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How to Eat Right When Traveling

Do you want to eat right all the time?

Many people say they want to maintain a healthy lifestyle but do not plan ahead for business trips or vacations. You can eat right when traveling by making healthy meals with the food you normally eat at home the night before you travel.

eat rightWhen I know I have to go on the road and be away from my kitchen, I make my healthy fruit smoothie the night before. There is enough time when you are walking through the TSA security lines at the airport to drink an organic fruit smoothie for your breakfast.

I use Organic Caldera Greens and add some fruits that are in season like: apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, kiwi, mango, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, oranges, and raspberries.

over weight maleIt only takes me a total of one hour from start to finish including the clean up afterwards to prepare all the food I will eat for one day. Most all of the food I eat has no nutrition label. You can also eat this way when you buy foods as grown.

Lifestyle medicine teaches principles about how to live a long healthy life and thereby eliminate the need to diet. When you learn these principles, your life changes and you will never again be on a diet roller coaster that never works.

Ever since I came home from serving in the US Air Force in Germany, I have had either a job or a business that required travel. For many years I ate what is known as the Standard American Diet. I was 75 pounds or 35 kilograms heavier back in 2000.

My blood pressure was much higher then than it is now. My diet slowly shifted from eating mostly animal products to a diet that is almost all plant based now. The weight dropped off in just a few months with some moderate exercise and I only drink pure water. Not only did my physical health get better but all other areas of my life improved. Since 2000, I have weighed the same as I did when I was a senior in high school by gradually learning how to eat right.

eat right breakfastTo maintain my weight at what is known as your ideal weight, I just prepare meals ahead of time when I have to travel. The picture is a photo I took while flying on the early plane to Los Angeles. Because you cannot take fluids in your carry on bag, I drink the tropical fruit smoothie early.

Once the airplane reaches cruising altitude and we are allowed to get up, I grab my carry on bag and get my healthy breakfast out. I always carry a half cup of organic steel cut oats in my carry on in a plastic container. Just add the oats and same amount of pure water in a container, stir and they will be just the right consistency the next morning. You do not have to cook them and you get all of the nutrients by eating these oats raw. Don’t forget your spoon. I also enjoy having decaf green tea with ginger.

waterIn my small checked bag, I put 2 quarts of pure water that I make with my distilled water machine. I live in an area where there is good quality water but I still prefer removing the chemicals that the city puts in and just add a half teaspoon of himalayan pink sea salt to my gallon container and that gives my water the electrolytes that my body will need.

We all need to drink one half of our ideal body weight in fluid ounces of pure water every day. Coffee, sodas and tea do not count as they are diuretics.

healthy dinnerFor my evening meal, I had prepared and sliced up some raw organic vegetables for the flight home or if I need to stay overnight in a city. That way I can keep eating the food that I trust even while on the road.

If you are traveling for a long period of time, ask someone where is a good reliable source of organic fruits and vegetables. You can also put a small chopping board with a kitchen knife in your checked luggage and that way you can continue eating healthy while on vacation or an extended business trip. I even have a small blender machine that I take with me to the east coast so I do not have to take the main food processor I have for day to day use at home to eat right.

Will publish more Lifestyle Medicine posts in the near future that help us eat right. Once these principles become a part of you, you will be in charge of what you put in your mouth. Your health will improve.

Let me know your ideas on how you eat right while traveling for business or vacation! I enjoy interacting with all of you!

3 John 2

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

John 10:10

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Daniel Parsons

Skype: missionarydanielparsons




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  • Daniel Parsons

    Share your ideas about eating right while on the road. Do you have a favorite place to get fresh plant based foods in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver or any other city ?

  • Thank you for sharing the healthy tips. These healthy tips we follow in our daily lifestyle.

  • I would like to add one thing which from my personal experience is important. Never make sandwiches with cheese which are not going to be eaten in first 12 hours of your trip.

    • Great tip Joan ! I ate cheese for many years & it can spoil quickly. Learned how to make cheese out of cashews a few years ago. Will be putting a new page up on my site with plant based alternatives & vegetarian & vegan recipes soon.

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