A Life Well Traveled

Travel can broaden your horizons and expand your mind.   Packing a few healthy snack essentials can help you stay on top of your self-care routine while you’re on-the-go so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.  Here are some travel tips for your next road trip.  Sure, you’re busy – aren’t we all?

First and foremost, do not fall prey to temptations just because you are out of your environment or element.  I know how easy it is to try something new from a different bakery or restaurant or any food establishment for that matter but, keep in mind that a doughnut is still a doughnut any way you cut it(literally).  Bottom line is it is still fried dough – granted that it may have different toppings or dressings or different fillings and may have a different flavor profile from what you have “back home” but so what?  Is it worth the weight gain and disgusting feeling you get after eating it?  If you are on a road trip, doughnuts should be banned from your choices because it is loaded with fats and unhealthy ingredients and just the fact that it lacks nutrients should tell us to avoid it.  I’m not just picking on doughnuts but similar on-the-road snacks to avoid are cookies, potato chips, chocolate, candies, reason being is if you eat too much and many of these you will feel heavy and lethargic.

When you are on a road trip, you want to feel energized and have the vitality to head out with excitement ready to take on your new environment.  The last thing you want to feel is sluggish and lackadaisical, especially if you have young children that are expecting you to have as much energy as they do once you unleash them at your destination.  Plus, after sitting in a car for potentially hours and you finally reach your journey’s end, you or your mind should be ready to jump out of the car and run a mile(or two).  This is how I feel when I am on a four-hour flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, I cannot wait to jump out of the plane but I’m afraid of Air Traffic Marshalls so why I don’t do it.   Then when my husband picks me up at the airport and we are heading home for yet another hour drive once again sitting, this drives me crazy!  If you are familiar with L.A. traffic, a one-hour drive is usually two hours.  I once (jokingly of course but sometimes not) asked my husband to let me out so I jog along side the car because I could have walked or jogged faster than the traffic was moving.

What I am trying to impress upon you is to always keep your health in mind, while you’re at it, keep the health of your entire family(and extended family) in mind by simply sharing healthy habits.  Check out this book that may just motivate you, “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals,” by Joan Vernikos.

(Note: I am not paid to promote the above book, it is simply one of many books that I find motivate me to stay healthy).   Stay well and be well to everyone!

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