Taking a Breather in Bali

Hello from Bali, Indonesia! Can you see my glow? I started the morning off with a Insanity workout, wheatgrass shots, and then the most fantastic massage right on the beach to the sound of big ocean waves here in Seminyak.

My writers mind has left me…probably because I am completely mesmerized by the places we’ve been so far and are still experiencing! I really can’t wait to share all the adventures we are having in detail. I was hoping to write an exciting post on the plane yesterday, but I slept. My body needed some serious rest after our incredible Mt. Fuji Hike and exploring Tokyo on foot for over 12 hours a day.

In the meantime – Fortunately, I’m able to post updates, tips, and pics on three different social media avenues pretty easily from my phone and without pulling out my laptop

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XOXO,
Food Babe

Food Babe Travel Essentials – No Reason to Panic on the Plane!

I’m on the plane to LAX, the first leg en route to our first stop – Tokyo! I can’t think of a better time or place to write this article.

Airplane travel, is unfortunately (and fortunately!) a big part of my way of life. I’d be surprised if you added up the amount of travel I have conducted for work and personal if it didn’t end up being a full year of my life. For this reason, I set out to find out exactly the best strategies to keep your body energized, free of aliments, and flying high when you are on the bird!

A few facts about what airplanes do to your body -

When your body is in the air, at a seriously high altitude, your body under goes some serious pressure. Just think about it – Airplanes thrive in places we don’t. You are traveling in a pressurized cabin, and when your body is pressurized, it gets really compressed!

Compression leads to all sorts of issues. First off your body’s digestive organs start to shrink, taxing your ability to digest large quantities of food. Secondly, this compression reduces the ability for your body to normally circulate blood through your blood vessels. Sitting down for long hours while this is happening, exacerbates these issues, leading to what they call “Economy Class Syndrome.” Economy Class Syndrome results the action of sitting in a cramped space for a long period of time, thus resulting in blood flow loss to the legs. A unhealthy person or someone who eats a poor diet, smokes, has heart disease, diabetes or an auto-immune disorder has a larger risk of developing DVT, which basically causes a blood clot in your one of your large veins in your leg and you risk death.

Additionally, the pressurized cabin reduces the humidity by 40% of what humans typically thrive at. The Sahara Desert has more humidity at ~25% than your airplane does at ~10%. Remember your body is made up of 50% water, if the humidity is reduced by 40%, your body becomes very dehydrated, very quickly and usually without you feeling the effects until after you get off the plane. Dehydration causes all sorts of issues from fatigue, headaches, constipation, light headedness and even death in extreme cases.

The air you are breathing on an airplane is recycled from directly outside of your window. That means you are breathing everything that the airplanes gives off and is flying through. The air that is pumped in isn’t pure oxygen either, it’s mixed with nitrogen, sometimes almost at 50%. To pump a greater amount of oxygen in costs money in terms of fuel and the airlines know this! The nitrogen may affect the times and dosages of medications, make you feel bloated and cause your ankles and joints swell.

Did you know certain countries require that airplanes and even passengers be sprayed with pesticide before they take off? This means if you are visiting one of these countries you are breathing in these fumes potentially all flight, especially if they were sprayed on board. Horrific!

Ok enough horror facts about airplane travel (especially while I am flying right now!)…Here’s my Food Babe tips on what you can do to avoid and/or protect yourself of all the facts I mentioned above.

 

Food Babe’s Tips: First Class Airplane Tips for your Body

 

Before you Fly:

  1. Choose a seat as close to the front as possible. Pilots control the amount of airflow and it is is always better in their cabin.
  2. Eat a light meal or fast, it is better to digest as much of your food as possible before getting on the plane
  3. Exercise! You reduce your risk of developing DVT dramatically and you will also improve your body’s circulation ability
  4. Drink at least 16 ounces of water before your flight, and limit alcohol and caffeine
  5. Bring your own food. Airport and airplane food is overly processed and contains more GMO, pesticides, MSG, and chemicals than can make your head spin! Bring circulation enhancing foods! Some great ones that are easy to travel with are dark chocolate, blueberries, grapes, oranges, avocados, ginger, and pumpkin seeds.
  6. Don’t forget to pack an empty water bottle to be filled at the airport, or to buy water before your flight. I like to bring at least 32 ounces of extra water with me on any flight.
    I can’t tell you how many times the airlines have been stingy giving me water (even in First Class!)
  7. Ask your Acupuncturist or Nauropath for herbs that can help prevent you from contracting colds, flus and other viruses through the recycled air
  8. The following two things are a must for international flights! Moisturizer and a little spray bottle of evian spritzer can do wonders in rehydrating your skin on long flights.

In Flight:

  1. Drink 8 ounces of water for every hour of flying time
  2. If you experience a headache, pains or aches, think about using turmeric, garlic or willow bark which are all natural alternatives to aspirin
  3. Fast or eat small light carbohydrate rich whole foods. Limit any heavy dairy or protein rich foods. Whole grain carbohydrates are better tolerated than proteins at a high altitude.
  4. Do not drink alcohol or caffeine on long flights
  5. Walk or stretch every 30 mins while in flight, if you can’t get up from your seat, rotate your ankles and raise your arms over your head to stretch
  6. Keep your hands clean with natural hand sanitizer spray and avoid touching your face as much as possible
  7. Don’t forget to take your natural herbs that can strengthen your immune system

After your Flight:

  1. Continue to drink 8 ounces of water every hour
  2. Aim to do at least 15 mins of yoga or other form of exercise
  3. Consider getting a massage, which as been known to reduce jet lag
  4. Continue eating circulation enhancing foods
  5. As soon as you can – swim, take a shower and/or a steam bath to rehydrate your skin

Exercise before the plane: Check!

Essentials for my carry on: Check!

Prewashed avocado, oranges, apples and lemons: Check!

Homemade sprouted wraps filled with sprouted sunflower seed hummus, sprouts and raw veggies: Check!Wraps wrapped in parchment paper, not foil (foil sets off the metal detector): Check!A great start for a trip – The nicest US Airways employee I’ve ever met: Check! A very heavy overpacked bag with lots of natural food options: Check!Herbs to keep me from getting sick: Check!
A light meal in the air: Check!Lots of crunchy healthy snacks: Check!Natural hand sanitizer: Check!

Phew. Get me off of this plane, will ya?

:)

I will be posting new photos and more travel tips on my my Facebook Fan Page hopefully everyday for the next few weeks! Don’t forget to ”Like me”!

Also check out more Food Babe Travel Essentials!
Food Babe Travel Essentials – Part 1 and Food Babe Travel Essentials – Part 2: Eating Outside Your Home

The Perfect Parfait Porridge

If you have been following Everyday Eats here on Food Babe….you’ve probably seen something to the likes of this for my afternoon snack….

 

I’m happy to finally share the recipe for this concoction. I call it “Parfait Porridge.” That’s because it contains layers of several different items and tastes just like a parfait minus the yogurt. The best part of this breakfast or snack, is the raw oat groats. Oat groats are the truest form of oats and contain more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than processed steel cut, rolled or instant oats. If you haven’t tried oat groats yet – go get them now! They are available in most health food stores in the bulk section.  Here’s what they look like….

It’s very important to know that you must first soak your oat groats before eating or cooking them. Soaking them softens them a bit so they are more digestible. The texture is amazing, very chewy and hearty. Unfortunately to cook oat groats, it takes forever (sometimes up to an hour!), this why I like to eat them soaked and raw.

This recipe is fool proof and ridiculously satisfying and delicious.

4.6 from 17 reviews
Food Babe's Parfait Porridge
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup oat groats rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup ezekiel cereal, muesli, or ¼ cup steel or rolled oats (for texture)
  • 1 tsp of currants
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice
Instructions
  1. In a "to go" glass container of your choice: Place oat groats, ezekiel cereal/oats, cinnamon, currants, chia seeds, and almond milk in the container and stir
  2. Top mixture with fresh or frozen fruit
  3. Let mixture sit in fridge overnight or up to three days in fridge
Notes

Enjoy for a breakfast or snack - cold right out of the fridge, room temperature or warmed in the oven for 10-15 mins at 300 degrees.

*Please choose all organic ingredients if possible*

 

I measure out my portions and always give a little extra to my husband…

Parfait Porridge goes great with a cup of tea or morning coffee! 

Top your Parfait Porridge with whatever fruit you like.  My favorites are organic fresh mixed berries like this one below.  I also like to use frozen fruit – especially organic pineapple and blueberries mixed.  When the pineapple and blueberries softens overnight they release their juices into the porridge – YUM!

Remember you can make this up to three days in advance. This is incredible for a healthy on the go breakfast or snack.

Last week, I was so busy I forgot to make porridge one night and my husband came home from work and said “I missed my porridge today….” AWE!

Don’t miss out – Start your week off right and make this now.

If you know someone who could benefit from any easy make ahead breakfast like this – please share this recipe with them! I’m sure they will be forever grateful.

Have a fantastic day!

Food Babe

P.S.

Watch me make this on live TV in a NBC Charlotte Today appearance:




8/20 Saturday ~ 1500 calories

Good Evening! Today has been CRAAAAZY Long… I am going to hit the hay as soon as I finish this post!  This will be the last day of “Everyday Eats” for the next couple of weeks. Taking a hiatus to travel the world! I am hoping to bring blog posts from my travels real time…you can be sure I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook Fan Page. Like me to stay updated!

Morning:

Hot water with lemon and cayenne

Craving a banana so bad this morning (this happens to me if I drink wine the night before…It’s really nuts how in tune I am with my body’s needs for potassium!) I cut a 1/3 of one and combined it with some blueberries…

Then I added a cup of Larry’s BeansBefore I left for the gym in the morning, I made some breakfast for the boys who were still asleep! A bowl of cherries, blueberries, banana and a few slices of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Toast, organic butter and fig preservesMy gym session today was incredible – Check out my results. My calorie burn is so much higher when I eat a big meal the night before, I am able to work extra hard from all the energy in my body…I had my usual after workout meal – a Hari Shake and Jay Robb – Whey Vanilla Protein
Then I ran some serious errands and ran back home in between to grab a quick salad – I have eat EVERYTHING in my fridge before Tuesday!  I combined 3 cups of arugula, a few tbsp of beet sweetened hummus, and a half of an avocado and tossed with some balsamic vinegar.  Also I had some buckwheat crackers with almond butter… FYI – I am FINALLY out of my hummus. I made a double batch on Monday morning and it lasted 5.5 days for me and my husband.  Not bad.I was still really hungry, so I grabbed a piece of left over Ezekiel toast from the morning.  Didn’t need any toppings, this bread is that GOOD!After lunch I went to Southpark and ran around like an chicken with my head cut off!  I had so many things to get/return/look at before starting to pack this afternoon….  On the way home I headed to Earth Fare to pick up some shelf stable probiotics for my trip (the kind you don’t have to refrigerate) and a few other necessities (i.e. LOTS OF KALE) to get me through Tuesday eating and feeling good!   There were so many samples today – I had raw goji chocolate and a couple of samplings of soup :) This was a nice snack after my rampage in the mall.  I seriously think I burned more calories in the mall running around with all my heavy bags, than in my workout this morning! A friend from work said she saw me at the mall today… no wonder she didn’t say Hi – I probably ran right past her like the roadrunner! beep beep!

I packed a snack of almonds, gojis and golden raisins but totally forgot about it.  I did find a honey sweetened peppermint patty while I searched for my keys between stops and ate that.  I ate it so fast that I didn’t take a picture!  I also grabbed a handful of Mary’s Gone Crackers Curry Sticks & Twigs right out of my grocery cart - Can I say they are just amazing. I didn’t take a picture of that either. Sorry.

Dinner:

Finally got home and made some fresh juice to help me energize before packing… I started this juice with a big head of cabbage.  Cabbage juice acts as a cleaning agent for your digestive system. I love it, especially after a day of eating random things…

Ahhhhhh…. I didn’t have any juice yesterday, 1 day without it, is all I need as a reminder of how good fresh juice makes you feel.  I was instantly energized…
Then I cooked up the fastest delicious meal of all time. A frittata with red onion, red pepper and lots of savory spices.  I always enjoy my frittata with some kind of greens – I finished off some more of the arugula in the fridge… Recipe will be coming soon!Frittata up close….Dessert:

Gojis, coconut and chocolate chips

A few squares of this white chocolate.  If you have never tried Green and Black’s Organic White Chocolate. Go.Buy.Some.Now. There are tiny little vanilla bean specks in it. To die for.
The packing begins!!!!  Prepping my tolietries and treats….
Taking two suitcases…. one to carry on and one to check…..Got my soap ready!  Cut my Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap into travel sizes to use in multiple hotels for the next few weeks!