Staying healthy on the road really is dependent on the general care you take of yourself all year long, and health really does begin at home
I have this theory that your health can handle anything (well almost anything) for a short time if you are in good general health. Consequently your body can handle the stress that happens on road trips if it’s been nurtured during the rest of the year.
Let’s face it. Travel is taxing to the body’s system. Overcoming fatigue, different water, strange food and all kinds of other stresses you are potentially presented with, can be a real challenge and we’ll be tackling some of those issues in future blogs.
For now, let’s focus on preventative planning!
As a disclaimer, this advice is, of course, not meant to take the place of your doctor’s recommendations.
Let’s compare general health to a table. Health is the table top and it is supported by 4 legs:
1st Leg: Food choices
2nd Leg: Exercise
3rd Leg: Supplements
4th Leg: Attitude and Mindset
Here’s where Eddie and I have landed with our opinions about nutrition:
Isaiah 1:18 in Scripture says, ‘Come, let us reason together….”. I realize that there are many interpretations of this passage, but for us it means that God has blessed us with common sense and we are expected to use it.
Common sense says that foods that come from the earth naturally are created for our good, have value and should not be used disproportionately. I once read online that eating 13 bananas a day would solve more than 15 different health problems – including allergic reactions to mosquito bites! Seriously? Is that common sense?
Coming up with an individual food pyramid for yourself takes a little doing. It takes being in touch with your sensitivities, likes, dislikes and knowing a little about how different foods can affect your health issues.
We believe in balance and moderation with all food groups. Here’s our plan:
*Vegetables: These take up the largest space on the plate 2 of our 3 meals each day. We aim for 3-4 veggie servings per day. We work at ‘eating the rainbow’ and have each day of the week assigned a different vegetable color. Having purple vegetables on Thursdays, for example, has forced us to explore options that we’re not used to eating and to try new cooking techniques. Yes, flops have happened, but we’re discovering a whole new approach to the world of vegetables! Remember to pick organic and non-GMO options.
*Fruits: Also on the ‘daily color wheel’, we aim for 2 small servings each day. Again, pick organics and non-GMO fruits and eat the whole fruit – don’t just drink the juice.
*Proteins: These are SO important for the repairing and building of body tissues as well as the production of hormones and enzymes. We aim for 2 servings per day – 1 animal source and 1 plant source. (No more than 1 serving of beef and 1 serving of pork per week, however). Vegetarians and Vegans obviously don’t use the animal source option.
*Whole Grains: Boy is the Carb Controversy a big one – and it should be! What manufacturers have done with grains and gluten is not only devastating for our health but violates our common sense! We try and stick to 1 serving of carbs each day and are careful to use only whole grain, intact varieties of carbs. For those who are ‘gluten-free’, remember that carbs are our primary source of energy and digestion and they regulate fats and proteins, so your personal nutrition plans need to compensate.
*Dairy: These are good sources of calcium, protein and B vitamins, but we limit ourselves to 1 small dairy serving per day. We have cut out cow’s milk in favor of almond milk, and usually pick quality (never processed) cheese or Icelandic / Greek yogurt.
*Fats: With too many benefits to list, fat is essential for good health. Women need about 50 grams per day and men need around 80 grams per day. Pick good sources of fat including olive oil, avocados, nuts, real butter (be careful with butter), dark chocolate etc. Go easy, though….
*Misc info: We also try and stick to these limits:
-Sodium: around 1,500 mg or less per day
-Sugar: 25 grams or less per day
-One (within reason) ‘don’t worry about it today’ day off per week
-Water (min of 40-60 oz per day)
My daily 15-20 min choices include a quick bike ride, yoga or bone strengthening videos (for bad weather mornings), and a self-designed workout. In addition, my other times of exercise involve things I really enjoy doing.
Here’s the minimum you should have in your daily routine:
-Cell Essentials (or a great quality multi vitamin). Not all vitamins are created equal, and most just pass right on through you, so therefore be careful!
-Omega 3 Fatty Acids / Fish oil
Beyond that, a supplement regime is highly personalized.
After a considerable amount research, Eddie & I have selected the USANA brand for all our supplements. You can learn about this company, ask any questions from our rep, Tara or place an order here: USANA .
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