Here’s 9 Holistic Health Tips To Make This Your Best Summer Ever!

If living out of a suitcase were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. Traveling is my absolute passion, a constant itch that only new experiences can scratch. Whether it’s lounging on sandy beaches with a good book in hand, zooming through breathtaking landscapes on ATVs, or getting lost in the labyrinthine streets of a foreign city, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovery that travel offers. But let’s be honest, as much as we adore exploring new places, the constant shuffle of routines and the exhaustion that often tags along can wreak havoc on our well-being. Jet lag, unfamiliar environments, and changes in diet can leave us feeling sluggish, irritable, and yearning for the comfort of our own homes. We’ve got holistic health tips that will guard against the bad and keep you grooving.

Because while travel can disrupt our usual rhythms, it doesn’t have to derail our health.

In fact, with a little planning and a sprinkle of holistic health wisdom, we can transform travel into an opportunity to nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits. Think of it as a chance to hit the reset button. Or as an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves amidst the whirlwind of new sights and experiences. Here’s the secret weapon in your travel arsenal – a toolkit brimming with holistic health tips to keep you feeling your best, even when miles away from your familiar routine.

Embracing the Holistic Health Approach:

Holistic health is all about recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. It’s about understanding that our well-being isn’t confined to physical health alone. It encompasses our emotional, mental, and spiritual states as well. While on the road, it’s easy to prioritize sightseeing and ticking things off the bucket list, neglecting the very foundation that allows us to fully embrace these experiences- our incredible bodies! By incorporating these holistic health tips into your travel plans, you ensure you’re showing up as your most vibrant, energetic self, ready to savor every adventure. So, ditch the stress of maintaining a perfect itinerary and focus on creating a travel experience that nourishes you from the inside out.

Let’s get ready to explore the world with a sense of holistic awareness, ensuring our journeys are filled not just with stunning sights, but with a renewed sense of vitality and joy.

Holistic Health Tips: What You’re Eating

Nothing seems more important than what you’re eating on vacation. Sometimes, the reason we decide to go to certain places is to enjoy their cuisine! Alongside staying healthily hydrated, what you eat is going to heavily impact your body’s ability to stay well and fight off potential infection. So let’s meal plan.

1. Start with a Savory, Protein-Packed Breakfast

It’s too easy to skip breakfast! But, fueling your body with a nutrient-dense breakfast is the key to kick starting your day on a high note. Making breakfast a priority has completely changed the game for me. Gone are the days of being a hangry gremlin, ready to unleash fury on anyone who crossed my path before lunchtime. By fueling my body with a nutrient-dense breakfast, I’ve undergone a remarkable transformation that even my friends can’t believe.

No longer do I skip breakfast or rely on those deceivingly labeled “protein” bars that are basically glorified candy bars. I’ve realized the importance of starting my day with a wholesome meal that provides me with the vital nutrients I need to thrive. From savory delights like eggs and bacon to veggie-packed omelets bursting with flavors, my breakfast choices set the tone of my mood and energy for the day ahead. I also love enjoying a healthy cup of tea with my morning.. and tea bags couldn’t be easier to pack!

It’s crucial to listen to your body, especially if you have blood sugar issues. Men often handle intermittent fasting better than women, so it’s essential to tune in and understand what works best for you. If you’re prone to getting hangry easily, making breakfast a priority should be non-negotiable. By nourishing yourself first thing in the morning, you’ll feel your absolute best as you embark on exciting adventures and explore the wonders of the world.

2. Eat At Least One Healthy Meal A Day

Don’t let your vacation become an excuse to throw all healthy eating out the window. An indulgence spree is fun but not worth it! Prioritize at least one solid, nutrient-rich meal each day. This keeps your blood sugar and overall nutrition in check. 

Sure, it’s tempting to YOLO and treat yourself, but finding that balance is key. Support your body by consciously including one nourishing meal a day. Then you can satisfy your taste buds AND give your body the fuel and nutrients it needs to stay energized and feeling great throughout your trip. So go ahead, indulge wisely and make room for some healthy goodness amidst all the vacation fun! What we eat is the greatest of all holistic health tips- it’s the foundation of our health.

Pre-made meals with grilled chicken, basil, walnuts, hard-boiled eggs, broccoli, and green-onion. Eating well is the ultimate holistic health tip.

3. Research Healthy Dining Options Ahead of Time

One of the things I absolutely love about traveling is the opportunity to discover new and exciting culinary experiences. While it’s important to indulge in local treats and savor the unique flavors of a destination, it’s equally crucial to maintain a sense of balance and nourish our bodies with wholesome, nutrient-dense meals.

Before going on your trip, I highly recommend doing some research and exploring dining options in advance (or at least look up some places the night before). Personally, I’m a Yelp and Trip Advisor enthusiast, relying on these platforms to find highly-rated restaurants and view menus. This allows me to ensure that I can find places that offer both delicious and healthy choices.

By taking the time to plan ahead for holistic health, you can have a better dining experience and prioritize good-quality food. While I’m always open to stumbling upon hidden local gems and trying out hole-in-the-wall establishments, I like to have a few healthy options up my sleeve. Plus, you never know what they’re cooking with!

Remember, balance is key. Indulge in that mind-blowing cappuccino or treat yourself to some mouthwatering eggs Benedict, but also make it a point to include nutrient-rich, wholesome meals in the majority of your dining experiences. Before digging in, ask yourself if the food you’re about to eat respects and nourishes your body. Your taste buds and your overall well-being will thank you for it. Bon appétit!

4. Plan and Prepare Snacks

To avoid relying on unhealthy convenience foods, plan and prepare your own snacks whenever possible. On travel days, I generally pack nutrient-dense options such as homemade egg bites, Artisana organic nut butter packets, cut fruit and veggies, protein-rich, paleo snacks like Epic Meat Bars or Bone Broth based baby foods that travel well. 

For longer trips or if I’m flying out of LAX, I’ll stop at Erewhon to pick up some of their organic, pre-packaged foods that will prevent me from spending $25 on a trash airport burger or breakfast sandwich. I often bring a small smashable cooler that can clip to my bag to fit the containers in and keep them cool for a few hours.

By planning and preparing my own snacks, I can ensure I’m getting essential nutrients, curb hunger, and avoid making impulsive and less healthy choices when hunger strikes. It’s also a great way to stay nourished during long travel days or when healthy food options are limited in certain locations. Being prepared is one of the most all-encompassing holistic health tip there is.

5. Prepare Some Of Your Own Meals

If you’re staying at an Airbnb or have access to a kitchenette, take advantage of the opportunity to prepare your own meals. Like I said, I absolutely love wining and dining at the local eateries but if you’re able to make a meal or two at home this not only saves money but allows you to ensure a few healthier meals to be snuck in. 

I generally will make most breakfasts at home so I can eat and get out to explore the local wonders. Eating a few meals at home allows you to have more control over the ingredients, less seed oils, sugars and portion sizes. 

Visiting local markets to source fresh, local produce and ingredients can be an adventure all its own! Creating your own healthy breakfast, lunch or pack homemade snacks and meals for day trips, reduces your reliance on restaurant foods and ensures you have nourishing options readily available.

Woman Sleeping Comfortable with Dim lighting and clean, white sheets

Holistic Health Tips: Relaxation and Supplementation

6. Prioritize Sleep and Stress Management

Traveling can definitely mess with your sleep schedule. Prioritize quality sleep by creating a comfortable sleep environment. Plus, stick to a consistent bedtime routine as much as you can. Just like when you’re at home, a dark sleep space with no extra light will help you get better rest. Turn the alarm clock light off or unplug it, cover the windows with a blanket if it doesn’t have dark curtains and use a towel under the door if light is pouring in from the hallway. Eye masks look funny, but if all else fails use one. Any light in your sleep space can disrupt your good night’s sleep.

I’m still a big fan of living in the moment and there are plenty of times that I stay out late on vacation to fully immerse myself in the local late night culture. I still try to rise with the sun, take a siesta and balance my trips out with a few chill days where I get good quality sleep at night. 

Travel is notorious for being stressful. You’re off your routine, crammed like a sardine on a plane and often out of your comfort zone. I try to keep to my normal routine of meditating each morning to manage stress and keep me present. Remember to listen to your body and take breaks when needed to prevent burnout and getting sick!

7. Plan Some Time For Rest and Relaxation

While it’s tempting to pack your itinerary with non-stop adventures, remember to prioritize rest and relaxation. Allow yourself downtime to unwind, recharge, and prevent burnout. If your trip is extra active, take a day off when you get home.  It’s an awesome way to settle back into your regular programming.  Plus, it helps me feel grounded and prepared before going back to work.

8. Pack Your Supplements (And Actually Take Them)

Anyone else bring their keyboard size pill container full of supplements? Only to leave it in the bottom of your suitcase the entire time? I always pack a ton of supps! Make it a point to leave them on the counter or next to water or the bedside table. This will be a reminder to take them. I often pack them in ziplock bags and throw them in my purse. Then, when I’m out and about I can remember to take them too. 

Some of my staples for traveling include:

  • Gut Repair Powder

    • I put this in a ziplock bag with a scoop to help reduce inflammation and soothe my gut . Perfect after spicy mezcal margaritas, tacos or other foods that may become problematic for my sensitive tummy
  • Zypan by Standard Process

    • This contains hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) which helps to kill bacteria and activate enzymes to help improve digestion. This is a must for me and taken 10 min before each meal for optimal digestion
  • Melatonin CR by Xymogen

    • This is great for regulating jet lag. Taking melatonin 30 minutes to an hour before your desired bedtime at your destination helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Saccharomyces Boulardi

    • It’s technically a yeast but acts like a probiotic that helps defend against traveler’s diarrhea and keeps your gut protected!
  • Cymbiotika Super Greens

    • Getting your greens in can be hard on vacay. Therefore, these individually packed portions are amazing at helping to supplement while you’re on the go. These help maintain a healthy immune system  while supporting cellular detoxification and energy production. 
  • LMNT Electrolyte Packets

    • These individual packets are great for keeping you hydrated on-the-go. Often times we become dehydrated while traveling not only from not drinking enough water but from lack of electrolytes too! 

9. And my favorite Holistic Health Tip – Traditional Chinese Medicine with Flora Fauna Wellness!

Plan for Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, or Cupping before or after your trip! Our team would absolutely love to support you in your wellness journey *whether you’re traveling near or far*. Make an appointment and come find out how we can support you on your long-term holistic health journey!

Holistic Health Tips for Travel and Beyond: Your Journey Starts Now

These tips aren’t just for globetrotting adventurers; they’re valuable tools for fostering well-being in every aspect of our lives. Just like I switch gears between regimented business trips and free-flowing adventures, these holistic practices can be adapted to any situation.

Remember, feeling your best is the ultimate souvenir you can bring back from any trip. So, pack your bags, embrace these holistic hacks, and embark on a journey of self-discovery, not just in new destinations, but within yourself. After all, the most enriching adventures often begin with a commitment to our own well-being.