Traveling is Exciting, Exotic, and Exhausting!
Here are some Earthly Tips on how to keep up on your toes with your Earthly & Raw Food Lifestyle and how to avoid the symptoms of Jet Lag!
Traveling long distance via long airplane is really, really hard on the body! There is no doubt about this. So, how can one get ready for an extensively long trip? A long airplane trip will involve hours and hours of sitting, of waiting, breathing in static air, sleeplessness, exposure to micro-toxins, germs, and then topping it all off with the exhausting time-zone changes! Unnerving, huh?! All of these factors, are so unnatural to our bodies, and this exposure can create a huge imbalance to the harmony of the mind and body relationship. So, is suffering through this so-called “jet lag”, unavoidable?
Traveling by airplane causes many of these uncomfortable symptoms, as we noted, because it changes the natural rhythms for sleeping (circadian cycles), eating, and hormone regulation. Not only is it exhausting, it is also dehydrates the body, and worsens symptoms such as nausea, motion sickness, constipation, headaches, and mild depression. Hydration is very important!
How long does it really take to heal and recover? Well, I am not sure if I can answer those questions right now. But, I do know that I can share with you, what I have done to prepare and prevent some of theses symptoms.
As I prepare for my travels, I have decided to clean and detox my body as best as I can. I will share with you some of the Earthly Lifestyle tools, that can easily be integrated within about 24-48 hours, before your airplane departure. Here are few quick tips that you can do now to get started for your trip:Request a Raw Food Vegan meal for your flight; to my pleasant surprise, I learned that now a days may airlines offer a Raw Food Vegan option for the overnight meal, and prepare your own dehydrated foods, fruits, and nuts, and don’t forget to throw in a couple of raw Lara Bars or raw food nut bars from your health food store!
Here is my initial outline focused on preparing for a Jet-Lag Reduction Detox, through air and space:
PART I: How to prepare to Travel Raw
1) Beginning the day before, I choose to eat my last meal as a “late lunch”. Around 3pm, I ate with friends at a vegan restaurant and my last meal was about 80% raw, which also included a green juice (kale, spinach, pineapple, pear, parsley, and lime juice!). This light fasting helped give my body time to effectively digest my food and also prepare my mind and body to go on a low food intake mode. I don’t want to risk being tempted by those processed and unhealthy airport foods. So, beginning a day early was helpful to build and create resiliency for the long journey ahead. I will continue to choose liquids over solid foods, while traveling, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
2) During that same evening, I brewed a strong and fragrant cup of Citrus Blend Rooibos tea (by Townsend Teas) along with my additional detox herbal blend (nettle, licorice, and green tea leaves ). I also took a few New Chapter probiotics along with my regular Multiply Digestive Enzymes. I drank plenty of water.
My focus is still on a short 24-48 hour juice and smoothie fast, so that I am continuously focusing on preparing my body for my upcoming travel marathon.
3) I started the morning of departure with hot water, lemon, and grated ginger. After 20 minutes, I drank another full cup of warm Citrus Blend Rooibos tea, and then prepared a green juice. My green juice consisted of what I had readily available: fennel, green collard leaves, basil leaves, cilantro, ginger, and apple. Following my green juice, I also ramped up on my probiotics and multiple digestive enzymes, and of course drank plenty of water. Later that day, I made a probiotic green mango smoothie (This smoothie rawked, consisting of green mango, banana, homemade probiotic almond mylk, hemp power, and water!). Okay almost ready! 🙂
Do you have any tips that you wish to share on Traveling Raw?