Managing Health And Wellness When Traveling by Lawson Aschenbach

To travel, or not to travel. That is the dilemma! 

Do you find yourself traveling from city to city, week in and week out? 

If you said yes, I know how you feel. Life on the road can wreak havoc on your body and mind.

I’ve spoken to countless chronically ill people who spend seemingly endless days and nights in airplanes, trains, automobiles, and hotels. 

From severe digestive issues and low-energy levels to lack of focus, these chronic problems can destroy an individual’s ability to excel at his/her job. 

Take it from me, I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling North America. 150-200 days a year. Year in and year out. That adds up to years spent away from a structure, healthy living, friends, and, most importantly, family. 

You can imagine that this is NOT the type of lifestyle for a Professional Racecar Driver managing Crohn’s disease. But I’ve been fortunate to overcome and excel. 

In the end, you have to accept that the majority of the traveling lifestyle is fixed. You can’t change a hotel room or an airplane. It is what it is! 

However, you can make slight adjustments, here and there, to help increase your health and wellness on the road. 

Understand Your Issues

But before I get into helpful suggestions, you need to understand your issues. 

Do you have digestive distress? Lack of energy? Food intolerances? What else? Anything?

Develop a list of your known problems and meet with a functional medicine practitioner to create a plan for recovery and a return to well-being. This protocol can be life-changing.

Suggestions

Once you have a plan in place, you can now work with these suggestions: 

1) Compliance

This can be a significant problem for many people as they get swept up in the hustle of the day. It is far too easy to miss essential supplements and stray away from dietary rules. 

However, there are a few items you can purchase to help you stick to your protocol:

  • Blender Bottle – This is the perfect mixer for morning shakes. Add some bottled water and your powders, and you’re good to go!
  • GoStack – These vessels are the absolute best way to carry pre-measured powders.
  • Zwish Pill Container – These pill containers are incredibly durable and stackable for your itemized supplements. 
  • Mack’s Ear Plugs – These putty-like earplugs are moldable to drown out noise during sleep. If my experience is any guide, they will save you from nighttime disturbances countless times a year. 
  • Duct Tape – You have NO IDEA how much duct tape I’ve used in hotel rooms to cover lights and support shades that don’t work very well. Duct tape is a savior! 
  • Metagenics Gluten Digest – These can be a lifesaver if you are sticking to a gluten-free diet, as it is very easy for food to get contaminated or for accidental ingestion.

2) Powders

Powders are extremely convenient when you are traveling the country or the world. You can find plenty of items in powder form, including coconut milk, which I add to my morning coffee or tea.

3) Caffeine

I recommend bringing your favorite Kcups and/or tea with you on the road. That way you can stick to commonality for your body. Although trying new cafes is fun, it can lead to digestive distress due to different bacteria from the water or the coffee/tea itself. 

If you are a real coffee fanatic, feel free to bring your own grounds and a travel French press. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite cup of Joe! 

4) Restaurants

Sometimes you don’t get the chance to choose your meal destination, so you need to be prepared. If you find yourself heading to a new place, look at the menu online first to understand your options. 

If you don’t see something that works, then don’t be afraid to mention that you have dietary restrictions. These days, most servers and restaurants are capable and understanding of your request. 

5) Bland & Cooked Foods

If you are under a lot of stress, burning the candle at both ends, or just want to eliminate the possibility of digestive distress, stick to cooked and plain foods. An excellent example: chicken breast, rice, and sautéed broccoli. 

Although many people want the nutritional benefits of a salad, the possibility of harmful bacteria is relatively high. Why take the risk?

Summary

Your health protocol, as prescribed by a functional medicine practitioner, isn’t just for home. In reality, it’s even more important on the road and it’s easy to implement as long as you are prepared.

Listen, I know traveling is tough. But staying compliant and smart in your decision-making will be well worth it. 

Enjoy your travels!

Never give up!

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