Travel, Well Nourished
Travel is huge part of our family’s life and we have had our fair share of travel adventures lately. We have been jet-lagged and zonked; sleeping in different spots and experiencing new foods; out of sorts and in a time lapse; outside our comfort zone and completely off our daily routine. But the reality is, travel is the best form of personal growth, even if that means sometimes sacrificeing what makes us feel our best—eating as Nourished as we can and getting regular sleep. But with a little ingenuity and know-how, you won’t stray too far off track while exploring the unbeaten path
To stay Nourished during travel by preparing before you leave. Spend a few minutes researching healthy restaurants and farmer’s markets at your destination. Eating out can be expensive, so make sure to also look for supermarkets, farmer’s markets and local markets. These are sometimes the best ways to experience the city’s pulse and local culture.
Look for clean foods like fresh indigenous fruit and veggies, avocados, nuts and seeds. On our latest travels to Thailand, jackfruit, mangoes, mangosteen, coconuts and crazy spices were part of our everyday. Eat locally and you will experience some of the best foods of your life. We have never tasted mangoes so sweet. And mangosteen, the all mighty cancer-preventing superfood, was omnipresent and probably the best thing we have ever tasted. Not too mention the perfect little travel companion.
If you are going somewhere completely foreign to you, take a food tour, like the one we did with Asia Transpacific Journeys, and learn about the indigenous foods. We biked through the streets of Chiang Mai, thru neighbourhoods, ate where the locals eat. On our bike route, our tour guide pointed out all the exotic fruits growing in the region—jackfruit, durian, rambutan, langsat, longan. We stopped and tasted them right there. Afterwards we were led through the markets sampling them again while learning about their health benefits. On tour thru the markets we tasted, saw and touched Thai rice, coconut grinding and curry culture. I never saw children so engaged in their foods. If we didn’t take the tour, there is no way we would have wandered so deep thru the markets and felt the city’s pulse. We would have missed the heart and soul of this magical and mysterious city. If you have the chance, take a cooking class. Ask them to make the focus fruits and vegetables. At teh heart of every culture is their labor of the land.
Knowing about healthy eating and shopping options can ease stress and provide amazing opportunities to try something new. Here are a few resources:
Bring Your Tools
Every adventure requires the right tools and it’s no different for healthy eating. The world is not built to provide you the best food for your health, so a little creativity is needed. These can help you feel prepared in almost any situation
- Water Bottle: Arm yourself with a stainless steel or glass water battle. These are my fav. Make sure to keep refilling if you are going somewhere where drinking water from the tap is safe. Staying hydrated is a huge key to staying healthy. If you are already thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
- Cutlery: Bring your own. I love bamboo cutlery. They are compact and versatile. After eating with these you will never want to use disposable plastic cutlery again. Going to farmer’s markets and open markets is the best way to discover local cuisine and culture and if you have your own cutlery makes trying new foods that much easier.
Get Your Snacks
Arming yourself with some smart snacks and supplements can create a sense of comfort and regularity while venturing out.
- Travel with small bags of chia and hemp seeds. These little seeds pack in a nutrient punch and can be added to almost anything and provide extra protein and fiber.
- I love packing single servings of green powder like Amazing Grass to provide boosts of energy, protein, and phytonutrients that might not be easily available otherwise. I seriously drink 2-3 of these while I fly.
Don’t skimp on the snacks. When you find a good place to purchase them, stock up on more than you think you will need. You will be happy you did when you’re exploring a museum or walking a new city with no food in sight. Here are a couple of my go-tos:
- dried fruit
- seaweed snacks
- whole fruits that travel easily
A Few Supplements
It can be annoying to carry a lot of supplements while traveling and I personally believe our bodies need a break from them. But these are my essentials:
- Multi: a high-quality multi is useful to make sure your bases are covered because you may not be eating as well as you do when you’re home.
- Probiotics: These are a serious life saver. I take them everyday, but while travelling I double up and have my children take them, and we seriously never have any stomach issues, no matter what we experiment eating. Knock-on-wood.
Self care is a essential when traveling. It’s very easy to get out of our routine and our health can quickly suffer. If you’re changing time zones, your internal clock will need a little help to get you back on track.
- Get that sweat on. It seriously helps jetlag. When you arrive at your destination, do some light cardio or weights. I bring a jump rope. It’s the perfect ultra light exercise tool and my girls and I have so much fun with it. We often eat more when we travel. Try doing a workout before you have a big meal. This will help increase insulin sensitivity, encourage healthier eating, and keep you from packing on the pounds.
Do Your Best
Sometimes we may try to eat really clean while traveling and then we end up not eating enough. The added stress of travel can result in hangry binge episodes. To keep this from happening, make sure to eat enough Nourished food each day.
- Fast Food Joints: If you’re stuck in a place containing only fast food restaurants, most have oatmeal for breakfast, and something that resembles a salad.
- Gas Stations: You can often find fruit, nuts and seeds, protein bars, hard-boiled eggs and teas.
- Airports: It’s a new age for airports. Most have decent healthy items like salads and cut up veggies, baked potatoes, tacos, fruit cups, juice joints and quinoa cups.
Nourish Yourself while traveling is all about continuing the good habits we have instilled for ourselves already. Use this time not only to explore the world around you, but to discover and dive into your self-care practice. A little prep and planning can turn the challenge of healthy traveling into an adventure of a lifetime.
- Returning from your trip is the perfect time to consider doing the 10-day Vedge Pledge. It will get you back on track. Promise. See what everyone is saying here.
- Sometimes after returning from a fabulous trip, you take stock in what you want to change in your life. Work with me, and I will make your wellness goals your reality. There is no other time like now.