8 Healthy Tips for Traveling

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Maintaining healthy habits while traveling is easier said than done. During my trip to Richmond last week, there were several healthy habits that got pushed aside due to time restrictions or lack of routine, but I think the trick is in doing what you can while still enjoying yourself. Sometimes that means settling for the good healthy choice instead of the best healthy choice (and being okay with that).

This was one of the most enjoyable trips I've had in a long time and I think a lot of that was due to taking care of myself. Here are a few healthy things I tried while traveling:

Walk everywhere.
I purposely arrived at the airport earlier than needed so I could walk before sitting on the flight. The Atlanta airport has an underground train to whisk you to your terminal, but it's actually just 5-minutes to walk the whole thing. People are always pushing to get onto the train and, once aboard, are crammed in like sardines. Hello, germ-fest! Walking to my gate was an easy option since it meant less time crowded in a tiny space and more time to stretch my legs and listen to podcasts.

Don't eat at the airport.
Surprisingly, this was a hard one for me. Atlanta airport is full of restaurants, so the smell of food is everywhere. I wasn't even hungry, but it was tempting to get something eat just for something to do. Despite the abundance of food, there is a severe lack of healthy options so I'd recommend packing your own snacks or take a different approach. See below.

Try intermittent fasting.
I decided to fast on my flight to Richmond, so I ate a big breakfast with lots of healthy fats that morning to tide me over. It ended up being a total of nine hours without eating, although right before boarding I got a hot tea to sip on the plane. I've tried intermittent fasting before, but this was my first time doing it while traveling. I was pleasantly surprised by how good I felt! It kept me from mindlessly snacking in the airport and on my flight and I managed to completely avoid that bloated/hot stomach feeling from traveling.

Drink hot tea.
Drinking warm liquids when flying is an Ayurvedic practice that I recently read about. Warm water or herbal teas are more hydrating and help with digestion - two things that often suffer when flying. Sipping on something warm can also be very calming. I speak from experience, I was sound asleep within a few minutes of take-off.

Wash your hands.
Duh. I know I looked like a germophobe in the airport, but I didn't care. Every chance I got, I used my Dr. Bronner's hand sanitizer to avoid the abundance of germs. I always feel a bit like a superhero if I manage to avoid getting sick while traveling.

Take digestive bitters before eating.
Because I knew I'd be eating out a lot on this trip, I packed my Urban Moonshine digestive bitters. I had been using them a few weeks before traveling, but I really experienced their benefits on this trip. You can read more about the benefits of digestive bitters here, but basically they jump start your digestive system before you eat. I was able to eat out without the stomach bloat or digestive problems that often accompany restaurant food.

Boost your immune system.
I've written about the wonders of Manuka honey before, but it's a powerful remedy to keep on hand when traveling. I buy these on-the-go packs from Wedderspoon that I can easily toss in my suitcase or purse. If I'm feeling a sore throat coming on or just want to give my immune system a boost, I'll take one in the morning.

Stretch it out. 
It's not easy to carve out time to workout while traveling. My yoga practice definitely suffered during this trip, but I didn't beat myself up about it. Fit in a good stretch whenever you can. Maybe it's a 2-minute sun salutation when you roll out of bed or a few down dogs and child's poses at the end of the day. A little can go a long way when it comes to caring for your body.

Hopefully these tips will help you stay healthy and happy while traveling this holiday season! That said, I am not a doctor or health professional so please do your own research first. These are all things that I've tried personally and work for me, but we all react different to stress and travel. Do some research. Listen to your body. It's one of the most fascinating things you can do!

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