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Staying healthy while you travel

Dialing up our weekly call, Suzy client laments, “I’m on a plane so much this week, how am I supposed to feel good about my body?”  Having more frequent flyer miles than a pilot, she knows full well the effects of flying:  bloating, water weight gain, stiffness and lethargy.

And it makes her incredibly anxious to feel a victim to fall prey to high fat, high sodium and sugar options.  What to do?

Having a plan is key. Suzy and I talked about deciding before-hand what is the best flying fare so she can figure out where to get those foods – from home, a pre-packed breakfast or lunch is a take-on to be grateful for when you’re doing an OJ Simpson through the terminal for a long flight.

Yesterday, after designing a breakfast at home that included eggs for protein, we logged onto the website of her airport.  Suzy gleefully shouted out when she saw the list of restaurants in her terminal. And she beat me to their menu – there, she made a sound choice for lunch on board.

For example, UFood is popping up in many airports and sport a fresh and filling veggie or chipotle turkey burger.  Wholesome Tofusion carries on well as do their multiple salads and hi-protein shakes.

If you have time for a sit-down meal, check out Legal Seafoods in Boston and Benigan’s and Chili’s in Dallas / Fort Worth.  These sound like huts dishing out mongo portions of salt, carbs and fat, but if you look closely, they have sides of steamed veggies, multiple salads (with dressing on the side and fat-filled toppings like croutons and cheese left off), and a spicy black bean burger (no grilled butter on the bun please).  Ask for grilled options without high fat sauces – and be prepared to be surprised by a Yes, we can do that!

Choose veggie omelets at home or oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit at the airport Starbucks.  To a low-fat, low-sugar protein bar, add low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk or soy milk and fresh fruit for morning meals. Pack your favorite cold cereal in a quart-sized freezer bag and buy milk of choice at the airport.  When finished, the plastic spoon tucks into the bag and is zipped to the trash.  Hard-boiled eggs carry well and keep you full.

Drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol, and watch out for salty snacks like chips, pretzels and crackers.  Avoid sugary fatty treats like brownies and cookies and opt for a sweet treat you bring on board.

We’re glad you’re here. Safe travels.

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