Since our trip to Miami, we’ve been hanging out in Chicago,
patiently impatiently awaiting spring’s arrival. It’s not here yet, but I’ve been pleased with some of the warmer days we’ve had and if nothing else, we’ve gotten more sunshine which seriously puts me in such a good mood! It’s also around this time of year that I get serious about my health and wellness goals. For whatever reason, it just seems so much easier to make better choices when the weather cooperates. Do you feel the same way?
In just a couple of weeks, we’re heading to California for Easter weekend with Rob’s family. We went last year and I absolutely loved Orange County and I’m so thankful we’re getting to go back. Rob’s sister, Adria, also loves babies, and is always a huge help with Owen, which makes it feel more like we’re getting a real vacation—thanks Adria!
Usually I don’t think much about packing until the night before, but I’m trying to plan further ahead so I can stick to my current routine to help heal my hormone imbalance, skin issues and digestion that we created during my visit at the functional medicine doctor and dietician. It’s easy to throw all things out the window and indulge on vacation, but I want to come back feeling better, not worse. This trip should be a relaxing one, and I’m determined to make it a healthy one too. Thankfully, California’s sunshine makes it easier for me to stay motivated!
How to Stay Healthy While Traveling
I always get hungry on the flight out there and end up grabbing some chips or something at the airport. Not only is it not the healthiest, but they’re always over-priced! Since I’m now eating 2-3 snacks a day, I’ll be stocking up on some of my favorites to bring with me. Right now I’m loving Vermont Smoke & Cure Jerky Sticks, Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas, RX bars, Go Raw sprouted seeds for good, packable, on-the-go-snacks. These will be great for the plane ride, and also when we’re out and about because I can just stick them in my diaper bag. I recently learned that nuts really don’t digest well for me, so I’m trying not to eat them too often. Do you have any easy nut-free snacks you love? Please share!
Bring a Water Bottle
Again, you can buy one at the airport, but bringing your own (just make sure it’s empty before security) is much more affordable. Having a water bottle makes me drink so much more water! Most airports now have the easy bottle refilling stations too. I always drink at least one bottle before we board and then refill before we board. My favorite water bottles are from Swell and bkr—the bigger the better! I go through a 16oz. bottle too fast, so I love the 32oz. one!
Eat a Pre-Flight Meal
Okay, I’m not always good about this because often times we’re running out the door and I just forget! This time around, I’m planning on eating a good pre-flight meal that’s filled with complex carbs like brown rice or quinoa, a good protein, like salmon or chicken, and a healthy fat like avocado! Not only will it keep me full longer, but it won’t make me feel heavy or bloated a few hours into the flight.
Pack Your Collagen
As you guys know, I love Vital Proteins and use several of their products on a regular basis. I’m trying to get more protein in my diet, and a scoop of their Collagen Peptides has 18g of protein, plus 20g of collagen! Collagen is essential for healthy skin, nails and hair. A bunch of their products like the Collagen Peptides, Beauty Waters, Matcha Collagen, Bone Broths and more come in perfect travel size portions, so you don’t have to lug around the whole canister.
Skip the Wine & Soda
I’m always tempted to get a drink on flights—I mean, I am on vacation, right?! Especially when we leave in the evening. But, alcohol can leave you dehydrated, even more so when you drink at altitude. If I have a glass of wine on a flight, I often feel incredibly thirsty and sometimes get a headache. Normally, one glass of wine wouldn’t do that to me! I also try to skip soda, unless I’m nauseous, which is often sadly! I get plane-sick easily. If I feel terrible, I’ll get a ginger ale, otherwise, I stick to water!
Always Eat Breakfast
Once you’re on your trip, the real fun begins! This is also the time that all health goals can quickly fly out the window. I always make sure I start everyday with a good breakfast that has proteins, carbs, healthy fats and some fiber. It will keep you full longer and give you more energy! Getting a protein and healthy fat in also helps keep your blood sugar level, which is super importatnt for me!
Walk When You Can
Whenever we travel, we usually opt for public transit and walking to get around town. Not only is it a great way to see a new city, it’s also a good way to burn off anything you’ve indulged in, because, it’s still a vacation and you should have fun! Last year in California we went for long walks down the beach and in the neighborhood which was really hilly—my calves were feeling the burn for sure!
One thing I’m super excited about is the warm weather on this trip. I’m packing some of my favorite spring dresses, including this new one! It looks super cute with wedges and flat sandals too. I love when pieces can be dressed up or down. Wearing pieces you love and that you feel good in can be an instant mood-booster!
Keep Up Your Skincare Routine
I used to just bring random samples that I had laying around, but I finally went and bought travel size bottles so I can bring the products that I actually want to use. A change in environment can put stress on your body (even if you don’t feel stressed), and keeping your routine as normal as possible can help keep your skin healthy. I also love my skincare routine and it feels extra luxurious and relaxing when I’m doing it on vacation!
The 70-30 Rule
You’ve probably heard of the 80-20 rule. Eat the “right” way 80% of the time, and don’t worry about the other 20% too much. The “right” way is up to you and what your body needs. Everyone is different and needs different things! Frankly, it’s easy for me to eat what my body needs most of the time because I simply feel so much better when I do that! When I’m on vacation, I bend that rule a bit and try to eat “right” 70% of the time and don’t worry about the extra glass of wine or dessert I have! Life’s too short—right?!
Pack Athletic Clothes
Rob’s family loves to workout and if I don’t pack athletic clothes, then I’m left out! Bringing athletic clothes like yoga pants, shorts and tanks makes it easier for me to hit the gym or go on that walk and I always feel so much better after! Not to mention, they’re super comfortable and perfect for hanging around the house in! My favorite workout leggings and crop tops are from Outdoor Voices. Now that it’s warmer, I need to stock up on some new pieces!
Get Enough Sleep
This is never hard for me on trips. Vacation is the time where I just let any work obligations go and relax. I’ll go to bed early or take a nap in the middle of the day if I feel like I need it. Getting enough sleep while you’re traveling will make your days so much more enjoyable too!
What other tips do you have for staying healthy while you travel? Are you going on any trips soon?!
photos by Hannah Schweiss