It is hard for most people to eat healthy when they travel. Airports and airline companies know exactly how to tempt you with their processed, unhealthy food items, full of salt, preservatives and other junk. I have never eaten any food an airline has served to me, ever. My husband does -- but not when we travel together; I don't allow that to happen. I always prepare lots of fresh foods that he likes and it takes away his desire to order that gross chicken or pasta dish that smells and looks like plastic. Sometimes I sneak on to our airline reservation and change the meal preferences to vegan as almost always all they serve is fresh fruit, or so I hope it is fresh.
15 tips for staying healthy while traveling: for you and your man
When making an airline reservation, change your meal preferences to vegan or vegetarian. It is almost always a salad or fruit. Just don’t use their processed salad dressing. Ask for a sliced lemon.
The night before your flight, chop up some fresh fruit and add a little lemon juice as it keeps it from browning and also enhances the flavors. Put it in a tupper-wear container. Or bring bananas, apples, oranges, pears, or anything with a skin or peel for a perfect snack.
Bring a ripe avocado and get a plastic knife and spoon and it is healthy and filling -- on its own or with organic brown rice crackers.
Prepare a salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado; cut a lemon in half for a light dressing.
Don’t be tempted to buy energy bars — you will be sitting for several hours, not running a marathon. (And even if you are running one, have a piece of fruit instead).
If you are going on a long flight (5+ hours) grill a piece of chicken or turkey or make a hard boiled egg and top it on a salad with some olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic. Or prepare some organic brown rice or quinoa and drizzle olive oil or coconut oil for some healthy fats and carbs (add veggies or protein if desired). You can also boil a sweet potato and top it with healthy evoo or coco oil.
Stay away from salty nuts. Bring a bag of unsalted raw nuts for a healthy snack.
Get up to take a walk and stretch every 30 minutes if you are awake; it is important for circulation.
Drink a glass of water every 30 minutes; hydration is essential while flying.
Be a germ freak: carry antibacterial wipes with you and clean the seats, belts and tray — it’s a field of germs.
Take an extra dose of vitamin C and Echinacea before you fly; it gives your immune system a good boost.
Stay away from caffeine and sugary drinks; stick with water only!
Be considerate of your fellow passengers: don’t pack anything that you would not want to smell — onions, garlic, tuna, fish...
Remember to hydrate with lots of water when you land.