Traveling has its advantages but, when you are away from home as much as I am, it is not as glamorous as it may seem. Whether you are a frequent, seasonal or once a year flyer, these tips will come very helpful before getting on the next plane, especially if flying for more than two hours.
- Pack your vitamins and take them every day. The airport and the plane are full of bacteria and our bodies need to be strong to fight any ‘attack’.
- Hydrate your body. Drink a lot of water before, during, and after the flight; even if it means visiting the bathroom a few times and watching your neighbor getting mad. Tell him you have to exercise to keep your circulation flow. It is better to be hydrated and flush your system often than getting sick. After learning this lesson from a pilot, my life changed and I get sick less often when traveling.
- Eat a light meal the night before flying. Low in salt and avoid alcohol before or during the trip. If you usually drink alcohol to feel relaxed during the flight, replace it with a calming tea or natural supplement.
- Take healthy snacks with you. The food and snacks sold on the plane are high in sodium and can make you feel like a balloon after eating them. Pack fresh fruits, unsalted mixed nuts, natural yogurt, or a healthy homemade sandwich.
- Buy coffee from a coffee shop at the terminal. The quality and cleanliness standards of the water and filters used by airlines are unknown. On a personal note, I don’t trust them and I prefer to buy my coffee or tea before boarding.
- Avoid eating at the airport restaurants. Apart from the fact that they are not cheap, most of them sell processed food (fast foods), high in calories, fat, and sodium that can make you feel uncomfortable and bloated during the flight. If you must do it, choose an item made to order (fresh) or buy a fresh smoothie or fruits and water.
- Get into a ‘detox’ mode on your way back home. Clean your system by eating lots of fruits and veggies. It will help you to flush accumulated liquids that your body gained due to the altitude and changes in your diet and drinks. Changes in schedule and routine also affect our bodies. When I get back from a trip, I prepare a half-gallon juice with a lot of water, some fresh pineapple, and curled parsley and I drink on my first day at home. I also make a homemade chicken broth, prepare a salad with fresh veggies and cook low fat proteins such as tuna, fish, and baked chicken.
Make the word ‘balance’ part of your packing list and take it with you every day of your trip so that your conscience and body don’t suffer much once it is over. The best way to get to know a country is by enjoying its cooking traditions and flavors; don’t miss them!
Have a safe trip, come rico y pásala sabroso!