Whether it's for business or pleasure, traveling can wreak havoc on your well-being if you are not careful. Being away from your routine, and in a new environment, usually means eating out at restaurants or buying cheap fast food and exercising less - but it doesn't have to be that way. Try these simple tips to keep your healthy habits alive while traveling!
Simple Tips to Stay Healthy While You're Away From Home
- Pack Healthy Snacks. Whether your destination is a short car ride or a 3-hour flight away, having healthy snacks on hand can be the difference between processed airport (or gas station) food and a healthy alternative. Make sure you pack fresh fruit, nuts, or no-bake bars, such as these Key Lime Pie Bars that are so delicious, they will feel like a vacation treat even if they're actually super healthy!
- Hydrate. Dr. Sebi recommended drinking at least one gallon of fresh spring water every day, but when you're traveling, it's easy to throw that recommendation out the window. Dehydration is common among air travelers and it worsens the physical symptoms of jetlag and weakens your immune system. Make sure you keep sipping water in the plane or car, skip the alcoholic beverages, juices and sodas they usually offer on flights, and keep a bottle of water near you at all times during your trip. If you find it hard to drink plain water, try adding slices of (approved) fruit, like key limes or Seville oranges, to your water bottle to make it more flavorful. You can find more ideas for flavored water in this video.
- Go Grocery Shopping. You don't have to rely on expensive room service, or cheap take-out options to eat while you travel. Hit an organic grocery store or organic farmer's market as soon as you arrive at your destination, and pick up some essentials to keep in a mini-fridge or cooler in your room. Buy spring water, fresh (approved) fruit, (approved) nuts and nut butter, (approved) vegetables, (approved) grain bread, and other healthy items. This Green Goddess Sandwich is really easy to make even if you don't have access to a kitchen.
- Keep Your Focus. For some reason, many people feel like vacation is a time to completely disregard normal (healthy) eating habits. It's okay to have a treat every once in a while, but during vacations, it seems like we are having treat after treat after treat. Keep in mind this simple rule: if you wouldn't eat something at home, you don't have to do it in another state or country! You will feel a lot better when it's time to go home than if you simply threw all your habits out the window.
- Walk Everywhere. Even if all you want to do is lay by the pool and sip fancy drinks, make sure you're still moving every day, to keep your blood flowing and your digestion moving. This can be as simple as taking a walk after meals and stretching before you go to sleep. One easy way to stay active while on vacation is to get around on foot rather than a cab. Bring sneakers and walk everywhere, and always take the stairs instead of the elevator. Dr. Sebi's Viento will give you the energy you need to explore your surroundings on foot!
- Get Enough Sleep. Being sleep deprived during a trip, especially if you cross time zones, can make your hunger hormones go crazy, making you more prone to overeat. You'll need about one day to recover per time zone passed, so make sure you get some extra ZZZ's when you land. A cup of Dr. Sebi's Nerve/Stress Relief Herbal Tea can help you get a restful night of sleep, even if you're jetlagged.
- Detox When You Get Back. It is normal to fall into temptation, so don't beat yourself up or feel like a failure if you did. However, once you get home, it's time to clean up your act and put yourself back together. Dr. Sebi's Small Cleansing Package is a great way to get back on the saddle. It's designed to cleanse and renourish your body at the cellular level, and it will help your body get rid of the mucus, toxins, and acids which might have accumulated during your trip.