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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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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