Since we’re full swing into the season of road trips & retreats, I thought it appropriate to share some practical, totally doable tips for staying healthy while you’re away, which will inevitably help with returning to reality with minimal struggle.
Pack Smart Snacks
Stay away from processed junk, and if you have to go with something packaged, choose wisely with a few things in mind: minimal ingredients, no refined sugar, & quality sourcing. Here are a few of my favorites…
- coconut flakes – toasted or raw
- EPIC snacks – the Beef Apple Bacon bar and the Currant & Sesame BBQ Chicken bites are my favorites!
- dark chocolate (preferably raw) – Antidote is top notch, but I also highly recommend keeping a bag of raw cacao nibs on hand at all times
- plantain chips – TJ’s, Inka, or Artisan Tropic brands have no junky oils or additives
- homemade granola – click here for my go-to recipe
- sprouted nuts or seeds – the sprouted part is key; that is, if you want to fully digest and get the most bang for your nutritional buck
Follow this 80/20 Rule
Pretend you’re eating at home (80% of the time). Even when you’re out, you can usually find “clean” food, and it never hurts to ask how menu items are being prepared, if you’re unsure. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should give up on your standards or goals. Treat yo’ self 20% of the time, so you don’t return home with traveler’s remorse.
Plan a Picnic
Instead of relying on restaurant food for every meal, pack (or plan) a picnic. You can prep ahead, or find the nearest prepared food store or gourmet market and grab a fun selection of (healthy-ish) fare. Scout out a chill spot, and nosh al fresco in your newfound locale. Simultaneously soak in the beauty of the great outdoors and some of that very important vitamin D!
Soak in the Sun… Safely!
Reduce your chances of getting burned with some protective prevention – from the inside out!
- Up your beta-carotene & lycopene with yellow, red, and orange veggies & fruits – think tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet red peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes, guavas, and grapefruits… you’ll need 10-12 weeks of regularly consuming these to fortify your skin.
- Get your fatty acids in balance with more omega 3 rich foods – think wild-caught seafood, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and egg yolks… all great for anti-aging, too!
Protect yourself on the spot with natural coverage from mineral-based sunscreens that use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. I like some of these options. Your skin absorbs around 60% of what you put on it, so reduce your exposure to sun and to toxic chemicals by staying away from gnarly chemicals.
In between impromptu cat naps and hammock swings, be sure to get in some movement. With all the unusual food, drink & travel, your body will thank you. It’s not about burning calories or sticking to your workout routine (if you have one). It’s about helping your body handle all you’re (lovingly) throwing at it, and it’ll help you “bounce back” when you return to reality.
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