I’m sitting in a Virgin Airplane on my way to New Zealand for a holiday. To paint the picture, Miss H is asleep leaning on my left side, Miss M is sleeping slumped across my left arm (which – yes, has gone dead), I’m balancing a leftover chicken sandwich in my left hand and typing on my iPhone with my right.
I thought what better time to draft a blog post on how to be healthy whilst travelling, or more specifically, when flying.
So how on earth do you eat well on airplanes? It will be of no surprise to you I’m sure if I say the best way to eat well is to ensure you plan ahead. Here are my simple tips…
How To Eat Healthy When Traveling by Plane
Plan flight times
I know this isn’t always achievable, but obviously certain flight times can result in impossible challenges. For example, if your flight is at 5am, you probably have little chance of eating something healthy at home before your travel.
Don’t set yourself up to fail!
Eat well before you leave
Try and get some nourishment in your body and fill up before your trip. We flew out at 11.30am, so we had a big breakfast of scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and avocado. This meant we were full for longer and not tempted to buy some rubbish err – food, from the airport cafes.
This can be tricky for obvious reasons. Pack a few snacks that can last the distance (temperature wise) and aren’t too messy (if you have little ones!). Here is what I took on the plane with us:
– Rice crackers (plain organic ones!)
– Cashew Nuts
– Homemade almond butter & cacao cookies (recipe to come on the blog!)
– Coconut bites (ok, ok – these did go a little soggy!)
Avoid plane meals and order individually (if possible and cost effective)
The plane meal always includes items you don’t need to eat, but probably will if you have it sitting in front of you. Chocolates, sugar filled crackers, mousse or ice-cream…you know the stuff.
In a former life I lapped that up and happily accepted seconds. True story.
If you have the option when booking your ticket, don’t get a meal and if you’re hungry during the flight (maybe you snacks aren’t doing the job!), order something small (see next point, as this may happen!).
This way you save money and your gut! On our trip to NZ we saved $100 by not having a meal included in the fare, then paid $25 for some light options.
Note: don’t forget the quarantine laws in different countries – don’t take your leftovers off the plane!!
Accept you may have to eat something out of the ordinary & it will be ok
Failing all that planning, just accept that things happen and the world most likely won’t end because of it. During the second leg of our flight I was really hungry, despite my best efforts! So I ordered from the menu, ate a chicken sandwich and you know what – I didn’t die.
Don’t beat yourself up over eating anything “bad”, just pick it up tomorrow!
How did the rest of the holiday go health wise? Well…there have been many slip-ups, but I will fill you in on that when we get back. Oh and give you some tips for eating well after you leave your flight!
Do you bother trying to eat well whilst on holidays or just give yourself a “leave pass”?
Any tips to share?
Welcome to…Wellness Wednesday!!!
It’s also time for another Wellness Wednesday! Every Wednesday, myself and the lovely Dr Sash over at From The Left Field open a link up and we’d love to see your wellness posts! Anything from clean eating, to fitness, to taking care of your body, taking care of your mind, taking care of the kids, whatever makes you feel good and keeps you well. Simply post your fave wellness post for the week. Sound good? Come join us! x
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