Have you ever been traveling and the first couple days of the trip you can’t poop? Welp, that’s me to a T and I know that other people experience this as well. The last time I went to Thailand I couldn’t go for the first 2 days and from then on my poops were inconsistent or I was constipated! No one wants to travel with a big ball of old food in their stomach that makes you feel heavy and pissed off! Too much info?
The reason we struggle with this is because there is too much movement. There is so much air and space element in our body when we move in a car or a plane that it dries us up, therefore causing constipation, gas, bloating, dry skin, fatigue, and anxiety. We are disturbing our vata dosha, which governs all the movement in our body. Vata’s qualities are light, dry, mobile and subtle. In order to balance all that movement we can do things to bring our vata down during travel.
Don’t fear! That’s why I wrote this detailed list of tips so you can travel with ease and discomfort.
1. Bring fruits, veggies and nuts if you have to snack. Avoid processed food and packaged bars. Soak your nuts if you can, they are easier to digest! Here are some easy on-the-go food items for your dosha.
- Vata– Oatmeal, all nuts and seeds, grapes, banana, melons, plums, cherries, kiwi, pears, apricot, mango, oranges, grapefruit, dates, figs and avocado. Par-cooked carrots or zucchini.
- Pitta– Small portions of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Grapes, mango, melon, plum, pomegranate seeds, apples, pears, raisins, dates, cucumber, figs, and avocado. Cauliflower, broccoli, green leafy veggies.
- Kapha– Small portions of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts. Apples, pears , figs, pomegranate seeds, persimmons and dry fruits. Par-cooked carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli.
2. Routine. When we change time zones our bodies biological clock changes and confuses us. Try to stick with a routine eating and sleeping schedule while on the go. Your body will transition better if you align yourself with the rising and setting sun. By this I mean you should try to sleep when it is bed time and arise when it is morning. Try some deep breathing in bed to help you doze off.
3. The essentials. Always have your traveling eating utensils and containers.
- Utensils. I love the To-go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set from REI.
- Mason Jars to store food and drink
- A container to keep things hot, like soups, kitchari, oatmeal and tea. I love this vacuum sealed Zojirushi Stainless Steel Thermo Food Jar, it keeps things hot up to 5 hours. Avoid the microwave at all costs.
4. Fasting is recommended one day a week in Ayurveda. A day of heavy travel could be your fasting day. It will give tremendous health benefits. Our digestive system works without any rest, day and night. A fast will give the much-needed rest to the entire digestive system to repair and heal itself. Why not choose a day when there will be yucky food choices and you will be sitting in a car or plane.
5. Prepare: If you going to a restaurant, check out the menu online to see what you will get. Research some restaurants that have healthy ingredients so you aren’t in a bind when it comes to choosing a restaurant.
- Eat local! See if there are any farmers markets around. That is a sure way to get some organic and seasonal produce.
- Go to places that are family owned. Places where you can talk to the owner and feel some love for the establishment. Choose the healthiest thing they offer and enjoy it! I like to eat mexican food, I usually get beans, rice, corn tortillas and lots of guacamole! If you’re in New Orleans, savor that gumbo! It’s not healthy to live so strictly. Ask your body what it whats and it will tell you.
6. Stay hydrated. Choose water… without ice. It’s a good idea to nourish the digestive tract while traveling with warm water or ginger tea to avoid gas, constipation, and bloated feelings.
7. Bring your own tea bags. Herbal teas that have; chamomile, cinnamon, licorice, ginger, cloves, and fennel are great ways to balance and calm the mind from travel. Vata Tea is nice as well. I always carry a ginger root around in my pocket and slice a couple of pieces off for my hot water. I love when people see me do it, because they look at me like I’m super weird!
8. Herbal Supplements
- Take Triphala every night before bed. In the morning drink a big glass of warm water to help eliminate. Most people complain of constipation while traveling. Triphala will keep things moving.
9. Make a batch of kitchari to carry with you to start off the trip. Kitchari is the ultimate cleansing dish. Kitchari is gentle on the body, we need mellow foods as the digestive system is already under stress due to all the movement.
10. Don’t eat the airplane food. All of the food on planes is dry and will increase the dryness of the colon, therefore aggravating vata even more. Bring your snacks if you must eat.
I’m traveling for the first 2 weeks in April and I will be following these rules. Hope you can too when you travel! Let me know if you notice a difference!
I’m getting ready for my cooking workshop next week! I’m SOOOOO STOKED. It’s gonna be great! What are you stoked for?
By the way… I like acro! How about you?
Acro with my friend Lacy. She leads some awesome yoga retreats!
Have a beautiful day my friends!