Every year we head down south to Florida over the holidays to spend time with family. Now that we have a 15-month old girl (Vienna) it requires a little more organization and a lot more luggage than when it was just Walker and I. Before Vienna we could pack the night before, toss a few things into a carry-on and away we go!
With a little extra baggage, one thing still remains the same when we travel – my health habits travel with me!
My health supplements travel with me.
If you’ve read my post about what supplements I’m currently taking you likely already know that wherever I go, my health supplements come with me. The same goes for Vienna. I bring her Vitamin D and probiotics with us. It is just as important for children (and babies) to take vitamin D as it is for adults. Vitamin D is essential for the immune system and bone health. You can read more about dosage amounts on Health Canada’s website because formula fed vs breastfed will have different guidelines.
As for probiotics, these are important for a healthy digestive system which had a direct impact on the immune system and skin health. When Vienna was a baby I just mixed it with a touch of water or my breastmilk and gave it to her on a spoon. Now I mix it into whatever she’s eating and she doesn’t mind one bit.
Healthy snacks are always with me.
We’ve travelled with Vienna about 8 times already so I’ve become a seasoned flyer with a baby. I’ve had a few mistakes along the way. One thing I’ve learned is to be prepared with snacks and food – have more than you think you’ll need. One flight home from Austria I ran out of Love Child’s Super Blends (Vienna’s fave) and had a hungry and cranky baby on a long flight – I believe the word for this is “HANGRY”. I always make sure I have enough healthy snacks for her and here’s what she’s loving these days.
And the same goes for Walker and I – I bring healthy snacks for us too.
The other thing I do is I research the area we are travelling to and make sure there’s a health food store I can visit to stock up on her favourites. Even better if your travel destination has a kitchen! On a recent trip to Vancouver, we rented an Air BnB and it was the best decision ever. We had a full kitchen and two bedrooms. It was cheaper than a hotel and way better because it meant we didn’t have to go to bed at 7pm!
I still exercise when I’m traveling.
Depending where we are travelling to, more often than not it means we don’t have a car so we do a lot of walking. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and there are days we’ve walked 10kms or more! If I’m not walking a lot, I do other things. I have a super light-weight yoga mat I travel with and then I can just do yoga in our hotel room. I don’t have time to do a yoga class at a studio because my travel is usually business related. However, I bring my laptop with me and do a class on Yogaglo.com.
The key to maintaining your health habits while travelling whether that be taking your supplements, eating well or exercising, is to be open to change. If you love the gym and your hotel doesn’t have one that’s a perfect opportunity to put on your sneakers and go for a powerwalk. Don’t let change get in the way of sticking to what makes you feel your best.
Happy Holidays and safe travels!
Joy McCarthy is the Founder of Joyous Health, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and best-selling author. A trusted nutrition expert, Joy has been featured in hundreds of publications both online and in print; and is a regular health expert on TV. Through her innate drive to inspire others, Joy has created numerous online programs and eBooks under JOYOUS U and is a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna.