Airplane travel isn’t fun anymore.
Long lines for passenger processing and airport security, combined with frequent delays and lost luggage make for an annoying and stressful experience.
And if it’s an early flight, you can add tired and sleep-deprived to that list.
Often, as you race for that early morning flight, you suddenly realize that cup of strong coffee won’t hold off your hunger pangs for the entire three-hour flight. It’s then you curse yourself for not eating a healthy breakfast, but that didn’t seem to be a priority when you awoke at 3:00 am.
Airports understand your lack of planning. They tempt you with hot cinnamon buns, greasy breakfast sandwiches, cappuccinos, and other pre-packaged foods that will crash your blood sugar.
So what’s a weary traveler to do? Answer. A prepared traveler is a healthy traveler. The following strategies will help you arrive feeling better and healthier with more money in your pocket.
Plan your meals and snacks in advance. Bring along small bags of nuts, dried fruit, and trail mix on which to snack. On airport layovers, choose meals with plenty of lean protein, healthy fats, and leafy vegetables such as a chicken or tuna salad.
Eating the right food combination will keep your blood sugar steady and your hunger in check.
Stay hydrated. Instead of heading to the airport coffee kiosk for a caffeine pick-me-up, take an empty water bottle and fill up once you’ve cleared the security check-in. Caffeine plus flying equals a double-dehydration problem.
Take exercise breaks whenever you can.
If you’re fortunate enough to have access to an airport exercise area, take advantage and use it on layovers. If not, try a few stretches, squats and lunges while you’re waiting to board the plane. Airport stairs are another great option. Skip the escalators and walk the stairs as quickly as you can for a mini-cardio workout.
Of course, choosing function over fashion by wearing sneakers or other comfortable shoes is essential.
Get as much sleep as you can. If you can sleep on an airplane, do it. If you can’t, and the best you can hope for is a power nap, take advantage because every little bit helps optimize your hormone levels, including the feel-good serotonin. You want to arrive fresh and feeling as good as possible.
Chill out, don’t stress out. While that’s easier said than done when dealing with flight delays, missed connections and overly demanding security agents, you need to rationalize that much of what happens is out of your control.
Getting anxious and frustrated just elevates your stress hormone cortisol, which puts your body in overdrive. Among other things, cortisol breaks down muscle and stores fat.
As the saying goes, “take a chill pill.” You can do that by breathing deeply and diverting your frustration to another time with a good book.
Keep germs at bay. Carry a hand-sanitizer and use it after you touch surfaces in the plane or airport and before eating. It will reduce the risk of infectious disease.
Have a safe and healthy flight.
Airplane travel isn’t fun anymore.
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Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
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Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
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“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Lower cancer risk with these steps
Cancer is second only to heart disease among the leading causes of death. In as much as cancer is the result of errors in the DNA code that occur by chance, the interesting realization is that we have enormous power over whether or not we will develop cancer in our lifetime. Based on the evidence, roughly 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented through diet and healthy lifestyles. Here are some of the most effective ways to lower your cancer risk.
Avoid tobacco exposure. Tobacco use and exposure (second hand and sidestream smoke) represent the single greatest cause of preventable cancer.
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Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast.
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