Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.
Certified Health Coach, Co-Founder of Urban Detox Club & Shaklee Independent Distributor
most recently in: Kenya and Paris
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...
Actually there two! For the actual flight day, I always have an almond butter and banana sandwich on flourless sprouted grain bread. It's almost impossible to find anything healthy at airports and in-air flights can be hit or miss so I make sure to have this on me. I also always keep my favorite snack bars from Shaklee handy. I love the Shaklee 180 snack bars and Chewy Apple Fiber bars. Depending how long I'm away, you may find one or two boxes in my suitcases.
Tell us your in-flight rituals.
If I'm traveling for pleasure, I really try to use the flight to start the relaxation process. I'll bring a book I've been wanting to read or treat myself to an in-flight movie. I think it's important to have some breaks from the craziness of running a business so I try to use the whole process as an opportunity to relax. However, I have found that I can be very productive on a flight since distractions are minimized. So if it's a business trip, I will work on a project for a few uninterrupted hours. To stay healthy, I always take some extra immunity boosting supplements the days leading up to flying and while I'm away since planes can be an incubator for germs. I'll pop some extra Vitamin C, elderberry and other immune boosting formulas. And I always take my favorite alfalfa tablets - which can help keep water retention and puffiness at bay. Finally, I try to stay very hydrated and always sit on the aisle because I like to be able to stretch my legs in the air and have easy access to the bathroom (see above about hydration!).
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Jet-lag is rough however you cut it. Personally, I find that I'm more sane and catch up faster if I do nap when I arrive or go straight to bed if it's an evening arrival. I simply don't function well on no sleep and I find it hard to sleep on planes so I try to get some as soon as I can. If it's a nap, I make sure to keep it a nap and not climb in bed at 11am and sleep all day. After a nap, I'll get up, have a good meal, be active in some way and then get back to bed at a normal evening time. If I arrive in the evening, I'll try to get right to sleep and get up at a normal time in the morning - even if I want to keep sleeping.
Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?
I think I'm closest to Bear as I'm a big walker and would much rather be outdoors than in a gym. I love to get out in a new city and just walk everywhere! I'll utilize mass transit when necessary but if it's walkable, I always take the scenic route. If I'm in a less urban environment, I'll swim, jog or go hiking and explore as much as I can.
How do you keep sickness at bay?
I always travel with my immunity supporting supplements (garlic, vitamin C, probiotics, and more), aim to stay well hydrated and avoid hand sanitizers opting instead for good, old fashioned soap and water.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
I really love experiencing new foods and enjoying local cuisine and there is no better opportunity to do this than when you are in a new part of the world. So I always opt for local cuisines that still fits with my healthy lifestyle. Fresh veggies and fish are good options and I'll enjoy a glass of wine, (local when possible), and if there is cheese and bread available, I'm sure to indulge a little. Life is too short not to enjoy delicious food on occasion. I do try to eat at local establishments versus chains or obvious tourist destinations, as I find the meals are usually fresher, healthier and served in smaller portions.
What do you do to stay grounded?
As I mentioned, I don't do well with too little sleep so I really try my best to enjoy where I'm at but still rest and sleep so I don't arrive home more exhausted than when I left! I also try to disconnect as much as I can when I'm away. I typically don't pay for international cell service so I don't text or call much. I'll try to check email once a day but use the time away to really BE away and appreciate the experience. If I'm traveling but constantly on Facebook or email, I feel pulled between two worlds and not present or grounded.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
I'll always let my family know where I'll be staying in case of an emergency and send an email when I arrive to let them know I'm safe. I may Skype once or twice if it's a longer trip but I think having some separation from my iPhone is healthy and needed. One of my favorite things to do is put my "Out of Office" message up on my email and voicemail. :-)