Delicious food for plane travel!

Happy new year to you!

I hope you had a restful and recharging break!

What food is easy and nutritious to travel with?

I recently found myself on another plane, but this time well prepared and I wanted to share some information with you on what I do prior to plane travel, that helps me. 

On Christmas Eve, I travelled from Cairns to Brisbane and then drove to Ballandean (Granite belt country).  I picked up my partner from work about lunchtime & we travelled together down south.  First there was a 2 hour plane trip and then a 3 hour drive to Ballandean, with my parents included.  My parents drove us from the airport to Ballandean so I thought there may be a few people to feed on the 3 hour car journey.  I knew that my partner would be hungry after a full morning of work (last day for the year and he’s the boss) and then straight on a plane with the need to get on the road, at the other end, ASAP to make it for Christmas Eve celebrations at his parents.  So I prepared a whole lot of food.  

Aside from our longish commute, I do believe it’s always good to be prepared when jumping on a plane because the food is often so processed.   If you happen to opt for a ‘healthy’ sandwich the bread is often white and causes bloating or all kinds of nasty things that you don’t want while trapped in a small compartment with strangers.

So I thought I’d share a few ideas of what you could take when travelling on a plane that can either be sealed in zip lock bags or throw away containers so they don’t end up being extra luggage for your trip.  The zip lock bags can also be washed out and used on the return journey if you need to save space in your luggage.

The foods that I prepared for us included:

·       2x whole roasted sweet potatojust roast the whole sweet potato (skin on) in the oven on a tray and walk away and do other things.  Give it about 40-60mins.  It will be deliciously soft and able to be pulled apart and sprinkled with sea salt when ready to eat.  

·       Home made hommus

·       Raw dehydrated crackers that I had made in bulk after wanting to use my left over veggie pulp from my juicer.

·       Feta cheese to have as something a little decadent on the plane with our crackers.  That nice salty taste to create variety.  This was left over in the fridge.  I personally feel better without dairy in my diet however my partner likes it.  Organic is a must if you are going to choose to eat any dairy.  As I write this though, my partner is currently trialing 30 days of no dairy to see how it agrees for him.  

·       Festive cherries bought fresh from Rusty’s Market for our trip.  There were so many we got to share them with the family when we arrived.

·       Home grown pineapplethis was special for sure!  Not an easy addition to every plane trip as they do take 2 years to growbut wow!  It was the sweetest, juiciest, delicious pineapple I’ve ever had!

·       Raw cakeI had a small love heart shaped Chilli Maca Chocolate Pie frozen in my freezer that I thought we could share and enjoy.  

·       Bliss balls are another great option!  I have a simple recipe on my blog as well as a new recipe/ingredients list on my Facebook page.

·       Smoothies and or juices are also a fabulous choice when travelling!  

·       Water is so under-estimated as well.  I always over hydrate before hopping on a plane.  When we are dehydrated we often feel hungry which causes us to eat unnecessarily.  When we are stuck in a chair on a long flight we can also choose to eat unnecessarily, which is another reason to over hydrate.  I often get caught out on international flights and have to skull my 1L bottle of water at security.  I actually found this beneficial the first time it happened because I got off the plane feeling absolutely fine rather than dry and bloated and all of those awful plane flight symptoms.  I try to drink at least 2L before an early morning flight and 3L or more before a later flight during the day.  It doesn’t bother me so much having to get up to go to the toilet because I get to stretch my legs and get the blood flowing.

As you can see I went well overboard, but had no idea how hungry we would all get, on the 5 hour journey.  It’s better to have more than end up eating plane food!  These photos aren’t particularly clear but give you an idea of easy foods to take on the plane.  In the tupperware container (above) there is hommus and a little feta.  Along with some dehydrated crackers and sweet potato. Below, in the container, is the raw cake as well as pineapple & cherries.



I would love to hear what you take on planes to fill your hungry tummy?  

I hope 2014 is off to a fabulous healthy start for you!  If you’re wanting health advice or coaching or perhaps a detox or cleanse  from all of the Christmas festivities, please book in for a consultation to ensure you start the year off on the right foot!  Also follow me on Facebook to get food ideas, recipes, tips, links and inspiration to help you out when you feel like you need that boost!

Janelle.

Preparation for a juice fast

It’s nearing the end of the year…can you believe it?!!

I’m loving the hot weather in Cairns and the build up to Christmas holidays with family and friends.  I have to say I also LOVE the peaches that are in season at this time of year!  I simply love sitting still and enjoying the smell of a ripe organic peach before launching in for my first bite 

In the lead up to Christmas remember that it doesn’t need to be a time to stuff yourself silly on foods that make you feel bloated and yuck.  It can be a healthy, delicious and enjoyable time with loads of whole food treats and meals to share of greater nutrition value and flavour without the awful feeling post meal.  Please come in and see me for an appointment or ask if you are wanting help to ensure that you can enjoy your Christmas without the feeling of being bloated and hungover on sugar.    

I’m really excited that I have been invited to assist in facilitating a juice fast in Bali, with Tyler Tolman and Don Tolman, before the year is out.  Wow!  What an opportunity!  This father and son pair have a passion for whole foods and fasting with an emphasis on the 7 principles of health.  Don has spent many years researching different cultures and their practices surrounding health.  Both have the most amazing knowledge and brains.  A wealth of information!

I leave for Bali tomorrow and I have been working my body towards a juice fast over the last 3 days.  These initial steps of transitioning to raw allow the body to begin detoxing with lighter, cleaner foods before stepping in to the realm of just juice and water.   For the first 2 days I have eaten only raw foods (eg. raw zucchini pesto pasta, lots of fresh fruit (watermelon, peaches, pineapple), dairy free/sugar free smoothies, acai bowls, lightly steamed broccoli, kombucha, etc).  Today I have transitioned on to juices and will continue on that while taking a colon cleanse powder blend with bentonite clay in it, to assist in drawing toxins out.  It goes without saying that hydration is key also!  I always have 1L of water upon waking and ensure that my fluids are kept up during the day.  I am consuming an easy 3L plus per day at the moment.

I will stay on this juice cleanse prior to arriving in Bali as I am wanting to be at my best to assist in the facilitation of the juice fast (i.e. I don’t want to be detoxing myself).  I am there to support others during their fasting experience and therefore want to be feeling on top of things by Saturday.  It is common to find the first 3 days of juice fasting the most challenging, hence why I have started on raw and transitioned to juice in the week leading up to the community juice fast in Bali, beginning on Saturday.

The group of people gathering together in Bali will be from all walks of life, with different health histories and different daily practices.  The detox symptoms of each and every one of them will be different.  If you are choosing to join us via the virtual online juice fast, please remember this and be kind to yourself.  We are all unique.

A supportive community makes a juice fast so much easier!  Come and join in the fun…here is the link to join the FREE 7 day juice fast in Bali, online…

http://www.onlinejuicefast.com/nov-fast 

 Fasting gives the digestive system a break allowing it to rest and repair.  This regenerates the organs and gives the body an opportunity to cleanse.  With the emphasis on the 7 principles of health (hydration, air, exercise, whole foods, passions, relationships and sunshine) along with enemas the body is able to cleanse and repair.  A can’t wait to support and share in this experience with others, over the next week!

I am looking at facilitating a juice fast in Cairns next year.  It is such a perfect location surrounded by delicious tropical produce.  If you are interested in joining the juice fast or have a great idea for a venue please reply below, comment on my Seeds Of Health Facebook page, email (janellecarolyn@gmail.com) or call me (0438 733 103).  

 

Tyler and Rachelle Tolman have hosted many online juice fasts this year allowing the online community to grow with 1700 members currently.  It is a place where you can ask questions and share your thoughts.  A perfect platform to fast from if you are unable to join us in person.  Good luck if you’re choosing to join us on this amazing journey of fasting, which starts this Saturday!  

I’m really looking forward to assisting those who are joining us in Bali this Saturday!  I also look forward to sharing my experience on the other side 

Janelle