HEALTH, WELLNESS & TRAVEL
I have always loved to travel, and it's something I have been lucky enough to do a lot of for various reasons. My latest trip as most of you might be aware was to America in March, granted the reason for going wasn't a great one - getting stem cell treatment for my CVID and CFID - but none the less the majority of the trip was amazing when I begun to feel better post treatment and America is such a beautiful and ridiculously fun place; so much so that I cannot wait to go back already.
However, as fun as travelling is it can definitely take a rough toll on your body with all of the time spent on a plane, trains etc - the lack of sleep, cabin pressure, re-circulated air the list goes on; and if your someone like me who is already at a disadvantage health wise you really cannot afford to get worse and further behind the eight ball. So I thought I would put together a little list of some of my travel essentials and tips!!
Firstly, I always taken on a decent sized cabin bag; mainly to fit all of my stuff in laptop, drink bottles, snacks, beauty essentials, vitamins etc...
I always have my travel sized Alkalising Greens, electrolyte hydrating tablets and my natural supplements with me: these are all perfect to combat jet lag as it keeps you hydrated and full of all of the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need on-the-go. The first thing I do after I board is double dose my Alkalising Greens (I do this post-flight too) and try my hardest to drink at least two litres of water throughout the journey (The electrolyte hydrating tablets help if you struggle to drink a lot of water). I shake my greens up with icy-cold water. This helps me avoid jet lag because my body has the nutrients it needs and it also ensures I have that extra boost of hydration; and lastly I take my supplements to help keep my body fill of the right nutrients I need whilst flying, because we all know plane food isn't the best or most nutrient filled.
I take my laptop with me which is full of books, movies and podcasts. On my last flight I watched Allied, Jackie and Hidden Figures. I'm was reading Donna Gates book - Body Ecology (I seriously recommend it 100%) and the podcasts I was listening to whilst away was the goddess Melissa Ambrossini's podcasts and Joe Rogans.
I always try to go for a walk to stretch my legs and get my circulation flowing again; it's also a win win if your like me and love to get a sense of my new surroundings and fresh air helps with jet lag. You discover so much more on foot and it's a great way to get your bearings!
FITNESS WHILE YOU TRAVEL
I have a much gentler routine since I've been sick, and whilst i'm trying to slowly reintegrate fitness and exercise back into my life without making my fatigue worse. I try to get outdoors and do some sport for 45 minutes every day; running is a great one. In New York, I love running in Central Park as it’s so beautiful at any time of year. In Paris I jumped on a bikes and explored the city. It’s such a fun way to exercise - you can chat to who ever your with the whole way.
I find different time zones and hotel food can throw me, so I usually replace a meal with a protein shake once a day to try and stay balanced. Then if I am out for dinner or a meal, I know I have already done something to nourish my body earlier in the day. I like to eat as clean as possible, it helps with my energy levels and adjusting to a new time zone.
Hope this helps you all as much as it helps me stay fit and healthy whilst seeing the world!