This last week was such a whirlwind. I feel like we just got back from Mexico and were already on a plane headed to visit my family up north for Thanksgiving. I’m originally from a town called Santa Rosa in California. It’s about an hour north of San Francisco. Now, I’ve got family spread out throughout the Bay Area and Sonoma County. My dad lives in Mill Valley, my sister lives in Greenbrae, the rest of my family and friends live in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Petaluma and Glen Ellen. I’m literally tired just typing that all out. We did a lot of driving to say the least.
Normally, I associate vacation mode with eating all of my favorite “bad for me” foods. ESPECIALLY during the holidays. The problem with traveling for a living, or traveling often is that you can’t eat like you’re on vacation all the time. Obviously I went big on Thanksgiving and treat myself to the occasional cheese platter or burger. But part of maintaining some regularity and staying healthy involves staying healthy on the road. This applies to both traveling for fun, for work & when I visit Tony on tour. Reality check: I can’t eat french fries and pizza every day. Not only because I try to stay in shape (working out as well), but it just doesn’t make me feel very great. I thought it would be good to share my reality of traveling and trying to stay healthy. I like to consider myself a fairly well-seasoned traveler at this point and have adopted a pretty solid routine.
How To Stay Healthy While Traveling
I’m going to share a very unpopular fact: overeating and overindulging will leave you feel like cr*p. The same applies for when you’re traveling. Oddly enough, vacation calories exist… even though I like to pretend they don’t sometimes. Again, it’s great to take a little break and treat yourself. BUT, if you go crazy… you’ll not only feel sluggish and end up with a stomach ache, but it will counteract the hard work you’ve been putting in at the gym and on eating healthy at home. If you follow a few easy steps, you can eat smartly and still enjoy your trip.
Be Prepared & Pack Ahead
Ugh, I know I sound like a total downer. But I’m the packing and planning queen. Remember when I told you some of my tips for dealing with anxiety while traveling? Add this to the list. I set aside a small part of my suitcase to pack some healthy snacks. Things like almonds, granola bars, vitamins, etc. I even bring a hydrator bottle, which makes it easy to “shake and go”. I recently found the COOLEST individually packed products from WelleCo. Now you an get your greens on the go with their Super Elixir Travel Set. I really love their daily greens supplement because it’s an easy way of getting your vitamins while you’re traveling. I struggle to find healthy options a lot of the time, so having a quick option I can throw in my bag is key. Their Alkalizing Formula helps with a ton of things like strengthening your immune system (hello airplane tray tables), brightens skin, reduces inflammation, stabilizes blood sugar levels & gives you a boost of energy (who doesn’t need that when traveling).
Here’s the 411:
- It’s a plant-based, multivitamin made from whole foods (meaning it’s not just a bunch of chemicals you can’t pronounce).
- The travel packets help ensure that you’re getting your daily nutrients when you’re on the go. Not only do they give you a little energy boost, they’ll help with that annoying bloat you get on airplanes.
- Key Ingredients: Pomegranate, Kelp, Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Horsetail & Dandelion… see all whole foods!
I also packed some of their Nourishing Protein, which comes in travel sized, pre packaged portions too. This is literally one of the best tasting protein powders I’ve had… it tasted like chocolate! They’re great for breakfast or as an easy meal replacement when you’re on the go.
Things to know:
- WelleCo’s protein is made from sprouted brown rice, not whey protein. Sprouted brown rice has better utilization and uptake into the cells.
- It’s combined with organic pea protein, which helps you stay energized and lean. It also helps in repairing muscles! I’ve found this super helpful on days that I’m out walking and exploring.
- The protein has a combination or pre and probiotics to support your digestion. A healthy gut pH balance equals less bloating and a flatter tummy. This is especially helpful on days when you might splurge and have a giant dinner. I like to drink them for lunch before a heavy dinner to help with digestion.
- Key ingredients of the protein: Pea & Rice Protein, B Vitamins, Dandelion, Acai, Pomegranate & Rosehip.
Fast Food Tips
The dreaded fast food stop. Ok, so maybe in theory it sounds amazing. But when you’re trying to stay healthy it’s so tough. I always struggle to find healthy options when I’m at airports or gas stations. Generally, I try to order my sandwiches and burgers “protein style” or without a bun/wrapped in lettuce. I also always ask for my food deconstructed. Meaning I have them leave any sauces, cheeses or dressings on the side. That way I can control the amount used and keep it light.
I also found a few really awesome ways to use my Nourishing Protein & Alkalizing Formula:
- When I’m at a gas station or the airport, I grab a coconut water or two. You can just pour either of the packets in and make a quick drink. When I’m flying, I like to get an extra bottle so that I have a healthy plane snack.
- Depending on where you’re at, you can also use almond milk. I literally ordered a venti almond milk over ice from Starbucks and mixed a protein packet in it. It was so easy and tasted like chocolate milk!
- Order a smoothie and mix either packet in! Be careful not to order one with ice cream or frozen yogurt in it! They can be deceptive! I like to mix my Alkalizing Formula into green juices and smoothies. I ordered a raspberry almond butter smoothie and asked them to mix my Nourishing Protein in for me too.
- Order an acai or pitaya bowl and mix a packet in! This was literally my favorite breakfast while we were traveling. I sprinkled my Alkalizing Formula on top and mixed it in.
- I also ordered hot water with lemon and honey from a coffee shop and added the Alkalizing Formula, it tasted a lot like tea!
Part of traveling is enjoying the food around you. I think it’s important to have a couple of cheat meals. But I always stay aware of my portions. If I have an over the top breakfast, I’m going to make sure I have a healthier lunch and dinner. I also make sure to have Alkalizing Formula. I’ve noticed my skin clarity really improved while traveling (greasy foods, different water & plane air all mess with my skin).
Again, hate to be a downer but be aware of your sips. Most drinks don’t fill you up and are packed with tons of sugar and calories. I like to skip the sweetener in my coffee and tea. Instead of soda, I opt for sparkling water. Don’t forget a lot of cocktails are high in calories and sugar, which not only adds up, but can leave you with a killer headache.
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