How to stay healthy while traveling

Whether you drive or fly to your vacation destination this summer, having access to fresh, energizing food can be a challenge. Most of the time, we just give in and get the overpriced unhealthy snack or have the indefinable plane food to keep us satiated until we reach our long awaited destination. We keep making these choices over and over because it seems more convenient and less time consuming. But how do we feel when we eat the strange smelling sandwich on the plane or the bag of chips while driving? Sluggish, bloated, tired, heart burn or headache โ€ฆ sound familiar? Wouldnโ€™t it be great if we could arrive at our final destination without these complaints and actually feel energized? So I thought I would share some tips with you, which make a huge difference for my clients and me:

Drink water, water, water

  • Staying hydrated while travelling will help avoid constipation, dry skin, heartburn and headaches 
  • Sugary drinks and coffee might give you quick energy, but it will ultimately cause your blood sugar to crash, leaving you more tired than before. It also depletes your body of important nutrients and hydration. 
  • Water is actually the solvent in which our nutrients and wastes travel within, hence it also helps to remove toxins from your body and boosts your metabolism

 Stay away from the โ€œBad White Fourโ€

  • White bread, white potato, white sugar and white rice are so called simple carbohydrates which are transformed into glucose (sugar) in your body, causing your blood sugar to rise very quickly and then to crash, leaving you on a roller coaster of mood swings and sugar cravings. These foods also contain very little to zero fiber, which is an essential part of your healthy digestive system, keeps you satiated longer and your blood sugar steady.   

Make smart choices

  • Instead choose foods, which are rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats which will give you long-lasting energy throughout your journey and support your mood and digestive system at the same time.
  • Here are just some simple snack suggestions, which you can quickly prepare at home or buy at any supermarket before your journey:
  1. Hummus, guacamole and other plant based spreads with raw veggie sticks
  2. Nut butters with sliced apple or raw veggie sticks
  3. Steamed or toasted sweet potato 
  4. Unsalted, raw nuts and seeds, such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  5. Dehydrated veggies, such as kale, beets and sweet potato 
  6. Roasted chickpeas or edamame beans
  7. Almond or coconut yogurt with fresh berries, nuts and seeds