Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday. Anyone travelling over the next couple weeks? The Christmas holiday is one of the most travelled times of the year.
Whether you are visiting family or taking a warm vacation holiday indulgences are always present. It’s nice to let loose over the holidays but it’s important to remember moderation to keep your immune system in check.
Here are 5 tips for healthy holiday travel:
1. Bring Your Own Travel Snacks
Nothing is worse than travelling hungry. Typically, when you’ve reached the point of hunger you are looking for anything that will satisfy the urge. Food available either on the road or at the airport is usually pretty processed and lacking in nutrients.
When you’re going to be sitting for a length of time your body is more susceptible to swelling and the last thing you want to encourage before a holiday is additional swelling.
Here are a few of my favourites food travel companions:
- Nuts and seeds, homemade trail mix
- Protein bars
- Hard boiled eggs
- Babybel cheese
- Peanut butter and jam sandwiches (they travel well and are satisfying)
2. Fruit, Fiber, Combine
With the change in routine your bowel movements might change as well. One sure fire way to keep things regular is to up your fiber through fruits and vegetables and of course staying hydrated. A bonus if you’re travelling to warmer climates is that a lot of the fruits may be local to you.
As always I’m a big advocate of ensuring stable blood sugar levels, making sure not to overindulge in lonely carbohydrates especially in the form of alcohol. As tempting as those sugar-filled drinks seem, consider them as treats and try not to overdo it. Even better, have them with your meal so that you have some protein and fat to help slow down their absorption.
3. Water Yourself
Proper hydration is the key to health. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, or dizziness- none of which you would like on vacation. Water also helps to combat swelling and bloating. It’s one of the simplest ways to reduce water weight that you may have gained while eating foods that you don’t normally eat, so drink up!
4. Keep Moving
Every little bit counts. If you are discovering a new place one of the best ways to explore is on foot. You’d be surprised how effective walking is… take the stairs, walk the beach… another helpful tool I like to use while I’m on holidays is the health app on my phone which tracks my steps. I like to see how many steps I take in a day and even try to set goals to top the day before. Give it a try!
The most rewarding part of changing your routine with travel is the ability to relax. There is nothing better for the body, mind, and soul than relaxation. No matter how busy or adventurous your holiday is make sure you find time to just do whatever it is that brings you peace. We live in a world where stress is a normal part of day to day life so when you get the opportunity to “turn off”, take advantage.
Safe travels to all those who are travelling over the holidays.
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