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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ideas for Staying Healthy While and After Traveling

Staying healthy while traveling
Travelling throws things off for me. For one, I always manage to feel like I can't, um, poop on a trip. Sorry for the overshare, but it's true. The other thing that tends to happen when I travel is that I get sick upon my return. I recently went to Arizona for my little brother's wedding and decided, doggonit, neither of those things were going to happen to me on this trip! I'm happy to report, neither did...because I was prepared.

I brought a lot of stuff with me to keep me healthy, kept my exercise routine as close to normal as possible and got lots of sleep. I filled up my water bottle in the airport and dumped an Emergen-C packet into it, then downed the whole thing once I got on the plane. After which I promptly sanitized everything my hands, arms, etc. touched with hand sanitizer. Here are some of the other things I did and strongly recommend if you're travelling a lot or a little:

  • Make sure you still get plenty of veggies
  • Listen to your body! If you eat a big meal, don't feel like you have to eat another
  • Drink a large green smoothie on the morning of your trip, your tummy will thank you later
  • Stay hydrated by bringing a large bottle of water with you wherever you go
  • Stay on track by exercising every day. You'll automatically eat less if you do some vigorous exercise and break a good sweat every day

You can always chance it and try to purchase the following things when you get to your destination, or, if you're budget-conscious like me, you can just bring:
  • Quick oatmeal packets or pre-measured oatmeal
  • Flax meal 
  • Nuts in pieces that can be sprinkled on oatmeal or eaten by themselves
    •  Make yourself oatmeal with the hot water from the hotel coffee maker
    • Sweeten it with Greek yogurt that you can purchase at convenience stores or grocery stores or get honey packets from the barista or bar in the hotel
  • Protein bars (my favorite are Luna protein bars)
  • Any fruits and veggies that travel well in purses and carry-on bags (like oranges, crisp apples, baby carrots, etc.)
  • Vitamins (my favorite are Vitamin C, fish oil, acidophilus, food-based multi, Gingko Biloba and B Complex)
  • Melatonin (this helps when you have a time change to adjust to or a hard time sleeping in new places)
  • Did I mention hand sanitizer?
What are your go-to tips for staying healthy while traveling? 

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