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What a week. Yesterday was my 25th birthday (feeling the quarter-life crisis coming on…LOL) and I’ve been up and running since Friday seeing all of my wonderful friends and family who have been celebrating with me. I have tried so many new amazing vegan and gluten free dishes that I can’t wait to share with you!
But for now, I’ve been getting some questions about how to stay healthy while travelling, particularly while flying. While some of my blog posts address healthy travel, the airplane is a unique beast. You’re up in the sky, with no vegan restaurant in sight, and with airplane food that is quite less than desirable. Eeek! But never fear—you will be OK. Just follow my tips!
If you can help it, bring all your own food. Airplane food is way over processed and high in sodium and who knows what else. And to make matters worse, your immune system will already be compromised while you’re up in the air because your body becomes pressurized. Here are the essentials to bring on a flight.
When you’re in a rush
An Avocado (or two…)
Avocados can be found anywhere, and are calorically dense enough to fill you up with very little prep. On top of that they’ve got plenty of brain enhancing, skin plumping, delicious good fats. If you are really in a bind and the only thing you can bring is an avocado, you can always ask for 2-3 of the side salads and then top it off with avocado to make for a filling lunch.
Nature’s fast food! It’s sold everywhere and is portable. The only problem is sugar content–especially if you’re going to be seated for a long time and not expending a lot of energy. I like to bring a large bowl of cut up berries and pineapples, since they are a bit lower on sugar.
Super easy and sold pretty much everywhere—airports usually have large bags of nuts for sale. I would go for raw almonds or walnuts instead of nuts like peanuts or cashews. You definitely want to stay away from peanuts because most contain alfatoxins, which produce a significant amount of mold.
When you have time to prepare
Mary’s Gone Krackers
It’s pretty unlikely that airports will have these for sale, but if you have some time beforehand you can order them online or get them at your local health food store. These crackers are completely gluten-free, vegan, and minimally processed. But be careful—they are super addicting!
A large salad
For me, this is usually key. The people around you are going to be eating full airplane meals, so you will probably feel deprived if all you have are snacks. The last time I went on a plane to San Francisco, I brought a huge salad with raw sauerkraut, kale, avocado, dulse, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and nutritional yeast. The woman sitting next to me was so intrigued that I offered her a bite and she loved it! I will be posting a few salad recipes next week—like my summer seaweed salad—that are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Quinoa Flakes or Gluten-Free Oats
This is a quick and easy meal that you only need hot water to make. I like to mix it up with some sweet leaf stevia, cinnamon, and a few almonds or walnuts.
Ginger and Mint
You’re going to be in a new place and your body is going to go through some major adjustments. I know whenever I go to a new place or am going through a life change, the first part of my body to notice is my digestive system. That’s why I like to keep ginger and mint close by so I can chew on it to help everything go down a little bit easier. You can either get them whole and put ginger shavings and the leaf in hot water, or buy some bagged teas.
Other Things to Do
Drink LOTS of water. Buy your own water bottle before getting on the plane because we all know how stingy flights can be with their water!
Get up and go for a walk around the plane. Sitting for that long is not good for you.
Hope this helps. For more tips, scroll down to the “travel” category on the right side of the page.