Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but it often poses challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In this blog post, we will explore some practical tips and insights on how to stay healthy while on the go. From redefining convenience to practicing selective fasting, these strategies will help ensure that your travel experience is not just enjoyable, but also nourishing for both body and mind.
The Importance of Convenience: One of the biggest obstacles to eating well while traveling is convenience. We have become accustomed to valuing convenience over the quality of the food we consume. However, it's time to recondition ourselves and recognize the value of convenience. Let me share a story about my friend Scott McDonald, who lives in upstate New York. Despite having a modest income, Scott prioritizes his health by driving around to local farms to source his eggs, red meat, and local vegetables from Regenerative Organic Farms. He even collects natural spring water from a nearby well. Scott's commitment to seeking out nutritious options emphasizes that convenience should not outweigh the importance of what we put into our bodies.
Getting Closer to Our Food: There is a growing trend of people wanting to start their own small farms and supporting local farmers through farmer's markets. This desire to be closer to the food we eat highlights our understanding of the importance of a deeper connection with our sustenance. Yet, many people, particularly those in urban areas like Manhattan, often find it difficult to make time for healthy food choices despite having the resources to do so. It is crucial to realign our priorities and invest in our well-being by taking the necessary actions to get closer to the food we consume.
Redefining Convenience: To have a healthier relationship with convenience, it's essential to redefine our understanding of it. Instead of valuing quick and processed meals, we should seek out local, organic, and nutrient-dense options. Visiting farms, meeting local farmers, and exploring farmer's markets can become fun social activities. Consider going with friends who are also on a health journey or finding alternative ways to integrate these experiences into your life. By embracing the process of seeking out nutritious food, we begin to appreciate the value of convenience that aligns with our well-being.
Practicing Selective Fasting: Selective fasting is a practice I have incorporated into my travel routine. Rather than adhering to a strict fasting schedule, I focus on appetite control and intuitive eating. This approach allows me to listen to my body and eat when I am truly hungry. For example, during a recent trip, I decided to fast for 24 hours after eating breakfast. This impromptu fast not only provided me with a boost of energy but also helped me avoid the temptation of filling myself with unhealthy food simply for the sake of convenience.
Balancing Fasting and Nourishment: While fasting can offer numerous health benefits, it is essential to strike a balance and ensure you receive adequate nutrition. If you practice intermittent fasting once a week, you can view your macronutrient intake from a weekly perspective rather than solely focusing on daily macros. During the days following a fast, aim to consume an additional meal each day, with a particular emphasis on protein. Protein is the key to recovery, rest, and optimal workout performance. By taking a holistic approach to your nutritional needs, you can maintain a well-rounded and nourishing diet while incorporating regular fasting practices.
Traveling does not have to be a hindrance to your health journey. By reevaluating our relationship with convenience, fostering a closer connection to the food we eat, and practicing selective fasting, we can ensure that our travels support our overall well-being. Remember, it's not about perfection, but the conscious choices we make along the way that contribute to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
In this episode, you'll discover:
- Sean and Latt emphasize the challenge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling and highlights the importance of redefining convenience.
- The growing trend of supporting local farmers and starting small farms is discussed, emphasizing the need to align priorities with well-being.
- Focusing on appetite control and intuitive eating instead of strict schedules, sharing personal experiences of impromptu fasting during trips.
Dr. Latt Mansor:
You're a very active person. I know that you go outdoors and all that, and you travel a lot. How do you meet that nutrition pattern? Or, are you that type who says, do as I say, not as I do?
I'm actually proud to say that I eat well. I think I do that. It, of course, there are other challenges that pose themselves as you're traveling or, like I mentioned before around other people.
Let's talk first about just like the traveling aspect, because I think that's where a lot of people get lost. Actually, what I want to talk about is convenience. That's more important, and I think we need to recondition ourselves as humans. To understand if can the value of convenience because we're overvaluing.
And now here's like a little story. One of the happiest and healthiest people I know is my friend Scott McDonald. Okay, he lives in upstate New York. He has a small farm. He has a well, gets natural spring water, right? And before he had that. He would, on Saturdays and Sundays, drive around to local farms to get his eggs, his red meat, his local vegetables all from Regenerative Organic Farms.
He'd take two, three, five gallon jugs to a spring, fill it up, and it would take him maybe three hours on a Saturday or Sunday, maybe four hours. Then we have people that maybe live in Manhattan that may and Scott, I have no idea. He was making a very modest income, right? Then we have people that maybe live in Manhattan that make 900, 000 a year running some big company that don't have the time or resources to eat healthy food, right?
And I'm like, I just look at that priority as completely wrong, right? And it's because we're overvaluing convenience versus what we put in our body. Which is really backwards. If you think about it, there's a big trend now, people wanting to start their own, small farms or, everyone's shopping at like farmer's markets.
Like we know we need to be closer to the food that we eat. And yet we're not taking those actions. So the biggest thing that I've done in the last year. We just understand that, hey, the process of going to a farm and meeting the local farmer, like that's a fun social activity, go with friends that also are on this health journey with you, or, whatever that next step is for you, doesn't have to be, that but really.
Looking at your relationship with convenience is really important. And what are you doing with that additional time that we're getting back? We talked about travel. For me, practicing selective fasting is important. I don't fast. I guess in traditional sense, I try to cut off dinner early.
I don't eat breakfast till after my workout. So maybe 14, 16 hours a day. Sometimes it's 12, sometimes it's less, I don't really measure. I try to really go off intuitive if I'm hungry, but it's important to understand in my point of view is like appetite control. So for example, I, we had a day recently, we ate breakfast and we drove in the car to Jacksonville we stopped and, got food, we're in the airport, landed, and I had to drive to my family's house, it's one of the holidays, I just decided after breakfast I wasn't going to eat.
I did a 24 hour impromptu fast till the next day. I felt great energy, but I'm not going to fill myself with bad food just because it's convenient, right? And then, everything, there are tremendous health benefits to a fast. It's also fun discipline practice. But, every decision we make has a, has an effect to it, like the other side, right?
And the other side is you obviously can't fast every day. You'll be, you won't have, enough calories, nutrition. So I overcome, say for the next three days, I tried to just eat an additional meal every day. Really just focusing on protein. Because I think. Proteins, king.
And I think overall, instead of seeing like daily macros, if you're fasting, this once a week kind of thing you can look at it from a weekly point of view as well. It's like overall, you've got to take the macronutrient that you need in order to recover well and rest well and work out well.
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