7 tips to be a hydrated and healthy traveler

Staying hydrated and healthy can be a challenge in our daily lives, let alone while traveling. Whether you are taking a long haul flight across the world, hopping your next business flight or heading on a weekend getaway – you need to follow a few simple tips to stay hydrated and healthy.  These are my go to rules for flying the friendly, and sometimes not so friendly skies.

Hydrate

1.) Water, water and more water.  Grab your water bottle before boarding to ensure you can stay hydrated in flight.  To reduce waste and cut costs on expensive water bottles at the airport you can take your own empty bottle and refill at the numerous water bottle stations available. It’s nice to have something with you at all times because the minute you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  If you don’t plan to bring water, try to at least drink 8-12 ounces prior to flight.  However, don’t plan on the mini sips of water provided on the plane. Water in flight is barely enough to wet your whistle, let alone provide sufficient hydration.  Come prepared.

 

2.) Get your sleep.  Yeah you can get a mini snooze on the plane however that barely warrants sufficient sleep.  And what if you are lucky enough to be seated next to a chatty Cathy or a crying baby?  Your sleep time is over before it began.  So, do yourself a favor and get a good night’s sleep before jumping that flight or hit the hay a little earlier that night if possible.  Your skin will thank you.

 

 

Moisture

3.) MOISTURIZE.  There’s no such thing as over doing it.  To prep my skin before flight, I use an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and I also bring along a tube of ARTISTRY CC cream because is moisturizing and provides a light coverage.  Keep the makeup light and use extra moisturizer.  More on this topic to come….

 

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4.) Ease of up on the in-flight makeup.  I get you want to look good if you are heading to a meeting shortly after arrival, but use a good moisturizer as a base and avoid a heavy makeup or powder.  You can always add makeup once you land.  Keep it clean and your skin will return the favor.  I keep mascara, lip gloss, and ARTISTRY cc cream in my bag at all times.

 

 

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5.) Pass up the processed.  I know airports are carb and sugar haven’s but that doesn’t mean you need to subject your body to the destructive properties of such foods.  At the very least, reach for fresh ingredients like a piece of fruit.  I typically make and bring my own snacks, but no matter what airport you are flying to, you can find a banana, apple or orange.  Now fruit may not be your first choice but trust me the fiber will help the flying bloat and you will thank me for passing up the bloat inducing bagel.  Trust me, this is something you won’t regret.  Opt for fruit and grab yourself a plain yogurt or oats to go and your tummy and skin will thank you.

am 4556.) Lay off the coffee.  We all reach for the caffeine when traveling, especially for those early flights!  It get it.  Caffeine is necessary when you are up at 3:50am to catch a 6am flight.  I do early flights regularly where my eyes are still puffy and my brain isn’t yet functioning.  However, if you are going to do coffee, drink at least 8oz of water to compensate for the dehydration your body will experience.   Try to limit coffee and maybe try to drink tea, a green juice, pop a B12 vitamin or grab an XS Energy drink to help combat the morning haze for those early flights.

HAnds7.) Keep it clean.  Wash your hands!  I’m not a huge fan of antibacterial sanitizers but at the very least give your hands a thorough wash with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds to kill germs that can lead to infections.  Laying your head on a germ infested pillow or blanket on top of being exposed to so many people keep your hands clean.  Not only will it help you stay healthy but if you touch your face you avoid spreading the germs to your skin.

Work snacking healthy and simple

Looking for some nutritious snacks at work without all the prep time?  There are just some days we all don’t even have time to use the restroom, so why would we have time to go out to lunch let alone prepare lunch the night before?  The alternative then becomes the processed, sodium packed foods you find in your frozen food aisle at the grocery store, salad bar at work or the nearest food emporium.  This can not only become expensive but it tends to typically contain hidden calories and fat even though you think you are eating healthy!

The other option is taking time to meal prep on Sunday or the night prior.  Now I’m a huge proponent and love to prep, but with life, work, families and etc. it sometimes becomes an impossible feat.  Most of us are not in the business of body building and have many other priorities so it becomes this monster of a task to have healthy prepared meals in advance.  Now in the absence of having prepared meals, you start to snack and if you were any where like I do, the snacks are NOT healthy!

I’m here to help make this easy and take out the guess work and added stress.  I’ve had numerous creative trials with my office snacks & lunches and as long as you have a few simple ingredients it takes 2 minutes to create something delicious and nutritious.

Things to pack for this easy snack.

  1. Plain Greek Yogurt.  I prefer Fage or Siggi’s plain because they are low in sugar (<5g) and high in protein (15-17g) per 150g container (or individual size).
  2. Granola.  Whether it’s prepared or homemade the secret is to look for natural granola without the sugar.  My gauge is typically to search for granola with 10g of sugar or less, which is hard to find!
  3. Fresh Fruit.  Always have some on hand to add to any smoothie or bowl.  Berries and bananas are a staple for me because they are easy to add.  While traveling a banana and apple work great.
  4. Protein Powder.  No matter where I am, its always on me.  Either opt for a small container or the single serve pouches are great for carrying in your purse, suitcase, cupboard, laptop bag for work and etc.  Never leave home without it.  I prefer plant based options like Plant Fusion, SunWarrior, VegaOne, Garden of Life and many more.
  5. Superfoods.  I buy bulk hemp seeds, dried goji berries, chia seeds, maca powder, spirulina and more to have on hand at all times.  These can be easily added to any smoothie or bowl and are easy to take in small plastic containers or ziploc bags.  There are many health food stores that also sell individual pouches of these items as well.

Directions:

  • Mix a scoop of the protein powder(or 1 serving size) with the greek yogurt (1 serving size).  Once you have formed a good mixture that is evening mixed you are ready to add the toppings.
  • Chop up 1/2 banana and lay the slices on the mixture
  • Add your fresh or dried fuit
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of granola

Sprinkle with your superfoods and you are ready to enjoy a tasty protein packed snack!

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Strawberry protein powder + greek yogurt 2 tbsp Goji berries 1/2 Banana 1/2 tbsp chia/hemp seeds 1 tbsp granola

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