Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How To: Travel Healthy!

Vacation season is upon us!!! Well, for me at least :) Joe and I are kicking off our travels this year with a weekend getaway to Washington, DC and Atlantic City, NJ! I'm excited for 2 reasons...first, I get to see some of my very best friends!! And second, I get to see Atlantic City for the first time.
Living a healthy lifestyle is hardest when you travel. You're enjoying food and drinks with friends and it's hard to be the only one who says "no thanks" to the french fries, or the only one who "doesn't want" McDonalds breakfast at the airport. Cause I mean come on, who doesn't love a hashbrown or sausage biscuit?? They're like crack! What I find helps ME the most, is reminding myself how horrible my stomach will feel later that day. A sausage biscuit is not worth the bloat.
Which brings me to my main point--you should continue to eat like usual on the road so that you FEEL like usual too! Our biggest enemy when traveling is: dehydration, salt and fat.
  • Dehdyration: As soon as you hope on the plane and take off, you're at risk for becoming dehydrated--and fast. The air inside a plane cabin is usually at a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent. This is a stark difference to the 30 to 65 percent we're used to on land. For this reason, you should remember to drink plently of water! I know, I know..."I don't want to pee on the plane." Well, suck it up. Because you'll thank me later :) Now, remember I said WATER and not booze or soda! Another tip of mine? CHAPSTICK! Never go in the air without it!
  • Salt: Or as I like to call it...sodium. You know how you cook at home? With a pinch of salt here and a dash of seasoning there? Restaurants don't do that. Especially fast food ones! Because the saltier the better. When you eat all of your meals out and choose options with sauces or ones that are deep fried, you're increasing your sodium intake by a lot. This will lead to faster dehydration and early fatigue. YEP, you'll get tired faster! Who wants that on vacation?? My tips: Choose raw foods as much as possible--fruit, salads with dressing on the side and grilled chicken sandwiches. Even deli meat hides a lot of sodium in it!
  • Fat: I know, it's going to be hard! Fatty foods are the easiest to access and the quickest to get served. But it's going to make you feel heavy and sluggish. You won't feel like exploring. Say no to french fries, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and tator tots. Just say no. I'm repeating for myself now. Haha.
And if you'd like a check list for what to pack for the plane, here you go!!


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