Back in 2015, I was a professional event coordinator. That meant that I would travel the world (often on little notice) and throw together entire seminars, gatherings, events and keep it all organized and concise.
My life was a logistical jig-saw puzzle. I loved it because it kept my mind occupied and constantly thinking and planning. I am the type of personality that thrives under pressure— give me a deadline and I will deliver. Give me an open-ended assignment and I will fail.
I traveled around the US & Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Many of the flights were grueling, especially the direct flight from Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia— 16.5 hours of pure endurance.
Over the two years I developed tips for healthy travelers and I am really excited to share it with you.
THREE THINGS TO EAT:
1. Raw, Red Peppers. Not only are they crunchy and delicious (I eat them like an apple) but they have one of the highest content of vitamin C in the plant kingdom (even more than oranges!). They are immunity boosters, fill you up, are hydrating and will keep you regular due their high fiber consistency. I would buy these everywhere I went and would start every morning by eating a pepper. After a night in a hotel, this is a great way to start the day off strong. Just don’t eat the seeds, throw away or compost the core just like you would with an apple.
2. Spirulina Powder. I know, it doesn’t taste that good. But it’s basically like taking ten green salads into powder form— it’s a total health food drug! I carried my powder around (got some looks from TSA officers) and would make sure once a day I took a teaspoon and mixed it into a glass of warm water… and then I chugged it— quickly. When we travel we often go for the warm, comforting carb-y foods, so taking spirulina is a nice way to ensure you’re getting your vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and sun shine that you would only get in raw fruits and vegetables.
3. Almonds. I can barely leave the house without a bag full of these miracle workers. When I traveled they were super important to me because sometimes I wouldn’t know when I would eat again when I was running large events. They are high in protein and fat so they satiate hunger and keep your blood sugar very stable for hours. Don’t be scared by their high calorie content— eat a small handful, get energy, and then when it’s time to eat a meal, you can make more informed decisions instead of over-eating from extreme hunger.
And of course, drink water! If you are on the road often, I recommend moving over to one brand of water or sticking with spring water until you’re home. The bacteria, mineral content and composition of drinking water is different everywhere you go— so do your gut a favor and stick with bottled water. But always recycle and re-use your bottle!