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On the Road Again – Healthy Travel Tips

Do you have travel plans this summer?

Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or maybe even out of the country, your usual eating and sleeping routines are disrupted making you and your family vulnerable to a variety of travel-related problems. Motion sickness, diarrhea, constipation and infections can all be caused by the change in diet, water and air in a new environment.  Some thoughtful planning and smart packing can help keep your trip happy and healthy.

Here are some ways to keep your health and longevity intact on your journey:

Flexibility

Flexibility is key to stress-free travel.  Keep in mind that travel is often unpredictable, and adopting an attitude of flexibility can help overcome the stress.  Just remember everything that happens – bad or good – is part of the adventure.  Take a few deep breaths, put the problem in perspective and you’ll be able to face the next step.

Give Yourself a Breather!

A 15-minute nap or meditation can reinvigorate you.  Try this daoin massage to hit the reset button on your energy: take one of your heels and rub it against the sole of your other foot until you feel heat in the massaged foot, then reverse the feet and repeat with your other heel.  This will stimulate blood flow into the lower extremities, and it also activates an important acupuncture point for energy and vitality.  This massage is especially great for long plane or car rides!

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol which dehydrate you.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Bring along a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits to energize you and curb your hunger.

This is a quick and easy recipe that tastes great and will give you a healthy energy boost for those long travel days.

Trail Mix

Almonds
Pecans
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Unsweetened Carob Chips
Unsweetened Shaved Coconut

You decide the amounts of each ingredient but I use
1/4 cup of each ingredient.

Mix all together, toss in a travel-safe container.

Avoid the Ailments of Travel

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than the common ailments associated with travel.  Combat motion sickness and digestive distress with Nature’s Sunshine Ginger capsules.  If you know you’re prone to motion sickness, begin the Ginger capsules a couple of days before your trip and continue throughout your travels.

Food Enzymes taken with meals help to digest food and promote proper elimination. LBS II is especially helpful for constipation and no traveler should be without it if you are prone to that problem when away from home!

Activated Charcoal is a must to have in your bag for diarrhea, food poisoning and intestinal gas.

When traveling out of the country, take Black Walnut ATC with meals to combat any parasite issues.  This taken with Enzymes (either Food Enzymes or Proactazyme) at every meal will help you avoid stomach upset.

Now just a tiny bottle of Tea Tree Oil, an antiseptic, for any wounds and you’re prepared to leave on a health-filled vacation.

To learn more and to  purchase any of the Nature’s Sunshine supplements mentioned click here.

Happy and safe travels!!

Paige

June 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm 7 comments

Coffee Alternative – Healthy Drink Recipe

Working with many nutrition clients over the years I have seen addictions to certain foods literally take over their lives. One of these addictions is to Coffee. Telling people they need to cut back or avoid this substance for health reasons sets off an intense cascade of emotions inside them. I will work with them to determine what that deep need is all about. There is a physiological component but also it’s very emotionally based. They like the warm drink in the morning (it soothes them) they of course like the taste too but it revolves around the ritual of the drink above all else.  I’ve never been a coffee drinker so I’m not attuned to the need for this substance but oddly enough I love the coffee flavor. My favorite flavor of ice cream (when I was eating sugar which was my addiction) was Coffee. And while I’m sharing I will admit to another past strange food combination I used to eat. When I was younger I used to dunk my Oreos in coffee! How’s that for confessions today? ;0)

Anyway after changing my detrimental diet ways I have now learned how to satisfy my taste buds with healthier and yes even delicious alternatives. And so can you! If you are addicted to coffee or anything else you know isn’t creating health in your body. Ahem…iodized salt, sugar, soda, etc. here is a recipe to spark your interest in trying something new that’s not only healthier for you but tasty as well. Now it does take some time to get used to “different” so don’t give up too soon. Your taste buds have been used to it one way and they need time to make the crossover. Go ahead you can do it!

Herbal Coffee or Frappuccino – Great hot or cold

2 teaspoons NSP Herbal Beverage (caffeine-free coffee substitute) Make it hot like coffee
Coconut or Almond Milk to taste
1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup or Xylitol to sweeten
1-1/2 scoops chocolate Protein Powder (I like Healthy-n-Fit) or you could use a vanilla Protein Powder and add in Organic Cocoa Powder
3-6 ice cubes if you want cold, otherwise heat on the stove
Place ingredients in the blender
Blend to make a smoothie.
Whip cream optional!! 🙂

December 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm 3 comments

A year ago on the Natural Health Answers Blog

I’ve been a missing blogger. The summer has been a busy one for me but I know I will have more time to share some great stuff with you soon. In the meantime be sure to check out some posts from a year ago that you may have missed. Back soon with posts on Children’s Herbs, Adrenal Health, and some yummy recipes!

Aromatherapy-Part I
Thinking of using essential oils in your health and healing regimen? The be sure and read this introduction to aromatherapy as it will give you guidelines on how to use it effectively and safely. Plus you will learn which two oils are essential to have on hand. Be sure and check out this post on Tea Tree OIl as well.

What Can I Eat for Breakfast?
You’ll find some new ideas for breakfast food plus you’ll find a couple of recipes that are easy and delicious.

Healthy Wishes!

August 17, 2008 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Mosaic Monday: Eat your veggies

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1. Fresh Felt Veggies, 2. Veggies, 3. Veggies for sale, 4. Veggies, 5. Eat ur veggies, 6. Whole Foods Veggies, 7. Orange Peppers, 8. veggies, 9. Fresh Veggies and Dip 

Check out this fun vegetable quiz I found here: Veggie Quiz

If you aren’t getting your 5-9 servings ( I usually recommend 9-12 servings) a day of fruits and vegetables you can supplement with Ultimate GreenZone or pH Greenzone. Just add to your morning smoothie and you will be ahead of the game.

For a delicious Kale recipe that I have on my web site click here.

Have a wonderful Monday!

May 12, 2008 at 9:16 am 1 comment

What can I eat for breakfast?

This question tops the list of questions people ask me. So many people I talk to or consult with simply don’t eat breakfast. The reasons I hear most often are because they don’t have time, aren’t hungry, or don’t know what to eat for a healthy breakfast.  Not eating breakfast can lead to many health issues down the road because balancing your blood sugar is the number one thing you can do to improve your overall health. If you are not eating breakfast or even worse eating doughnuts or sweetened cereal and coffee then your blood sugar regulation is sure to suffer. Think of breakfast as exactly what it says: break – fast as in break your fast. You haven’t eaten since dinner last night or maybe that late night snack you snuck from the fridge when everyone else was sleeping so it’s been close to twelve hours, it’s time to break the fast. Your body will thank you because you will be feeling much better throughout the day, it has been proven (many times) to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance, memory, and mood. It also helps you lose weight! The benefits are numerous so eat your breakfast!

Here are some great ideas to get you started on what to eat and how to build a healthy breakfast:

First you want to have some protein in your breakfast and I’m not talking about hormone laden, preservative filled bacon or sausage or ham! There are plenty of healthy choices when it comes to protein. Try choosing a natural no chemicals added turkey bacon or make your own turkey sausage (see recipe below). These are delicious and an excellent source of protein.  Organic eggs  are another good thing to add to your breakfast meal. If you are on the run you can boil some eggs on the weekend and keep them in the fridge for a quick source of protein. I don’t recommend dairy unless it’s from an organic source and is not eaten regularly. You can also check your blood type to see where you stand with dairy. If you are an A or AB blood type cottage cheese is beneficial food for your blood type so you could do an organic Cottage Cheese. Vegetarians can use a protein powders, soy (fermented is better) and eggs if they eat dairy.

So now that you know what protein sources to eat you can add in some carbohydrate and some healthy fats. The carbohydrate would consist of vegetables and fruits. A healthier denser bread such as a sprouted hemp (French Meadow makes a wonderful Hemp Bread) which is delicious and is higher in protein than white or even whole wheat bread would work here too. The healhy fats to choose would be avocado, raw nuts (almonds are preferred), olive oil and organic cold-pressed coconut oil (I recommend Nutiva Brand).

Here are some examples of healthy, blood-sugar balancing, delicious breakfasts:

Fruit Smoothie

Protein Powder
Blueberries
Strawberries  (Or use whatever fruit you have on hand)
Ice
Mix in blender
Eat some nuts with it to give you the healthy fats and keep you satiated unti lunch.

An omelette  (use ratio of 2 whites to 1 yolk) made with lots of fresh veggies and olive oil.

Turkey Sausage and Hemp Toast w/Coconut oil and cinnamon

Turkey Sausage Recipe
1/4 pound ground turkey thigh 
1/4 pound ground turkey breast
1 egg white
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. fennel seed (optional)
1/8 tsp. sea salt

Products to add to your breakfast planning:

NutriBurn – Chocolate -Protein Powder (If you are short on time try this as a meal replacement.)
NutriBurn-Vanilla – Protein Powder (Add fruit for great flavor!)
Xylitol Bulk (1 lb Bag) (Sweeten your cinnamon toast with a healthy natural, low-calorie, low-carb substitute)

I hope these suggestions help you make healthier choices for your breakfast.  Please post your healthy breakfast ideas! Others will benefit as would I because I’m always looking for new ideas for myself and for my clients.

Paige Rennekamp, CNHP
www.naturalhealthanswers.com

July 5, 2007 at 11:18 am 1 comment

Morning Energy Shake:

 2 Tbsp Ultimate Green Zone
2 Tbsp Berry Healthy
1 Tbsp Vitamin C, Ascorbates
1 Tbsp Nature’s Three

Mix all ingredients and add 8 oz. of Nature’s Spring Water or filtered water and be sure to mix the Nature’s Three in last.

April 24, 2007 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable?

I’m talking about the ever so delicious avocado.

And if you said fruit you would be correct!

Did you know that avocados:

  • Contain 60% more potassium than bananas? A medium-sized one packs about 850 mg!
  • Are also rich in the phytochemical beta-sitosterol which promotes normal cholesterol levels and a healthy prostate.
  • Ounce for ounce, avocados are a superior source for many nutrients including glutathione, a potent antioxidant, and the eye health protector lutein.
  • Are high in protein.
  • Are rich in an oil that contains vitamins A, D, and E and contains 14 minerals especially copper and iron.
  • Are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and manganese.
  • And yes they are high in fat but it’s a good kind of fat that your body needs called a monounsaturated fat and it’s low in saturated fat and has 0 cholesterol.
  • Are an excellent nutrient dense food that are helplful for stabilizing blood sugar, are an aid in blood and tissue regeneration, are beneficial to the cardiovascular system and are also proving to be helpful for joint health.

So say yes to avocados the next time you are in the supermarket and know you are giving your body something nutritious and tasty at the same time!

Here is one of my favorite recipes that is super simple. I use this as a spread for sandwiches and wraps, as a dip and of course on mexican food. Yummy!

Guacamole

Makes 2 Servings
TIME NEEDED: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
½ small chopped tomato
1 thinly sliced green onion
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon salsa

Directions:

Mash avocado with fork in small bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Serve with  non-GMO corn chips, whole wheat tortillas, or sliced veggies.

Enjoy!

January 19, 2006 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment


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