with either mine or my Mum’s diet. So we both ordered the turkey salad although I asked for mine without the meat. They arrived and they were huge! Rocket, spinach, little gem, cucumber, radish, peppers and tomatoes in a citrus dressing. It totally hit the spot but I couldn’t finish it all, so I asked if I could take it away with me, which the waiter kindly organised for me. This turned out perfectly because by 7pm, neither of us could be bothered to go downstairs again for dinner so we shared the remainder and had some fruit for dessert.

Here are some tips to help you when you go out to eat:

  • Don’t be afraid to order off the menu – explain your dietary needs and ask nicely for what you would like
  • If you see something on one meal that you’d like, and something on another meal, ask if the chef would be kind enough to serve them together for you.
  • Order soup and ask when it was made. Usually, it will be made fresh everyday so this is a good option.
  • Order a side salad to go with your meal to aid digestion, especially if you choose to eat meat.
  • If you’re unsure of the dressing, ask for it to be served on the side or for a simple oil, vinegar and honey dressing to made up for you.
  • Take your own Pink Himalayan salt with you. (Table salt is toxic!)

 

What are your favourite tips for travelling healthy? Please tell us in the comments below and share the goodness!

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Jon January 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

Wow you take time to prep this stuff, well done. I would love to be that dedicated. You inspire me to get off my bum and get it done :-)

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