Greetings from Long Beach, CA!
Normally when I’m flying somewhere, I pre-prepare a whole bunch of meals and snacks for the plane, since I usually can’t eat a single thing there. But this time, I spent the whole morning and night before moving out of my apartment and into a new Brooklyn apartment that I didn’t have a second to spare. So I had to use my creative skills to work to find a way to fuel myself on this flight. Fortunately, JFK is a pretty resourceful airport, so here’s what I was able to find.
JAMU Pineapple Juice
While a green juice would have been preferred, this juice was a pretty good option under the circumstances. During flights a lot of us tend to have indigestion, so I wanted to make sure I had something that would be able to prevent it. Pineapple is perfect for this reason because it has a great deal of enzymes that help in breaking down foods and curbing bloating. The juice also had curcumin and ginger, which also help with indigestion. In addition, this juice was extremely hydrating, which is important since flights can also contribute to dehydration!
A Huge Bottle of Water—very important because we all know that those little cups are definitely NOT sufficient.
A Desperate Salad Turned Delicious
Desperate times called for desperate measures. Here’s how I can usually find a meal almost anywhere.
- Get a plain packaged salad. I was lucky to find kale, but any type of lettuce will do.
- Throw out the dressing (if there is any) I can guarantee you it’s soy, sugar-filled, garbage.
- Find an avocado. I looked around the food court to see which restaurants had avocado-containing dishes. Then I went to the manager, put on my sweetest smile, and asked for an avocado. And I got one. In addition to a few laughs. 😉
- Bring a plastic fork and knife onto the flight (they likely won’t give you one unless you purchase food) and mash the whole avocado into your salad to make a dressing. VOILA!
Brad’s Kale Chips
I was very luck to find these in the airport! These chips are dehydrated and sprinkled with raw nuts and spices to make a delicious and satisfying snack that beats the Lay’s and Planters snacks that are on the plane.
I hope this goes to show that eating a healthful, vegan diet can be done under ANY circumstance and even with little planning!
We all know the feeling. You went to mom’s house, your boyfriend/girlfriend made you a huge, delicious, and fattening meal that you couldn’t refuse, or you were caught in the only restaurant that you could find off the freeway. Or maybe you just had a craving and couldn’t resist. And now here your stomach is, in pain. Not to fear! There are answers to make the pain, bloating, and “Why did I do that?” feeling go away!
Stop Eating and Start Chewing!
Sometimes after a big meal, it’s easy to say, “I already blew it, it won’t make a difference if I keep going.” It does make a difference. Your body will have a great deal of difficulty digesting if you don’tstop eating because it will have the joint job of digesting the heavy food you’ve just eaten and the food you are continuing to eat. So chew something else instead, like sugar-free gum (If you can find it at a health-food store, try a brand that only uses xylitol) or an even better option, fennel seeds, which are great for digestion and keep your mouth feeling clean.
Drink Peppermint Tea with Ginger, Lemon, and Cayenne Pepper
All of these ingredients—peppermint, ginger, lemon, and cayenne—are great for digestion and overall health. I also drink this when I am sick, as it acts as a great immunity boost and detoxifier. Ginger acts as a natural antibacterial and will help to soothe any uneasy feelings in your stomach. Chop ginger into pieces and put into a tea-pot before boiling it. Then pour the tea into a cup and add lemon and cayenne pepper. Lemon is extremely helpful in getting rid of bloating and gas, while cayenne pepper helps to speed up the metabolism. Wait for the tea to cool down before squeezing some lemon and adding a few shakes of cayenne pepper on top.
I know, I know, it sounds weird, but doing a yogi squat can really help! The malasana pose helps to open hip joints, strengthen the back, and support the digestive system. Place your feet hip-length apart andsquat so that your butt almost touches the floor. Make sure to take deep breaths will doing this pose, as breathing will also help the flow of the digestive system.
Always Carry Digestive Enzymes
If you get one takeaway from this post,let it be this: Digestive enzymes are your best friend. Our body naturally produces various enzymes to digest fats, proteins, and vegetables. However our bodies were not naturally designed to digest the mass-produced junk that we throw into our bodies on a daily basis. Lucky for us, someone invented multi-enzymes. These consist of various enzymes—including lactose, which helps to digest dairy—that will better help to digest large meals. Try and remember to have them before the big meal, but taking them directly after will work too.
Water will help the food to move through your digestive tract and will also help you to feel a little bit more refreshed after a huge meal. Make sure you wait to drink at least twenty minutes after eating though, as you don’t want to dilute any digestive enzymes.
Don’t Kick Yourself
At the end of the day, bad food is everywhere and it is impossible to avoid it one-hundred percent of the time. Whenever I start to get upset with myself after a big meal, I just remind myself that I’m only human, and that life is too short to cry about it. Plus, getting upset will only upset your body even more, which will delay your digestion. So just relax, drink a cup of tea, and remember that tomorrow is a brand new day.