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Nourishing Tips When Traveling

by Stephanie Pollock


Summer is upon us which for many can mean lots of travel. Traveling can be such a wonderful opportunity to slow down and invite in new perspectives, but can also often disrupt our rhythm and routine to taking care of ourselves. During times of travel, we can set up new routines so that whenever we travel we can be sure that we are putting our self care and vitality as still a top priority in our life.


  1. Pack Snacks. If you have a long day of travel, packing snacks can ensure that you have quality nutrient dense foods throughout your day. Cut up vegetables and carry them in baggies, have some fresh whole fruits, hard boil some eggs, make some turkey or black bean burgers to carry with you, create your own trail mix or have packets of nut butters on you. Additionally, more and more airports also have some amazing options for quality whole foods to purchase at the airport if you run out of time to pack snacks ahead of time. Eating nutrient dense foods rhythmically throughout our travels can keep our blood sugar levels stable where we can stay more emotionally grounded on those potentially more stressful travel days.
  2. Drink Water. From the lack of humidity in planes, we can quickly become dehydrated. Carrying an empty water bottle with you can provide the opportunity to be able to fill it up wherever you go. At many airports now, there are water filter stations you can fill up your water bottle or just use the water fountains. Accept all water offers that come your way on an airplane and if you are driving for long periods of time, you can have multiple water bottles filled up and ready to go. Drinking plenty of water on your travel days can support with keeping your energy levels consistent throughout your day, helps to support in regularity of bowel movements and digestion, and supports our body in finding its own equilibrium and homeostasis.
  3. Foster Mindfulness. Travel days can certainly feel intense for so many. Remembering everything we have to pack, being on time to the airport, making sure on road trips the car is in its greatest working condition; the mind can constantly be on go go go mode. Slowing down our mind and body in any moment can be so very supportive to invite in relaxation into the body and stay connected to ourselves. This can be as simple as setting an alarm on your phone that goes off every 2 hours and then closing your eyes and taking three deep belly breaths to connect back with your body and experience that right in that very moment everything is alright.

 

Wishing you all an awesome summer and safe travels!


 



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