Forging good habits and building a healthful lifestyle at home is relatively easy if your mind is set up for it and you surround yourself with the right tools. When at home, we get to control the food we fill our pantry with, how many times we’ll eat out in a week, we have access to our blender, oven and fridge. We have pretty much the entire control on what, how and when we get to eat.
But the true challenge is to stick to our good habits and remain healthy while travelling.
Whether you go camping with the kids or take the next flight to Paris, your good eating habits get compromised the minute you step out of the house. Vacation and getaways are all about relaxing, unwinding and having a great time, which is awesome. But it shouldn’t mean overindulging, compromising your health and making you feel like you’re back to square one.
Here are a few simple tips to help you stay healthy and keep your body well nourished while you’re on the go.
Bring your greens.
Finding salad options and veggies can be extremely challenging when on the road. A great way to get your daily dose of veggies is to bring a green powder with you. You can simply stir it in your water and voilà! These formulas can be found in health food stores or drugstores and are basically dehydrated vegetables and superfoods ground into a powder. They will provide your body with the extra dose of antioxidants and vitamins it needs. Chlorella tablets are also a great option as they’re easy to carry and are packed with chlorophyll and minerals to keep your body energized.
Make H2O your best travel buddy.
I know, nothing new, right? This is an easy one, but it’s so important! Staying hydrated while you’re away is a simple way to support health and limit the damage done by the excesses of the holidays. Carry a glass or stainless steel bottle wherever you go and refill it whenever you have access to pure water. Water keeps your body well hydrated, supports good digestion (which can easily be compromised when travelling), enhances nutrient absorption and helps flush out toxins. Pack a couple fresh lemons with you and squeeze a wedge in your water first thing in the morning. It will help detoxify your system, alkalinize your body and boost your metabolism.
Indulge only when it’s worth it.
It’s easy to fall off the wagon and eat whatever comes our way when we’re on vacation. We easily get caught up into allowing ourselves to have every single treat we come across simply under the pretext that we’re on holidays. A great way to avoid excesses is to allow yourself to splurge when it’s worth it, not at EVERY single meal. You’re visiting Napoli and you’ve been dying to try that famous pizza? The kids want to get an ice cream cone at the amusement park? Go for it. But reserve these treats for special occasions and eat as close as possible to your regular diet the majority of the time.
Connect with nature.
Being on vacation is one of the best occasions we have to ground ourselves and connect with Mother Nature. Walk barefoot in the sand, lay on the grass, walk in the forest, climb a mountain, swim in the ocean, play with the frogs, hug a tree, chase shooting stars. Connecting with the elements of nature is a wonderful way to absorb their energy, reduce stress, rejuvenate and restore both your body and your mind.
Pack your nuts, seeds and superfoods.
Nuts, seeds, superfoods and dried fruits are the perfect travel foods. They are easy to pack and preserve, and they make a delicious, healthy snack on the go. Nuts and seeds are loaded with protein, healthy fats and fibre that will keep you satiated and will promote healthy digestion. Dried fruits will give you energy whenever you feel like you need a little boost. I never leave the house without my favorite trail mix (see recipe below). You can also bring chia seeds and hemp seeds with you and sprinkle them on oatmeal, cereals, toasts, salads and veggies. They will provide extra vitamins, minerals and healthy fats and will boost the nutrient profile of your meals.
When making your own trail mix, it’s best to use raw + unsalted nuts and seeds, and sulfate-free dried fruits (organic if possible). Prana has a great selection. Feel free to replace some of the ingredients by your favorite ones and be creative! Combinations are pretty much endless!
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup cashews
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup Brazil nuts
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup goji berries and/or dried mulberries
- ½ cup raw cacao nibs
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven at 350F.
- Place the pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes (check regularly to make sure they don’t burn). About halfway through, add the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes on a separate baking sheet and toast alongside the nuts for the remaining 7-6 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. Place nuts and seeds in bowl. Add cacao nibs, goji berries and/or dried mulberries and combine. Store in a large Ziploc bag or an air tight container.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.