I believe that travel is an essential part of a healthy life. Taking time out of our regular routines to explore new places helps us to see things from a different perspective, it opens our eyes to what is possible and broadens our view on life.
Travel takes us away from our everyday stresses and instils a sense of freedom which is great for our mental health.
My family and I set off on a year long trip around Australia?with our Jayco camper 6 months ago and we havent looked back. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to explore this gorgeous country of ours and share the experience with my children!
I am also a Naturopath so my families well-being is one of my number one priorities.
Here are my top tips for keeping your family healthy while on the road.
Food is one of the pleasures of travel. You want to be able to enjoy the local beer and wine, call into the local bakery, visit the ice cream shop and test out the grub at the local pub ? guilt free!
We recently spent a few months in the?Margaret River region?where there is an abundance of wineries and breweries, which all seem to serve yummy gourmet pizzas or burgers.
While we were there, one of the kids favourite things to do was ride our bikes down the main street to the ice cream shop to choose which flavour they wanted to try next!
I had no problem with sampling the wine in the region, treating ourselves to a pizza or enjoying an ice cream because on the whole we have a good foundation of healthy habits and include plenty of the good stuff ? real, whole foods ?? in our diet every day.
Real foods or whole foods are foods that are close to their natural state with minimal processing. They are foods that are ready to eat, straight from a plant or animal.
Vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, fish, yoghurt, meats and whole grains like spelt, brown rice and quinoa are real foods. These are the kinds of foods we should base our diets on. They are nutrient rich and fuel our bodies beautifully.
When we eat more real foods in our diet we notice our energy levels improve, it is easier to maintain a healthy weight and we glow from the inside out. Who doesnt want that when they are travelling?
Avoid heading straight to Woolies or Coles when you arrive in a new town. Instead, seek out a local farmers market or fresh produce shop and stock up on produce local to the area you are visiting.
Becoming in the area you are travelling in helps you to fully immerse yourself in the local food culture and there are loads of health benefits from eating local produce too.
You tend to have more time in the morning when you are travelling than when you are at home so make the most of it and fuel yourself for the day ahead.
Eating a good breakfast, rich in protein and healthy fats helps to sustain you until lunchtime and reduces cravings for rubbish later on in the day.
Some of our favourite breakfasts on the road are:
Mix all ingredients together and put into an airtight container in the fridge. Put ? cup of the mixture into a bowl with enough water or organic milk to cover. Soak in the fridge overnight and add some fresh sliced strawberries, peaches or apple and a couple of spoonfuls of natural yoghurt.
Mash the banana. Scramble in the egg and nut butter.
Heat a fry pan and melt a little coconut oil in it. Pour in a heaped tablespoon of the banana mixture. Wait for bubbles to form and then flip over. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Serve as they are or top with a little natural yoghurt and berries.