It’s been a challenge for me and Spunkette for a number of years now, to travel light, and I don’t mean how much she packs in to her suitcase.
We travel around 200 days a year, across many different locations, so to maintain as healthy a lifestyle as possible, we need to adapt.
Jet lag is not an option, nor is poor nutrition. This isn’t your 2 week splurge in Bali or Ibiza (nothing wrong with this – we do it too), but when two weeks becomes 30+ weeks, then that’s not an option if you wish to be the best you can be.
So where to begin (and if you ever see me on a plane, you will know that I am still in training for some of these things).
Before the trip – fast!
Even if for 2 days, as it prepares the body for the onslaught to come, strengthens the immune system, regulates key hormones, and and and. After the fast, ensure you add in the best detox nutrients, and immune boosters. I chose mine wisely from www.BeNaturallyyou.com so that the body is fully prepared for what is to come. I love to take some of these on board too, COSEVA advanced TRS, Rad-Detox and Iodine, as well as Nature’s Silver Bullet and of course Be Spunki REBOOT.
Don’t eat the plane food
It’s likely to be processed rubbish, dressed up (although less than it was before), full of hormone disrupting chemicals and preservatives, possibly heated up in a microwave, and not in any way helpful. Avoid the nuts at all cost, and the plastic water too, because it’s tempting to eat, but not likely to be beneficial.
We take our own food on board – Be Spunki RECOVER is an ideal complete food as well as immune support rolled into one, as well as dried fruit, protein bars, and many other easily portable, nutritious foods. Hydration is key – if possible, fill up your stainless steel water bottle with filtered water just before boarding. Remember to add some quality sea salt to the water, so that it goes to where it’s required, not down the toilet every 5 minutes. We also ask for water in glass wherever possible, and don’t ever drink the water unless you see where it comes from. These preparations really help your body survive the time on-board.
Remember also to pack some Be Genki skincare (it’s travel-size friendly), as the skin really takes a beating whilst at 35,000 feet.
On arrival, get moving
It may be the last thing on your mind, but we know from experience, going for a swim (if near a suitable place in nature), a walk, or best yet, hit the gym, then the body rhythms align to the change of place, and jet lag is less likely to happen. Never be tempted to sleep, unless you arrive late at night, as that nap will really hinder you getting onto the right time zone in a big way.
Maintain ‘me’ time
We have been in hotels with awesome gyms, but more often than not, the hotel gyms leave a lot to be desired. Of course, you may also be time poor, so do your best to grab at least 30 minutes for yourself to move the body. Whether it’s a bedroom circuit (if you get my drift) for HIIT aerobics, press-ups / plank / wall squats, or a full blown gym session, there really is no excuse not to keep up the good work. I can only say from personal experience, when I manage this, my day goes a lot better.
Avoid hotel breakfast buffets
This is my weakness, as something in me presses the survival mode, combined with “it’s free”, and many a time do I eat a week’s worth of calories in one sitting. With the support of Spunkette, I am improving, but when you think about it, is something “free” likely to be the best quality? Are the ingredients likely to be organic? And what about the impact for the rest of the stay?
How is Spunkette helping me? If we feel like breakfast, she mixes up some organic chia seeds, with a spoonful of Be Spunki RECOVER, water / watermelon juice, so I get what I require to support my body to continue to detox from the travel, whilst supporting the vital functions, taking in quality protein, all whilst optimising male hormone levels. It certainly is tasty enough to keep me away from the buffet.
Take some time out to smell the roses
We all can say we are busy, but at some point in the stay, get outside. Find some grass / beach / nature, and go for a swim / walk / barefoot on the earth. Nothing helps you connect to the correct time zone like a walk in the sun, barefoot, or a swim in the ocean.
Whenever we return from a trip (be that a day in Sydney, or a month on the road), the first thing we do is kick off the shoes, go to the beach, take a walk, bathe away any stress in the sea, and gaze into the setting sun. It works for us, so maybe give at least some of this a go.
Let go of any judgment
Finally, perhaps one of the most important things – if you mess up (and I sure do), by falling for the free booze on the flight – please don’t judge yourself, as that stress only makes things worse. Grab a spoonful of Be Spunki RECOVER, with water, to help move the toxins through the body, and learn by your error. It’s sometimes hard to resist a nice glass of wine, or champagne, so don’t beat yourself up over it.
Book in for a colonic
Not for the faint hearted, but definitely one that will help – get a colonic before and after your trip. Colonics are a great way to hydrate before and after a flight, as well as removing the toxins that accumulate during a trip. It’s always funny to see people’s reactions to this topic (a separate blog post coming soon), but I can assure you with an old English phrase “one up the bum, no harm done!”
Life is for living, and how we live it is our choice. Travel for many is a way of life, hotel rooms more familiar than home. So how you thrive in this time will support how far along the way you are on the way to being the best you can be.
These are just a few of the things I have found helpful whilst on my travels – so if you are looking for an extra spring in your step, why not give some or all of them a try and see how it feels for you.
Shaun, co-founder of Be Spunki