She was a Roadtrippin’ | One Direction Yeh … Road Trip Nutrition

Road Trip Nutrition, Wellness, Cooking, meal prep, health, hydrate, car, travel, nutrition

Later this month I will be taking a road trip from Albuquerque, NM across the US to western Florida. Road trips can be a great excuse to eat out every meal, eat food from gas stations, drink a ton of coffee, and stay dehydrated. 

This may come as a surprise…but practicing the above while on a road trip is not ideal. It can lead to bloating, fatigue, dehydration, irregular digestion and elimination, and overall sense of discomfort. 

Some tips for maintaining health and wellness while on a road trip are below:

 1. Plan Snacks | Pack a variety of trail mixes! Choose shelf-stable fruits like apples or dried fruits. Choose wax-wrapped shelf-stable cheese and crackers. Hearty veggies like carrots, broccoli, and celery are great to dip in nut butters, hummus, or guac. A great go-to can be a quality protein bar; choose one the fewest ingredients, I recommend RxBars (not an ad, just like the product). 

2. Use a Cooler | If space allows, use a cooler or lunch bag with ice packs to bring along yogurts, delicate fruits, or to store the dips mentioned above. If accessibility allows, you can microwave veggies in the hotel or b&b you are staying in the morning before you take off, and they can be consumed throughout the drive as a fiber-full meal. 

3. Hydrate | On long road trips, it may not sound appealing to stop every hour or hour and a half to use the restroom, but staying hydrated is really important to mitigate fatigue. In lie of chugging a bottle of what each hour, you can sip on the bottle over a two hour period and supplement hydration with grapes or melon. 

Keep an eye on my Instagram page for pictures of the upcoming road trip! Reach out with questions you may have about packing food for your road trip! 

Wellness Cucina | Summer Health; Kick Start It

Wellness Cucina, Health, Wellness, Food, Exercise, Summer Body

So many are concerned about having the ideal “summer body.” Why is it that what we do to keep our bodies healthy only matters during the summer, after we’ve shed our multiple winter layers? Health and wellness should be a year-round goal and journey! 

This year, aim to kick off you long-term wellness goals…not just to achieve your “summer body,” but to truly work towards lasting and wholistic wellness. 

1. Reduce inflammation | The typical SAD (Standard American Diet) is pro-inflammatory; making modifications to your typical eating patterns can have a significant impact.  

– Eliminate or reduce fast food consumption. 

– Eat Vegetables! | All of them, whenever possible, both cooked and raw. 

– Choose quality protein sources such as lean free-range poultry, eggs, pork, grass-fed beef, and fish. Consume protein the size of palm, for a serving that is relative to your body size. 

– Choose healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish.

– Choose whole grains, cooked at home over processed grains like bread. Some excellent choices are: quinoa, brown rice, farro, millet, barley, and lentils. 

– Alternate grains with other starches such as butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and sweet potatoes. 

– Limit alcohol consumption. 

2. Be Active | Aim for 30-45 minutes of activity 3-5 days per week! 

– Schedule time on your calendar for a workout, and stick to it! 

– Choose activities that you enjoy! This will help to keep you motivated. 

3. Hydrate | Whether you are in a dry or damp climate; whether it is cold or hot; whether you’ve sweat or just sat on the couch…hydration is key! 

– Choose water over sugar sweetened beverages like juice and soda.

– Drink regularly throughout the day, rather than waiting until you’re parched or your mouth is dry. 

4.  Recharge | Just like all of our electronics…we need to recharge by getting at least 6-8 hours of QUALITY sleep each night. 

– Aim to minimize blue light exposure before bed…put down the phone, turn off the TV, put down the Kindle.

– Try to mediate before bed, or reflect on the day with a brain dump worksheet. I like to “dump” things I have to do the next day, chores, and positives I experienced that day. 

Working towards heath and wellness should be the goal! Rather than focusing solely on the perfect “summer body,” embracing a lifestyle that is sustainable for longer than three months to achieve health and wellness is ideal! Reach out with questions as to how Wellness Cucina can guide you along your wellness journey!