Posts tagged ‘travel’

November 20, 2013

Holiday Travel Smarts

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My nieces and nephews are always a welcomed sight, and always keep me on my toes!

‘Tis the season to travel to loved ones. It’s also historically the season that leaves us prone to germs, fatigue, weight gain, and illness.

Do you know what nature’s antibiotic is? Oregano Oil!

The research is in: those who enjoy the Mediterranean diet live longer, healthier lives. A recent study found that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, cancer…even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Nature has a phenomenal way of producing natural food sources imperative to maintaining health and vitality.

And since I cannot pick up and move to Greece for close access to these beneficial mediterranean foods and lifestyle, I improvise and partner with quality companies who bring such healthy goodness to me. As part of the holistic lifestyle I maintain and in nutritional guidelines I follow, a product called ImmuneCleanse stays in my purse as a daily shield against unwelcome bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. (I know right, ew!) It helps alleviate pain, fight infection, and the regeneration of liver cells. I don’t leave home without it, and if you ever looked in my purse or clutch, you’d see the small bottle in there! Five drops of the potent combination of essential and beneficial oils is all you need.

Did you know that chronic inflammation is the major precursor to virtually all illnesses, including heart disease? By reducing the amount of swelling and pain associated with inflammation in your body, you nurture an environment of health, vitality, and wellness.

I discuss these and other powerful health warriors to support a life of wellness and vitality in a webinar coming soon to your computer. If you’re interested in learning more about orthomolecular nutrition and why I have partnered with LectroLife Technologies to nourish my cells and support my holistic lifestyle, message me at: lectrofit@gmail.com or through the Healthy Housewives website.

ImageIn the mean time, here are some of my favorite travel tips to help you stay well this holiday season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly friends and healthy people are the jolliest people.

1. Pack a snack bag: I enjoy convenient, nourishing bars for quick fuel, Spark drink packets, almonds, and a separate trail blend (pistachios, sunflower seeds, cranberries, almonds, and cashews.) Don’t fall prey to the carb-heavy, fat-laden options most available in airports and during flights.

2. DAILY activity. Yes you can! Most of us don’t work out as aggressively as needed to justify a “day off.” With so many activity options, there’s something for every body and every day! If I have a particularly aggressive workout one day, I’ll choose to perfect my Yoga skills the next day, then maybe a long, mind-clearing run the following day. So many factors dictate how I can move my body on a given day, but the important thing is to move. your. body. for at least 30 minutes a day.

3. Watch the booze! Expect to lose water with every alcoholic beverage you consume. Further, expect to consume excess salt and sugar, as you dehydrate yourself. I’m not saying, don’t drink, but I am saying, be smart! I’m also reminding you to chug-a-lug water. One glass per alcoholic beverage during the event and one full glass before bedtime. (If you have a small bladder, make your full glass of water the last thing you consume one hour prior to bedtime, so you have time for it to “run its course.”

4. Hydrate often! Travel sucks the water out of you, so its even more important to drink lots of water while on the road or in the air. I travel with one empty water bottle and one full one, so I can refill on demand. If I am flying, I empty both before security and refill afterward. I also have a ‘shaker’ for my Spark drink when needed. During the flight, I only order water. It just doesn’t make sense to me to order a sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverage when I know I’ll be sitting for a while.

5. Protein for breakfast–always! My go-to food is the good old fashioned egg. If you’re Vegan, I hear steel cut oats with nuts and berries in it is the way to go. Starting your day off with quality protein helps you out in several ways: boosts your metabolism, satisfies you for longer, and gives you sustained energy to tackle the day. In my experience, if I start my day with a protein-rich breakfast, I make better food choices the rest of the day.

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You don’t have to feel stressed, overworked, and tired over the holidays. This is the season of blessings and joy! Would you like to experience the holidays as you were meant to experience them–with a body full of energy and celebration? Join me as I discuss a collection of research data and experience of over 30 years in the health and wellness industry.

Be well, friends and have a blessed, healthy holiday.  —Lacey

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August 28, 2013

Healthy Traveling in a Zip (Lock)

As I travel around, eating healthfully and making good choices gets challenging at times. I have several travel buddies that make it easier. Check’em out:

1. Almonds: protein, good fats, convenient, no smell (for close quarters like airplanes). Also, you can add them to cups of oatmeal, yogurt, even an ice cream and/or frozen yogurt treat to offset the sugar a bit.

2. Freeze-dried Fruit: anti-oxidants, sweetness, vitamin C, adds flavor to oats, hot water/tea, mix with nuts for quick, pre-workout fuel

3. Chia Seed: Excellent for added crunchiness and fiber! It has no taste, so add to anything from chicken soup to eggs.

4. Oats/Steel Cut Oats: Great on-the-goal fuel. You can go to any restaurant vendor/coffee shop and ask for a cup of hot water. I haven’t been turned away yet. Put some of your cashews and dried cranberries inside for more vitamin punch.

5. Teavana Tea Bags: Soothing for the traveler’s soul. Calm anxiety or nervousness over potentially-delayed flights or long security lines with a cup of hot tea. Also, sip on a cup of tea to avoid excessive snacking on flights.

When traveling for more than three days at a time, I pack a baggy with the following: plastic spoon, fork, and knife; Stevia in the raw packets; Lavender essential oil (small tube); 100% lemon juice packets. Why?

I like to be prepared with my own utensils. Once, I settled into my seat with my freshly-made cup of steel cut oats, with crushed cashews and a sprinkle of stevia only to find myself without a spoon, or any access to a spoon. I won’t do that twice. If you want something sweet, there are way too many temptations around airports, so why not sprinkle some Stevia or dried fruit in something that needs a little bit of sweetness? I love the smell of Lavender and a little dollop comes in handy after a full day of traveling, or several hours in an airport. A few deep breaths, and I’m a new person. A drop goes a long way, which is why only packing a small tube is necessary. Finally, I’m confident that warm, lemon water will cure any digestive issue you encounter during travel.

A bonus beauty tip: I pack a separate baggie of emergency tools in my carryon with the following: blotting papers (let your personality shine; not your face–men and women!); three travel envelope-sized toothpaste for emergencies (chewing gum in public, especially within close quarters isn’t attractive); travel packets of sea salt (for food and lavender foot soaks in your hotel room). Sometimes I’ll pack anti-bacterial lotion (you can find these in travel sized envelopes too) as a refresher, if needed. Traveling dries your skin out!

Favorite Lunch/Dinner Tip:

Choose a restaurant that has spinach on the menu and order a large spinach (only) salad. Pull out your almonds, dried fruit, and chia seed and sprinkle each on your plate of spinach for a nourishing meal. If you choose to, order a chicken breast or fish filet to add into your salad, but go easy on the sauces.

If you ever see me in an airport or on your flight, you know what I’ll have with me! I’ll have extras to share too. Happy traveling! –Lacey

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April 21, 2013

An App a Day…

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What do they say? “An App a day keeps the doctor away?” Maybe not just like that, but with the myriad of technology tools available for fitness-minded people, it’s a wonder weren’t not the leanest, fittest country on the planet.  Sadly, we’re closer to the fattest and most-unhealthy in terms of nourishment and activity level. Some Americans feel that you have to pick a side–fitness-focused with a strict diet or simply unhealthy. It’s possible to create a fit and fun lifestyle tailored toward your personal preferences and needs. All it takes is some creativity and some “App”lication. There’s an App that will count calories for you, act as a personal trainer, do both, or show you the closest trails, gyms, and food resources to fit your lifestyle. 

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My new favorite is an App that will inform you of substitutions for favorite recipes! Did you know you can use almond flour is you want to try gluten-free cookies? Arrowroot is an excellent fill-in for corn starch! If a recipe calls for breadcrumbs, opt for grinding oats in a food processor or chia seed/flax seed in a coffee grinder. You can actually make brownies using puréed black beans! It’s an amazing App for my picky-eating family too. Someone can’t stand onions, break out the garlic, leeks, and/or celery. 

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As a holistic nutrition student who opts for the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle from time to time, another favorite App is Filibaba Meals. The built-in timer is a nice addition to a wide variety of mouth-watering, animal-void recipes. To confuse everyone around me, I follow more of a “flexatarian nourishment plan” meaning that although I have my personal beliefs about food sources, I try to remain flexible so not to set off an anxiety attack in myself and/or my family members and friends. 
As a travelista (logging around three to five flights monthly), I’m stuck resorting to almonds and herbal tea (no cream or sugar) most trips, as some regions, towns, business associates still only offer standard American diet basics. No harm, no foul–we all move at our own pace, and I’ve always felt that the person/party with the pickiest preferences should bring their own provisions.  It doesn’t seem right to be frustrated when a location doesn’t have my personal preferences available. After all… I’m the guest. That’s why you’ll always find a baggie (or two) of almonds and/or cashews in my travel bag. 
However, no matter your location, use the App, Restaurant Finder to locate food options around you, save favorite restaurants at specific locations, and read/write reviews for restaurants, so fellow travelers can get their diet needs met too. (By the way, check out HMSHost’s new App that allows you to order food from airport restaurants and have it delievered to your gate. brilliance! Now deliver my TSA-approved favorite hairspray, hair cream, and perfume to my gate and I am set!)
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Sort of like how Google makes us all smarter, the growing number of fitness and nutrition-related Apps available allow us to remain proactive in our health and wellness journey. Since none of us have extra time to research best food options or find creative ways to get a workout in, let technology work for us. Plus, this makes me feel better after I gave technology so much grief for keeping my clients glued to either their television sets, iPads, or iPhones too long, thus stealing precious time away from their day–time they could use to workout, prepare wholesome meals, or visit in person with family and friends for some positive affirmation time. 
 
The next time you click on the App store from your smart phone or find yourself perusing iTunes to update your workout music mix, consider searching fitness and nutrition apps. Lets make technology and our smart phones, pads, and computers work for our health and wellness goals, so we can free up the time spent in doctor’s office waiting rooms. 
 
Some personal favorite Apps:
Fitocracy (compete in fitness quests with other challengers)
GymPact (if you enjoy a little gambling and competition) 
Runkeeper (every traveling runner’s best friend) 
Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen (For when the sweet tooth strikes and won’t back down.) 
Eat Right for your Blood Type (food suggestions based on your blood type) 
Whole Foods Market Recipes (obvious) 
 
After you choose one or two favorites, check-in with your App daily for optimal results. The last thing you need is more dead weight–on your body and in your App library.  In health–Lacey 
 
February 4, 2013

Time away….how to handle anxiety over a childless vacation….

I don’t know about you, but my husband and i have not traveled much without our children. Last year was the first time for both of us to be away from them at the same time. Yes, I travel for work, but I don’t blink an eye, because they are safely at home with my husband, their daddy. And last year, when we went to the Bahamas for 3 days, I was anxious at the though of leaving them. I of course managed to get over it as I sat beside the crystal blue water and clean white sand and was able to enjoy some much needed alone time with my spouse. But this year, actually in just a few days, I will be traveling to Argentina and Uraguay for 8 days. 8 days!!!! And 8 days with limited phone access due to the cost of international calls. And, to top it all off, my daughter’s 7th birthday is while we are away. Talk about major mom guilt! So what is a mom to do. I firmly believe that as a parent you should not lose your identity simply because you have children. Yes I love my children, and they are a top priority, but especially when you are married, you have to have some quality alone time to continue to build and nurture that relationship. 

So, how does a mom deal with anxiety over leaving their children for a much needed vacation? Here are a few tips that should help.

  1. leave your children with someone you trust without question. I know that seems like a given, but the last thing you need to worry about is the well being of your kids. 
  2. write out notes for every day that you are gone for their lunch boxes. Just a little reminder that mommy loves them. 
  3. use face time or skype to your advantage..instead of just calling the kids to check in, get in a video chat for a few minutes so you can hear about their day
  4. don’t spend your whole vacation talking about the kids…use the time away to renergize your marriage
  5. Choose a special and meaningful souvenir to bring home as a surprise. 
  6. remember that this only one week out of their entire lives. You get to be their mommy forever. 

 

I know its tough…when we become a mom we always want to put ourselves last and our families first. But you can’t…you are important, and if you are in a relationship, your relationship is important. You are modeling for your children, hopefully, what a healthy, loving  relationship looks like, which in turn will set them up for healthy relationships when they get older. 

 

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