Improve Your On-the-Road Eating Habits

Business travel and road trips can prove to include poor eating habits. There are ways, however, to make your meals and trips heart-healthier.

Take Out

One study recently revealed a significantly higher risk of developing atherosclerosis disease amongst business travelers. Atherosclerosis is a slow, steady, clogging of the arteries. The main culprits in this social business diet are large meals mainly consisting of high-fat foods and lots of alcohol.

Being that cardiovascular disease causes over 17 million deaths annually, it behooves us to be aware of what we’re putting in our bodies. Granted, it’s not just poor eating habits that lend to our risk of heart disease. Lack of exercise, sleep and overwhelming amounts of stress also contribute.

Three Courses

The study examined the health effects of three different types of eating plans. One plan was the Mediterranean diet, which consisted of fruits, veggies, fish, legumes, and nuts. Another was the Western diet, which included red and processed meats, dairy products, and refined grains. And the other, the social-business plan, looked a lot like the Western diet but included more unhealthy snacks and excessive amounts of alcohol.

The results were recently published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. According to fMRI and ultra-sound test results, those who ate the “business” diet revealed a “significantly worse cardiovascular risk profile” than the Mediterranean diet folks.

Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine
Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine

On the Road Again

It can be tough avoiding fast foods when you’re on the road. And sometimes they can seem appealing—until you’re finished with the meal and feel regretful and gross. Here are some tips for making your road trip or business trip healthier overall:

– Drink more water

Drink less sugary beverages and limit alcohol consumption

– Carry around snacks like nuts, low-sugar granola, fruit, and baby carrots

– Avoid red meat; substitute grilled poultry or fish

– Salads are great—keep the dressing healthy and low-fat

– Plan your meal ahead. Figure out when, where, and what, beforehand. With everyone running around, getting “hangry”, you’re bound to make impulsive food decisions.

– If you’re driving, keep a small cooler in the car filled with non-sugary drinks and crunchy raw veggies

– Get good rest. Meetings don’t need to go late into the night. Also, for safety’s sake, you don’t want to be driving when you’re tired. While traveling, “early to bed, early to rise,” is a wise choice.

– Take brisk morning walks. Use hotel swim or gym facilities. Carve out time during the day (even a few minutes) to move your body. Driving and working all day without stretching is awful for your posture (back and neck, too.)

If you’re the kind of person who eats well and lives a healthy lifestyle at home, there’s no reason you can’t continue those behaviors while on the road. Coming home feeling like you need a vacation or a detox isn’t any fun. Safe and restful travels…

Link Between Chronic Pain and Weather

A study conducted in England using a smartphone app measured the correlation between the participants’ pain and the weather outside.

London Fog

The survey, aptly named the “Cloudy Project,” included data from over 9,000 people in Leeds, Norwich, and London. Details were collected over a course of 18 months. The smartphone app recorded daily pain levels of those involved.

The participants plugged in details of their pain on days when they most experienced it. The app already recorded the weather on a daily basis in the person’s location. The results showed that on the days when the pain was most prevalent, the weather was rainy, foggy, or cloudy.

Researchers at the University of Manchester pointed out that lack of sunshine also linked to more bodily aches and pains.

Sweet Spring

The study showed that as winter turned to spring, pain levels dropped. Days when the sun peeked out, fewer complaints of severe pain were recorded.

So how does this information help? Well, for one, a professor involved in the study said that understanding the link between pain and weather can help medical researchers. He believes it will allow them to “explore new pain interventions and treatments.

Other Options

This study will hopefully leads to further studies proving the weather-pain link. This would suggest that living in a sunnier climate may be a better choice if you experience chronic pain.

Alternate options besides pain medication would be to use other natural forms of anti-inflammatory foods and/or herbs.

Foods that reduce inflammation include:

  • Nuts (almonds and walnuts)
  • Green leafy veggies (spinach and kale)
  • Coconut, olive, oregano, and avocado oils
  • Fatty fish (salmon and tuna)
  • Seeded fruits (strawberries, blueberries, and cherries)

Herbs, spices, and teas include:

  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • garlic
  • aloe vera
  • boswellia
  • eucalyptus
  • green tea

Making dietary changes can help relieve inflammation, thus a lot of pain associated with chronic conditions. Adding natural anti-inflammatory items and reducing sugar, white flour, and processed meats and grains should assist you with some pain-reduction.

In the meanwhile, if the weather isn’t fair, perhaps a sunny disposition may do the trick.

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