As a healthy lifestyle advocate you’ll probably be reading a lot of what I do to stay fit and healthy. I’ve been on my own personal weight loss journey for the past few years so this is important to me. Travelling can do a number on your progress so I like to step it up a little before going on a trip for a few reasons.
Between all the planning and running around for a big trip we can often overlook our health in the process. I know I feel like a green goddess when I’m drinking all my smoothies and eating my kale with tahini as if I was some kind of guru, so it’s important to me to continue eating good while I’m planning a trip! Since I always seem to gain 5 or more pounds travelling, the time leading up to the trip is where I really get in the healthy mindset so I can not only fuel up but my confidence levels are that much higher. I used to be really unhealthy and addicted to Reese’s Pieces but thankfully I have said goodbye to that unhealthy lifestyle! Clean and healthy food makes me feel so good now so of course I’m going to live off lettuce before a trip!
We talk a lot about staying healthy on a trip and after, but we never really talk about getting healthy before a trip. Personally I believe in a healthy lifestyle but sometimes we can fall off track. Plus we want to do everything we can to boost our immune system and our mindset before we go off on an adventure! Here are some simple ways to get healthy before a trip!
5 Simple Ways To Get Healthy Before A Trip
Smoothies – I don’t believe in green juices so smoothies are a regular in my diet. Unless you’re just drinking strictly spinach and kale juice, which just sounds sad and depressing to me, you’re probably going to be drinking all the sugar from the fruit. With smoothies you can blend everything together, spinach and kale included, and you’ll get all the nutrients, all the fibre, and since the food is already blended it is easier for your digestion to do it’s job! You can get creative and add cacao, maca, spirulina, etc. try out this Bali inspired bowl I made!
Peanut butter – I feel like peanut butter has been overshadowed by almond butter lately but they both provide almost all the same nutritional benefit. They each have a few separate vitamins but both are healthy fats and definitely great sources of energy! So if you’re going to choose one I say go for peanut butter because it’s half the price and tastes like home. Peanut butter and healthy fats in general are great at stabilizing hormones and curbing sugar cravings which is why they are such a great snack.
Eat your greens – How lame but seriously, eat your greens. Add them to your burgers, sautee them in your pastas, or add them to curries. I think eating them fresh and raw is best but as long as you’re getting at least 6 servings a day you’ll definitely start to notice how much more energy you have. Yes you might get hungry after an hour of eating a salad but why is that bad? You get to eat sooner and you’ll feel that much healthier for it. *says the person who needs to be eating at all times of the day*
Eat frozen mangos – So my formula for this is get frozen mangos, take them out of the freezer, wait a few minutes, and then the mangos unthaw to the most perfect texture in the world! I don’t know how to describe it but frozen mangos taste like candy without the guilt. Also mangos are amazing because for one cup you get 100% of your daily vitamin C. You also get Vitamin A, K, B-6 (which helps the nervous system) and it has potassium which is my hangover cure.
Get enough sleep – I’m pretty good at falling asleep before a trip because I’m so used to it now but when I first started travelling I could never sleep. I was anxious, excited, worried. I would toss and turn all night so in the morning I was groggy and didn’t have energy. Sleep is really important for fighting off colds, keeping your mind sharp and stops you from over eating. Aim for 8 hours of restful sleep.
How do you guys get healthy before a trip? Share in the comments!
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