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Healthy Guide to Traveling

Healthy Guide to Traveling

“For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.” ~The Beach

 

Traveling can be exhausting and many people find themselves needing a vacation after a vacation. That just doesn’t seem right but it used to happen to me too. The airplane ride alone would drain me of all of my energy. I just traveled for 2 weeks (honeymoon!) and wrote down everything I did to keep myself feeling good, fully enjoying the vacation time and coming home feeling like I actually took time off. Here are my top healthy traveling practices for you.

 

Water.

Drink plenty of it, especially on the plane. I buy two of the biggest bottles available for the flight and make sure I drink them both down. Airplanes are very dehydrating. Since vacations tend to mean alcohol it’s easy to forget to drink water, become dehydrated and not feel so hot. On your trip make sure to drink water every chance you get. To avoid the cost of water bottles, and to lower the environmental impact of all of that plastic, bring your own glass or BPA free water bottle and fill it up at the hotel gym. The water in the gym is typically filtered, refreshing, cold, and free!

 

Supplements. 

Vitamin C is my plane ride support. After security and buying my water bottles I scoop the vitamin C powder into the water and shake. My all time favorite by Healthforce Nutritionals is made from Acerola Cherry, easy to digest and very tasty. Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system strong while you are in close proximity to other peoples’ germs and also helping your cells stay hydrated (among a thousand other things Vit C does for you).

Also bring electrolyte packets to mix with water or a B complex for those nights you enjoy a bit too much wine and to replenish some lost nutrients by not always eating optimally. Nobody wants to lose a vacation day being hungover!

 

Stretch.

On a vacation I rarely find the willpower to do a full workout but I do always find time to do yoga and stretch. Even on the plane. I go to the back of the plane by the bathroom (when the seatbelt light is off of course) and do basic standing arm and leg stretches. Nobody can see me except a flight attendant, who never minds, and it helps get the blood moving and keep you sane. Once I’m at my destination, if I don’t have a yoga mat I put a few towels down on the ground and get in even just 5 minutes of yoga. Especially after just arriving 5 minutes can make you feel like a new person.

 

Split meals.

Vacations tend to mean eating out or ordering food for every single meal, resulting in eating a whole lot more than you usually do. For one meal a day order a salad and choose to split a meal. When I do this I feel lighter, it’s cheaper and I don’t end up wasting half of a plate of food (whether that be in my stomach or in the trash).

 

Refresh with Essential Oil Sprays.

This is something I had no idea I was missing out on until I tried it. When I travel I always bring these two sprays, one for the room and one for my face.

Dr. Schulze Air Spray completely changes the smell and even the feel of a room. It’s refreshing, invigorating, light and cleansing. Whenever I take a bath I spray it around the bath as well. We truly have a bottle in almost every room of our house, so yes I’m obsessed with it. Made from eucalyptus and citrus organic essential oils, it destroys bacteria, viruses, pathogens and antigens on contact. Amazing.

I also bring AnnMarie Gianni’s Rosemary Facial Toner that I spray on my face whenever I’m feeling I could use a burst of moisture and energy. It helps keep me going on those long adventurous days and is small enough to take with you on the plane to refresh dry or sleepy skin. 

 

Fast fact: To ease the feelings of fatigue, soreness and hangovers that traveling can bring make sure to drink plenty of water, use your hotel gym to refill your water bottle, be armed with your favorite supplements, stretch, split meals and stay refreshed with your favorite scents of essential oils. 

Action: Test these new practices out and feel the difference. What are your travel practices? Please let me know!

 

Love and brussels sprouts,

  

 

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