Who doesn't love a good adventure? Whether you're going abroad or bouncing around the country for work or even just enjoying a mini staycation, it is so easy to fall into a vicious cycle of gas station snacks, airport concessions, and decadent meals, which will ultimately leave you feeling heavy, sluggish, and tired.
Here are a few tips on how to nourish your mind and body while traveling, especially if you don't have access to your Voeden Meal Plans and a stocked pantry.
1. Have Realistic Expectations.
There is nothing wrong with indulging a little bit or taking a day or two off from the gym, but save yourself from feeling completely defeated when you're traveling by having realistic expectations. The second you feel defeated is the exact second you'll give up on trying. Just because you're in a new city doesn't mean that your routines have to change. Before you leave, take some time to research healthy eateries or yoga studios and gyms that have gotten good reviews. There are tons of "Healthy City Guides" out there!
2. Prepare Guilt-Free Snacks.
We say this time and time again: Nothing is more important and more crucial to healthy eating than preparation and planning. Avoid spending an arm and a leg at the airport by bringing a few bags of veggie sticks and another bag of Nut and Date Balls. My favorite veggies to pack are carrots, celery, and radishes. Each of these are extremely hydrating and will help keep you feeling energized.
3. Eat More Veggies.
Learning how to navigate restaurants when you travel can make or break your trip. If you're anything like us, eating out is one of the most exciting parts of exploring new cities, but overindulging can do more harm than good. Getting to fully experience the tastes of a new city is a high unlike any other and we suggest being smart about the way in which you eat your meals. - Be mindful of your eating order: Start with a small salad and eat your vegetable side first, then eat the protein portion of the dish and finish with carbs (if you're still hungry). - Don't chug water right before eating. Contrary to popular belief this does more harm than good, and makes it more difficult for your body to digest the foods you’re eating by making the stomach work harder. Instead, try to avoid water consumption 20 to 30 minutes before each meal. - If you get something that is a little indulgent, immediately put half of your meal into a to-go box and set it aside.
- Bring a few packets of ALOHA Daily Good Greens with you; It's such a travel-friendly way to keep you hydrated while still getting the daily nutrients you need. Plus, it fits in your pocket! - Remember to slow down. It takes our brains 20 minutes to recognize that we're full.
4. Be Active.
- Skip the escalator (every step helps).
- Book a hotel with a fitness facility.
- Get out of the cab a block or two before your destination.
5. Do Your Own Cooking.
Typically cooking is the last thing you want to do while traveling, but eating out three to four times a day not only adds up, but it takes a toll on your digestive balance. We recommend stopping at a grocery store or, even better, a farmer's market upon arrival to pick up some basics, fresh fruit, and vegetables. If you can, find a hotel with a small kitchenette so that you can prepare a meal without too much stress. You can even bring a few baggies of grains like quinoa and oats in your suitcase.
6. Stay Hydrated.
Always let comfort be your guide and drink hot or warm water throughout the day, especially in the morning! This is a super simple but very special Ayurvedic purification technique. Hot water can dissolve the ama (toxins) from your system. Also avoid super sugary drinks, coffee, and alcohol when possible, and eat juicy fruits and vegetables to help keep you hydrated.
7. Probiotics. Do you experience a shy digestive system while traveling? Probiotics are imperative to having a healthy digestive system. Keep a bottle of kombucha handy to aid with digestion, especially if your eating and sleeping cycles get thrown off track. Probiotics help promote the growth of good flora in the intestinal tract. That, combined with a fiber-rich diet of vegetables, will keep your system moving.
8. Wake Up Happy. What do you do when you first wake up? The first five minutes of your day set the tone for the next 16 hours of your life so make them count. Take some time to sit up in bed and just breathe. Then set an intention: Who do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish? How will you love yourself and those around you? After you ask yourself those quick questions and do some light soul-searching, toss in some simple asanas to wake up your body. If you're the type of person that rolls over in their bed and immediately reaches for your phone...put it down! Set your true north before you jump into the crazy of the day!
Photo Credit: Wendell on Flickr, Voeden Life, Mimi McCormick