When it comes to travel, there are various modes of transportation available, from planes and trains to automobiles. However, the options for travel have expanded beyond the conventional methods in recent times. Whether it’s sailing, motorboating, motorcycling, campervan road-tripping, or camping after a long or short drive, one thing remains constant – the need to eat while on the go. Unfortunately, many travelers resort to unhealthy food choices, such as fast food or packaged snacks, which can disrupt their blood sugar balance, digestion, and overall well-being.
In this episode of EAT THIS with Lianne, we explore how to travel in a healthy style, regardless of the mode of transportation.
Preparing for a trip involves dealing with increased stress levels and numerous logistical tasks. It’s crucial to remember that lack of sleep can weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to illnesses. To mitigate this, it’s important to prioritize adequate sleep before embarking on a journey. Additionally, supporting your immune system with supplements like magnesium, vitamin C, and probiotics can be beneficial. While these measures cannot eliminate all stressors, they provide a foundation for healthier travel experiences.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to maintain a healthy diet while on the road. Researching food options along your travel route, including local health food stores, natural food markets, and restaurants, can help you make informed choices. Many health food markets and stores offer salad bars, allowing you to enjoy gluten- and dairy-free options. It’s also beneficial to pack nutritious snacks like prunes, Wow Butter, homemade hummus, and cut-up fruits. However, when crossing international borders, it’s important to be aware of any restrictions on food items.
Travel can disrupt our digestion and overall well-being. To support healthy digestion, consider taking digestive enzymes and probiotics. Other supplements such as vitamin D, a multivitamin, vitamin C, stress hormone support, and adaptogens like reishi mushrooms can help counter the effects of travel-related stress. Melatonin spray is particularly useful for managing jet lag and promoting better sleep during long flights.
For road trips and camper travel, it’s essential to plan ahead. Packing a cooler with nutritious foods and making stops at rest areas to stretch your legs and hydrate is crucial. Including protein-rich options like hard-boiled eggs or nitrate-free aged meat sticks can help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent mood swings. Instead of relying on unhealthy snacks, consider alternatives like turkey jerky for a nourishing travel snack.
As for what to have with you that up levels your snack choices:
- Kale chips or vegetable chips: These are crispy snacks made from dehydrated kale or other vegetables. They are often low in calories and provide some nutrients like vitamins A and K.
- Rice cakes or corn cakes: These light and crunchy snacks can be topped with nut butter, hummus, or avocado for added flavor and nutrients.
- Seaweed snacks: Seaweed is rich in minerals and can be found in conveniently wrapped portions. It provides a unique flavor while offering some nutritional benefits.
- Dried fruit: Health food stores often offer a wide variety of dried fruits like mangoes, apricots, and pineapples. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals but should be consumed in moderation due to their high sugar content.
- Nut butter packets: Single-serve packets of almond butter, peanut butter, or other nut butters are convenient and can be spread on whole-grain crackers or apple slices for a quick and satisfying snack.
- Chia seed pudding: Pre-packaged chia seed puddings can be found in health food stores. They are rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, providing a nutritious and filling snack.
- Roasted chickpeas: These crispy legumes offer a protein and fiber boost. They come in various flavors and can be a satisfying alternative to traditional snacks.
- Veggie sticks: Look for pre-cut vegetable sticks like celery, bell peppers, and cucumbers. They can be enjoyed on their own or paired with hummus for a crunchy and nutritious snack.
- Herbal or fruit-infused water: Explore the beverage section of the health food store for a variety of flavored waters. These can include herbal infusions, fruit-infused waters, or flavored sparkling waters without added sugars.
- Coconut water: A refreshing beverage option that naturally hydrates and replenishes electrolytes. Look for single-serve containers or larger bottles to stay hydrated on the road.
Remember to check the ingredients and nutritional information on the packaging of these items to ensure they align with your dietary preferences and needs.
Traveling in a healthy style is entirely within your control. By prioritizing real food, supplementing wisely, and planning ahead, you can maintain your well-being and enjoy your journey to the fullest. Don’t let travel be an excuse for unhealthy eating habits – embrace the opportunity to nourish your body and make the most of your travel experiences. Remember, the key is to be prepared, informed, and mindful of your choices, ensuring that your adventures are not only memorable but also healthful.
Where are you off to? What are your plans to travel in a healthy style? I want to know…