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Garden Fresh: Healthy Travel Tips

By Claudia Deen

Summer is right around the corner, and that means that travel season is about to start. A lot of people take advantage of the warm weather and school vacations to travel and explore new destinations or visit family.

Bobby and I recently spent a couple of weeks in southern California, so I thought this was a great time for me to share some travel tips that you can apply to stay healthy while on the road. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by car, plane or boat—being prepared is crucial in order to stay on the healthy track… at least most of the time! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t indulge here and there, but if you take good care of yourself, things will be easier whenever is time to go back home.

1. Bring on the snacks: When hunger strikes and we ignore this sign, we are more likely to overeat on the next meal. Our bodies are very smart, and we should all listen to them. Some of my favorite snacks are raw unsalted nuts, a piece of fruit (apple, clementine, orange) and superfood bars. When buying bars, just make sure that they have less than 200 calories, less than 7g of sugar and less than 200mg of sodium.

2. Always carry a water bottle with you: we can get very dehydrated when on the road, especially when flying. If you carry a water bottle everywhere, you’ll be sipping on it constantly and will avoid getting headaches while nourishing your body. A lot of the times we confuse hunger with thirst, so if you feel you want to eat but it’s only been a couple of hours since your last meal, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes before reaching out for food. Your appetite may be gone by then!

3. Move: Staying active is very important no matter where we are. You don’t have to go for a run or hit the gym, but just by moving your body, you’ll remind it that it’s alive. You can get up while on the plane and stretch, walk around the airport instead of sitting at the gate while waiting on your flight or stop your car every hour while on the road to jog in place for a minute and stretch some more! If you’ve made it to your final destination, make a point to walk more instead of driving or taking a cab everywhere. You’ll be surprised on all the beautiful details you’ll find along the way that you’d have probably missed if in a car.

These tips are small but bring big results! I hope you put them into practice and enjoy the warm weather! (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Happy summer!

Claudia Deen - Founder, The Trendy Smoothie Claudia Deen is a Certified Health Coach based in Savannah, GA, and the founder of The Trendy Smoothie. Claudia is a brown belt in karate, thirteen-time half-marathon finisher, seven-time marathon finisher, and two-time Ironman 70.3 finisher. After a career in advertising, her passion for fitness and fresh eating led to a career centered on helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, Claudia married Paula’s son, Bobby. You can follow Claudia on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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