On some trips I feel like a rock star when it comes to eating healthy plant-based meals, exercising and taking care of myself. On other trips, I fall flat on my face with too many french fries.
On one hand, I don’t beat myself up when I make less than stellar choices but on the other hand I know I can always do better.
ON THE PLANE & AT THE AIRPORT
I plan my food for the plane ahead of time by stocking up on healthy fruits and snacks such as apples, tangerines, dried fruit, nuts and snack bars. I try to eat a larger meal before boarding the plane and I search for restaurants during my layover that have Mexican, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern influence as I know I can always find something Vegan there. I try to eat lightly, however, because I find I feel much better on the plane without being full or overloaded with salt.
I always buy a liter or more of water for the plane to stay hydrated as they never serve enough water on the plane for my needs. Eating lightly and drinking water while in flight are two key factors in helping me with jet lag as well.
When I arrive at my destination (or before) I start my research. The first thing I do usually is search online for top end or larger grocery store such as Waitrose in the UK, El Corte Ingles in Spain, Carrefour in France and Whole Foods, Trader Joes. Publix etc in the US. When I arrive it’s usually the first place I go to stock up on produce, snack bars and other healthy treats. I always look for a smoothie bar just in case.
I also look for fresh markets to stock up on any other produce I can and I look for health food stores such as Holland & Barrett in the UK.
When eating out I search www.happycow.com no matter where I am in the world. There are more and more Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants popping up in the world and if they are at all established they are usually on Happy Cow.
If I don’t find anything on Happy Cow, I search Yelp or Google. On Yelp you can type in Vegan or Vegetarian food in your chosen city and you will find restaurants that have tagged those words within their listing.
If I end up at a traditional restaurant or pub at the airport or wherever I do the best I can. Then I decide to be okay with my decision and I let it go. To me, it’s not worth beating myself up about or feeling guilty about what I’m eating when I’m in a pinch. I want to enjoy my trip, my life and feel empowered so I make a decision and live with it peacefully.
I do have certain parameters I stay within, however. I don’t eat animal products (except honey on occasion) and I try to stay away from fried foods (oh, falafels and french fries, you get me almost every time). Additionally, I try to always order a simple green salad no matter what else I order. It helps me feel more balanced and adds some much needed nutrition to my diet when traveling.
I often bring a green powder to mix into water and some Vitamin C to take before I board the plane, during and after. This keeps my immune system up when it’s going to be tested thoroughly. I’ll also bring my own herbal teas as I feel it also keeps my immune system up and is great for drinking first thing in the morning if I’m somewhere cold.
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I usually travel with carry on luggage only but I always bring at least one set of exercise clothes and shoes. I love bringing a minimalist pair of shoes because their so much lighter and take up less room.
Additionally, I bring a set of mini exercise bands to use in my hotel room because they are light and versatile. If my hotel has a gym, that is a total bonus. If I’m exercising in my room, I do a series of body weight and mini band exercises with higher reps to get my heart rate up and boost my metabolism. Going for a brisk walk outside always helps me feel better as well.
I think stretching and putting your legs up the wall are also a great way to combat any tension built up from being on a plane for long periods.
I’ve been incredibly stressed out before while traveling without access to my beloved Vitamix and my favorite healthy rituals. I’ve equally been as determined to stay Raw while freezing my ass off in the UK over Winter. Neither have felt right for me so I decided to drop the stress and drama over it. I always resume my routine as soon as I return home and I enjoy my travels to the fullest in spite of it.
While I prefer to always feel my best, I really try and let go of my need to control everything while traveling. Traveling pushes me to let go and trust which is what I often need most in this world and probably why I love it so much.