In just one week I will be in the happiest place on earth…Disneyland! Thoughts of junk food keep passing my mind as I contemplate what kinds of foods there will be for me to eat without getting sick. If you’re anything like me, when you eat sugar or gluten… even one drop above your body’s recommended dose (this varies for each person) you’re in a world of pain. I want to avoid this. Today I am sharing my top tips for staying healthy while traveling.
- Pack your own snacks and food. It really goes without saying. You have to bring plenty of snacks you know you’ll be able to eat on the road or plane. Think trail mix, string cheese, jerky, freeze dried fruits, RX bars or homemade protein bars (I’ll be making my own), healthy meats and gluten free whole grain crackers or tortilla chips. I also like packing smoked salmon. I just feel good eating it. Boiled eggs, grapes, apples with peanut butter or almond butter will work just fine too.
2. Book your accommodations next to a grocery store. That way if you need something healthier than what you will find at a restaurant, the grocery store will at least have a supply of fresh produce.
3. I’m sure you never have this problem, but for some odd reason I can never go #2 when I am on vacation. Even if my eating and exercise are on point. There must be some kind of name for this peculiar problem of mine. If you happen to be similar to me, might I suggest packing these essentials: Calm Magnesium with calcium, herbal teas such as “detox tea (dandelion or nettle)”, lemons to make a hot lemon water to drink first thing in the morning. Use your coffee maker to warm up water. Hot lemon water first thing in the morning gets things moving. AND…the “Live to 100 Shake”. I put together the dry ingredients in a plastic baggie and add the liquid stuff when I get there. It’s packed with probiotics. You’ll love it! This is my best kept secret of all!
4. This brings me to my next and very important health tip…STAY HYDRATED! Go into your vacation with a goal to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. So what if you have to go to the bathroom 10 times a day. It’s not really a problem. You’ll flush so much out via your urine and it’ll keep you healthy and energized. Add lemon or berries to your water for some antioxidants.
5. Make sure you get some sleep! Preferably 7-9 hours each night…and maybe even a 30 min nap during the day. Sleep helps boost your immune system. Your mood will be elevated during the day so you can really enjoy your vacation without feeling fatigued all the time. Not to mention your hunger hormones Leptin and Ghrelin are regulated with sleep. You’ll be less likely to make poor food choices on vacation with a good nights sleep. But how on earth will you get a good nights sleep if you’re not in your own bed??? Read on my friend…
6. Down load a white noise app on your phone. I like the fan app. Blast that as loud as your phone will let it go. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more annoying than staying in a hotel where your neighbors are night owls. They come in and out of their room all night long. You hear the door open and close over and over again. Along with the fan app, bring a pair of earplugs. If you have comfortable earbuds, put that in with a nighttime meditation on YouTube. I use the “Calm App” stuff. I love it for daily meditation (which I plan on doing every single morning before we head into the parks). Being in those parks can be stressful. I might just have a meditation on standby while I’m waiting in the lines.
7. Along with daily meditation practices, I would recommend stretching at night before bed. This will help you be less stiff from the bed the night before. Get on the floor as you’re watching a show and stretch those hip flexors. I will also be bringing some of my mobility tools. As you stretch and mobilize, you’re going to have better circulation throughout the day. You’ll want to feel loose and limber as you run to get your fast passes and make it to your next ride. I’m already gearing up!
8. Don’t skip the gym! Most likely your hotel has a gym. Can you wake up an extra 30 min early to get a quick lift session in? How about a nice brisk walk or run outside? Your body will thank you in so many ways if you decide now to utilize the gym equipment while you’re there. I’m staying at the Disneyland Resort this time around, and I’m pretty certain they’ll have a gym. Even if it’s toon town equipment, I plan on using it.
9. For safety and sanitation…Bring a first aid kit with the basics…just in case. You never know when you’ll need a band-aid or ointment of some kind. You’ll be walking a lot. Put some chafing cream in there just in case. I’m just saying. Better to be prepared than to endure unnecessary pain. I would also plan on washing my hands more often. You’re likely to be exposed to a wide range of different germs your body isn’t used to. Just get in the habit of washing your hands. The rule of thumb is 20 seconds with hot soapy water. Lather up those wrists and forearms as well. Teach your kids to do the same. you just never know if someone was just coming off the flu and rode in the exact seat on splash mountain that you’re now riding in. You don’t need to be obsessive about this, just be aware.
10. Don’t eat anything that looks sketchy. Enough said. Listen to your inner guide on this one. You don’t want to end up with E-coli. My friend got that in Thailand and it turned into a rare but nasty case of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Don’t take chances with food. It’s not worth it. If it looks like it’s been sitting out all day, it probably has.
If you put these tips into practice during your vacation and really plan ahead, you’ll be good to go!
Which tip will you try next time you’re on vacation?
Did I miss something? What do you do to stay healthy on vacation? Post in the comments below!