The sixth issue of the Expatriates magazine is now out. I have the pleasure of being a contributing writer and their nutrition in Paris expert; and I’m sharing my latest article with you here:
Early one morning, around 10 years ago, I found myself lugging my backpack through a small town in north-east Italy, tired, hungry, and in an awfully grey mood. I’d only been in Italy a few days, but after multiple meals of hand rolled pasta, delicate risotto, full bodied wine and creamy gelato, my body was completely worn out from the onslaughtof refined carbs, sugar and a serious lack of all those nutrient dense foods that usually bring so much energy.
Being a nutrition lecturer and practitioner I was growing more and more frustrated with myself; I should know better than this! Then one day I had one of those cartoon-like light bulb moments when something incredibly important hits you right between the eyes. Like so many of my clients, I had two competing passions. One was a deep desire to experience all the amazing foods and flavours of the world; and the other, to take really good care of my body, my health and – dare I say, my mind. I had to find a way to unite the two, even while on holiday.
This moment of insight led me to ultimately develop a number of strategies that allow my clients and I to travel with a wonderful sense of culinary freedom that won’t compromise our health.
The key is to identify one or two essential daily healthy habits that keep your energy batteries charged and allow you to experience the local food and lifestyle without going overboard. Here are two of my essential travel habits that make the biggest positive impact:
Finding those essential habits that keep your body functioning at its peak while away is really a personal thing you’ll need to experiment with. But go easy on yourself. Remember travel is a time to relax, let loose a little and have fun, not to impose outrageous and restrictive rules on yourself (that goes for life in general!).
With time and persistence, you will find the perfect balance of strategies that’ll keep you feeling fabulous while enriching your travel experience at the same time.
Do you have any little strategies that help to keep you healthy while away? Share them in the comments below.
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