What is your travel routine?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 09, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Travel can affect our health in several ways:

1) We are exposed to lots of germs from all around the world 2) We are exposed to radiation, from flying and to a smaller degree security 3) Time changes and odd hour flights require changes to our circadian rhythm 4) Emotional stress, from rushing, dealing with unhappy and unpleasant workers and other travelers 5) We are forced to sit for long periods of time and carry or drag heavy things

What do you all do to mitigate these problems? Do you think it's better to fast or eat and if you eat, what nutrients are most important to get and why?

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:22 AM

I try not to fast when travelling if I can avoid it. As you say, we are already putting our bodies through plenty of stress, so I don't think adding the stress of fasting is ideal. Whole fruit is almost always accessible in airports, and I'm not at all averse to buying/eating 5 bananas (for example). I've lately had decent luck with gluten-free meals on international flights.

I think food while travelling (especially international travel) is a time when we have to admit that perfect is the enemy of good. That gets harder and harder for me (type A personality) as I get deeper into paleo. But in the end if worry over food ends up creating more stress while travelling, it's probably not a good thing.



on December 10, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I take cut-up veggies and muffin-cup scrambled egg concoctions to snack on, especially if I have a layover, which is almost always because I fly out of a small airport. I try not to eat in the airport restaurants and take a water bottle to fill up once I'm through security. I will buy a bottle of water when I forget mine and just suck up the fact that I'm drinking from plastic.

Lately, I've been able to find a lot more hotel restaurants that offer gluten-free menu items that make traveling easier for me. I may indulge more when I'm traveling, usually in the form of alcohol, but still avoid gluten because it makes me miserable. I'm not affected much by changing time zones as I have a pretty screwy sleep pattern anyway. As long as I can eat at least an hour before I plan to go to bed, I am usually okay.

I used to let traveling bother me and would end up super grumpy by the time I got to my destination. I figured out that if I plaster a smile on my face, it usually goes more smoothly for me. I try not to let issues I face when traveling, especially ones I have zero control over, get to me and I come out healthier overall.



on December 09, 2012
at 07:42 PM

The healthier I get the more I resent traveling. But here is what I've found helpful... for domestic US flights, I'd avoid eating at the airport or on the plane. If you have a layover and it becomes a long travel day, I bring hard boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, or sardines (which I'd eat in the airport and not on the plane). If you arrive somewhere late at night, I think it's better to eat on the plane at the 'normal' dinner time at your arrival city, rather than eating when you arrive.

To hopefully address some of the radiation issues, lots of green tea. I'll take a concentrated liquid supplement. I also avoid the new full-body scanners, partly due to additional radiation (which may or may not be problematic) and partly because we have the right to opt out and use the old timey metal detectors.

For supplements I bring extra vitamin C, zinc, some mega doses of vit D (50k iu), and melotonin.

Hope that helps!

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