Tips and Tricks for Healthy Travel
I almost didn’t write this post. Prior to my trip, I teed it up as tips for healthy travel, planning to highlight how-tos on my recent trip to Denver, Colorado. Like most trips, my stay in CO did not go as planned. I battled some stomach issues, which left me feeling less than healthy the majority of the time. I didn’t take pictures of my food or activities and ate a few things that I normally wouldn’t. I changed my mind after a conversation with my boyfriend. He assured me that it wasn’t what I ate but the habits I have around travel that matter. So, here it goes. I've outlined my tips and tricks to staying healthy on the road. Or trying to anyway.
1. Bring a sturdy reusable water bottle. I am in love with my Hydro Flask, I take it with me everywhere. It’s one of those super spiffy bottles that keeps you water at the perfect temperature. I love it for travel, as it saves money and plastic. Plus, it’s easier to ensure I stay hydrated throughout my trip.
Proper hydration keeps headaches at bay, your joints happy and reduces fatigue. Drink water, especially when traveling. The general rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. I'll do another post on hydration down the road.
2. Natural Calm, a magnesium supplement that can be added to warm or cold water to create a fizzy drink. I won’t go on a trip without it. Magnesium is a mineral that plays many key roles in our body. We lose stores of it in our normal daily functions and especially in times of stress. And let's face it, travel is stressful. So, I make sure to arm myself with this anti-stress drink. I add it to cold water before bed, it creates a nice ritual when I am away from home. I find the travel packs at my local Fresh Thyme.
3. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, this is a another must have for me. Since eliminating eggs, I have been adding collagen to my morning drinks. I love morning drinks. It works in hot and cold water, so I’ll add it to coconut water, coffee or green juice. It keeps my gut happy and adds a boost of protein to my breakfast. I find the individual servings at Fresh Thyme, too.
4. Snacks, snack, snack everybody! They are a must have for a Celiac. I always have something in purse, just in case. My go-tos are Justin’s almond butter squeeze packs and pink lady apples, Chicken Sriracha Epic Bars, homemade trail mix and a variety of Lara Bars.
5. Melatonin and eye masks.
Melatonin is a supplement to help regulate sleep. I have a hard time falling and staying asleep in new places. Since sleep is a core foundation of health, I like to make sure to do what I can to get good z's.
6. Work out gear. As I mentioned before, I try to stick to my routine. I pack enough workout gear to get me through a trip, which means an outfit a day. I keep it simple and weather approporiate. For this trip I packed shorts, tanks and shoes and made it a priority to get in some movement each day. I took a few walks, went up and down the stairs in the hotel and did some exercises in their small gym.
7. Meals while traveling. Just like hydration, sleep and movement, food is another foundation of health. I do what I can to keep my diet as close to home as I can, though I don’t obsess about it. Food is one of my favorite things about traveling. Nothing makes me happier than trying restaurants in a new town. I do my due diligence before heading out to make sure I have good list of options. I use Pinterst, Yelp and blog posts to steer me in the right direction. For this trip, I was traveling with a co-worker and attended a training where food was provided. Though the food was gluten free, the menu was not something I would normally eat. I didn’t sweat it. I picked things that worked for me and tried to fill in the gaps with my snacks.