7 Tips for Healthy Global Travel

Every year thousands of Americans travel domestically and around the world for a variety of reasons – work, education, family, or vacation. Whatever the reason, extended time in airports or train stations, on the road, in hotels, and away from your kitchen and gym, provides numerous challenges to staying on track with healthy eating and physical activity. But travel doesn’t have to be a lost cause. Follow these tips and you’ll return home with the same pants size you left with.

1.Be Prepared

Always be prepared with healthy snacks on hand. Stow easy to pack snacks like nuts, trail mix, jerky, durable fruit like apples, or snack bars (try to choose options with minimal ingredients and a some fat, protein, and fiber, which will make the snack feel more filling), to have in the airport, between work meetings or sightseeing, and for late night cravings. Pack more than you think you’ll need, as healthy snacks can be hard to find in hotels and airports. If you don’t want to travel with a lot of food, look for a local grocery store near where you’re traveling. Of course, enjoy the coffee available at numerous cafes. That is worth your money.

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Should You Be Drinking Gatorade?

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 10.02.51 AMIf you played sports as a kid, you probably grew up on the delicious, refreshing beverage called Gatorade (or Powerade, although I think Gatorade is better). Originally invented at the University of Florida (Go Gators) to hydrate the football team during hot summer games, Gatorade now produces a regular and low calorie drink, “natural”versions of these beverages, as well as energy chews and nutrition bars. And their marketing has been stellar – watch any Gatorade ad and you’re pretty much convinced that you should drink this stuff because that’s what the badass athletes do (and who doesn’t want to be a badass athlete). They’re all about that inspiring stuff like hard work and determination. Well, at least most kids probably think that. As adults, we’re just trained to crave it. If I go running in sub 75 degree weather for longer than 30 minutes, I come back craving a blue Gatorade (because maybe the flavor is inspired by some kind of fruit, but in all likelihood it contains no part of said fruit, and we just know it by the color anyway. Yellow is a close second for me). Of course, Gatorade has also gotten some negative press surrounding their use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – which they’ve since discontinued using – because it had been patented as a flame retardant and is banned in Japan and the European Union.  But, is it OK to drink or should you avoid it? Continue reading Should You Be Drinking Gatorade?

The Importance of Breakfast

Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Last week I published a post on intermittent fasting. This is another perspective (and, spoiler alert, the one I put more faith in).

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photo 1Every body needs a certain amount of fuel to perform the most basic functions, like breathing, circulating blood and oxygen through the body, adjusting hormone levels, and growing or repairing cells. The more you ask of your body (as in, the more exercise you do), the more fuel it needs. During sleep, your body performs all of these functions as it repairs and rejuvenates your body. And depending on when you last ate and when you wake up, you can go anywhere from 8-15 hours without eating. This leads to decreased glycogen stores and make your morning workout or routine harder. Continue reading The Importance of Breakfast