I just love the
airport in our small town. As soon as you enter the terminal
(I use that term loosely), you are greeted by two clerks
behind a lone counter. A couple of nearby TSA agents smile and
nod as they anxiously wait to carefully check your luggage
since there are only eight people on the flight.
When your bags
are checked, the agent presents your ticket and says politely,
“Help yourself to coffee and cookies around the corner.
We’ll let you know when it’s time to go through
When we finish
our second cups of coffee, a TSA agent strolls over to tell us
it might be a good time to visit the restroom as they will
soon begin the security process. I love that.
always that easy, however, especially when it comes to staying
on track nutritionally. Here are some crucial details to
remember that make for a more pleasant journey:
DRINK PLENTY OF
cabins at high altitudes can suck the water right out of our
system if we don’t replenish often. While we’re not likely
to get dehydrated on short flights, longer trips are another
story. Ask for water (preferably) or other nonalcoholic
beverage and drink at least 8 ounces for every hour in flight,
suggests the experts with the Aerospace Medical Association.
As for alcohol,
the “I’m on vacation, why not?” attitude can dehydrate
us all the way down to our cells, says Clayton Cowl, M.D.,
Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and
Aerospace Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. If you can’t pass up
a drink in-flight, treat yourself to 8 ounces of water for
every alcoholic beverage you imbibe. That can at least help to
counteract the dehydrating effect of the alcohol.
FOCUS OF FIBER
indigestible part of plant foods known as dietary fiber is one
essential food component guaranteed to make you more
comfortable on your travel. Sitting for long periods and not
drinking enough fluids can make for miserable travelers,
especially when dietary fiber intake is low.
Take a look
around the next time you have a delay between flights. Fruit,
vegetables, whole grains, nuts and other sources of fiber are
not always at the top of airport menu boards. Maybe that’s
why many travelers look so … strained.
Ideas on ways
to bring the fiber with you include fresh fruit, trail mix and
unsalted nuts (the last things we need when traveling are
swollen legs and elevated blood pressure). Or look closely and
you may find these at many airports: fruit and granola
parfaits, vegetable omelets, salads and whole grain breads or
in your seat to walking around until flight time, the more we
move when traveling, the better our circulation and digestion.