Friday, September 5, 2014

MY 9 HEALTHY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Often when traveling we let go of our healthy routine and eat whatever is available. In some places it is just plain difficult to find good food. It's ok to indulge a little more (I mean, c'mon, you're on vacation!), but bringing few healthy items with you helps you stay on track.

My travel essentials:


 1. Chia seeds

Throw chia seeds in your morning fresh squeezed orange juice or smoothie. Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. Chia is also so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc.

2. Green powder

 If there's no green juices/smoothies available where you are, green powders are the next best thing. I love Amazing Grass, but Aloha also has travel friendly packets of green juice powder that contain spinach, spirulina, wild blueberries and coconut water, as well as peas, enoki mushrooms, lemon, and a little ginger. Try Aloha for FREE here.

3. Zinc

Among all the vitamins and minerals, zinc shows the strongest effect on our immune system. An increase of the zinc level has proven effective in fighting pneumonia, diarrhea and other infections. Zinc can also reduce the duration and severity of a common cold. This is the brand I use.

4. B-12

The only supplement I take daily is B-12. Deficiency in it may cause muscle weakness, fatigue and lack of energy, mental fogginess, memory problems, mood swings, feelings of apathy and lack of motivation. And no, I do not want to have those feelings during my vacation!



Chlorella is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, containing a full range of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, detoxifying chlorophyll and plenty of important phytochemicals. Chlorella benefits the body with optimal nutrition for maximum energy, helping to protect cells from toxic substances, supporting growth of healthy tissues and it also helps keep you regular.

6. Homemade trail mix of raw, unsalted almonds, walnuts and banana chips

Rather than eating airport and airplane food (or vending machine "food" at the hotel!) I snack on these healthy goodies to keep the hunger at bay.


7. A glass water bottle

I carry my pink Lifefactory bottle everywhere. In Mexico I used the water fountain at the hotel gym and at the yoga studio to keep filling my bottle up at any hour of the day. No mountains of empty plastic bottles in our hotel room! Plus the weather was so hot that all those toxins from plastic bottles would've leached in to the water we carried around. Yuck! No bueno!
8. Herbal tea

Since I stopped drinking coffee for homeopathy, I drink mostly yerba mate. And since yerba mate doesn't taste like much I bring my favorite herbal teas to give my cup of tea some flavor. I love lemon, ginger and lemongrass. Also, I bring couple of packs of Traditional Medicinals' Smooth Move to drink the night after flight because my stomach just goes wild on the plane, even if I don't eat anything. This may cause constipation for days. Drinking Smooth Move before going to bed generally produces a bowel movement within 6-12 hours (yes, it works!).
9. A cosmetics bag with Yes to Carrots facial wipes, Kiss My Face organic sunscreen, Jing Ai bronzer, Lalicious Everyday Everywhere Spray

Face wipes are the lazy girl's savior. If I'm too tired to wash my face I use these wipes (they get rid of even eye makeup!) and leave my skin feeling soft and smelling great. I don't even need any moisturizer after. Kiss My Face sun oil took good care of my skin in Mexico. We spent lot of time in the water and I did not get sun burned. Good job!
After all the beach fun is over and it's time to look descent for dinner, I like to use Jing Ai's rose scented bronzer to get rid of my overly shiny face. Lalicious' Everyday Everywhere spray smells so delicious I could eat it (but I won't). And the bottle is small enough to bring to the plane since we do not check our bags ever. Travel light is our motto.
BONUS TIP: I always rely on Happy Cow to find the best local veg restaurants. There's an app, as well as a website: http://www.happycow.net 

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