Travel Tips

It seems as if everyone I’ve spoken to in the past few days is heading out of town! Spring Break, Spring Fever, whatever you may have, if you’re heading away on a trip here are a few tips just for you.

#1 Hydrate
The relative humidity of airplane cabins is usually less than 10%, something akin to the Sahara Desert! This not only causes dry skin, but dehydration and fatigue. When you feel dehydrated, your body feels hungry and wants to eat more.  Although the in-cabin food service cart more than pleases my 3 year old with chips and m&m’s, there aren’t many options for the health-conscious individual! And try to pass on alcoholic beverages during your flight. The air in the plane is dry enough, without alcohol further dehydrating you. The same goes for caffeinated drinks. Hydrate with good ole H2O!

#2 Bring some snacks
As I was mentioning, there aren’t many options on the in-cabin food cart, and unexpected delays can leave your blood sugar plummeting. Even if you do find some veggies and hummus on board, you’ll end up paying $8 for something that would cost you around $1.50 if you brought it from home. I know it’s a bit more complicated if you’re heading down South from Montreal and you have to deal with customs… no fruits or nuts, BUT there are still healthy options that are easily packable: carrot sticks and dip, KIND bars, trail mix, etc.

#3 Bring your tennis shoes in your carry-on
In case you find yourself stuck in an airport terminal, take the opportunity to log some miles. Put on your walking shoes and go for it. Plus, I’m sure there will be some exciting places to walk to when you get to your destination as well. You don’t want those shoes lost in luggage that might not make it!

#4 Avoid Crossing Your Legs on board.

Crossing your legs can constrict blood flow and increase your risk of clots. Instead of sitting with your legs crossed, prop your feet on some carry-on luggage to make yourself more comfortable. Once the fasten seatbelt sign goes off, get up and move around.

#5 Pack a change of clothes!

Because you just never know! In case you missed my in-flight episode with needing a change of clothes, you can laugh along here.
Have a great trip!
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Featured Recipe

Chicken Fajitas
(4 Servings)

1tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil, divided
4 (5-6oz) raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1/2 in strips
1 medium red or green red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
8 large romaine (or butter) lettuce leaves
1/2 medium avocado, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh salsa

Combine chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and 1 tsp oil in large resealable plastic bag.
Add cut chicken, bell peppers, and onion; mix gently to coat.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Empty contents of bag into skillet; cook stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove from heat.  Add lime juice.

Evenly top lettuce leaves with chicken mixture, avocado and salsa.
Garnish with lime wedges if desired.

*Recipe taken from the 21 Day Fix Extreme
Containers:  2 Green, 1/2 purple, 1 red, 1/2 blue

A light-hearted holiday

We all have that nightmare trip, you know the one that tests your patience to the extreme? Well I’ve actually grown used to these experiences. From showing up at the airport on the wrong day, showing up at the airport with my son’s expired passport, luggage lost for literally months, changing baby blowouts all over the seat tray, etc. etc. I’ve gotten accustomed to having a “good story” to tell once we get to our destination.  But this one tops them all.

Rather calm because he was sick, the first 3 hours of the flight weren’t too bad. My one year old was calm and content just being held and not being bothered by his older brother. But eventually he had enough and needed to move around. Quickly came the first poo, and then the second. And that’s when I realized this wasn’t going to be pretty. His stomach was upset and I just had a feeling. That mother instinct feeling that said – be ready for what’s coming. Well you can be ready all you want, I had gathered extra paper towels and I had the paper barf bag out. But honestly, he’s only one year old. Was I really thinking I’d be able to catch it in a bag? This was definitely wishful thinking. We’ve all heard people giving their own travel advice say, “Pack extra clothes .. Not just for the kids but for everyone. Have them in your carryon … Just in case.”

I actually didn’t even realize when it was happening. He was snuggled against my shoulder, so I just thought he was coughing against my chest. Well the man behind me quickly made me aware this was not the case as baby puke was sliding down my hair, my back, between the seats, and onto his bag and feet! Since this all happened during our descent, the flight attendants couldn’t answer the call button, so no trash bags or paper towels were coming until everyone got off the plane.

I’m telling you this story, yes, so you can laugh along with me.  But also because we always need a reminder, especially during the holidays, to just relax and take things a little lighter.

The holidays can be so full of events and people pulling us in different directions, that we forget to stop and enjoy them. To the man behind me on the airplane, I’m truly sorry. I really hope the vomit didn’t seep into your lap top bag and ruin your computer. But seriously, did you have to be so mad? To those diligently working on losing their weight, try as best you can this week but don’t beat yourself up if the week full of parties compromises your spot on nutrition. And to everyone, I’d like to wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday week.


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