Going away this festive season? There is no need to “let go” of your healthy eating habits while you are travelling. With just a little bit of effort and willpower, and some nourishing food choices on hand, Patrick Holford says that your holiday needn’t turn into a dietary disaster.
GOING SOMEWHERE NEW?
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Some other tips:
- Boil all water for 1 minute if you are unsure of the cleanliness of it
- Try to drink only bottled water, canned or carbohydrate bottled drinks or beverages made with boiled water
- Make sure your ice is also made with the boiled water
- Only eat fruits that can be peeled
EATING IN THE AIR
You are exposed to so many stressors when you fly – poor air quality, dehydration, exposure to germs and a variety of chemicals, extended sitting and inactivity – leaving your body to work extra hard to maintain an equilibrium. Help your body out by taking extra care of what you put into it in the air. Avoid excessively salty foods and alcohol, which contribute to dehydration and can lead to sinus problems, constipation, swollen legs and low energy.
Drink as much water as possible – many people don’t want to drink a lot while they fly because it means going to the toilet more often. Patrick Holford says that this is exactly what you want – getting up and stretching your legs every now and then will help keep circulation going.
Processed meat and animal protein put extra stress on the body, so choose the vegetarian option when you book your flight. Holford also recommends taking vitamins and additional antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, selenium and Zinc to help protect you from extra germ exposure and the other stressors of flying.