If there’s one person who knows a thing or two about staying healthy whilst travelling, it’s Jessica Sepel. Splitting her time between Sydney and LA and jumping on and off planes everywhere in between, Jess has got this whole travel thing down pat.
“In Sydney I pack a JSHealth lunch box of raw nuts, seeds, health bars, salad, kale chips and dark chocolate,” Jess tells Sporteluxe. “When I land in LA, I head straight to the local supermarket and stock up my apartment with healthy produce. I also ensure I don’t drink alcohol in the first few days after my arrival. This allows my body time to re-adjust and heal.”
Read on to hear more of her thoughts about staying on top of your health and wellness goals en route:
“They are definitely getting better. There are quite a few salad bars in airports as well as newsagents that stock healthy bars and raw nuts, which is helpful. I always aim to find a spot that has fresh salad and veggies so I can get those nutrients in. But I do always carry my own food and snacks, just in case!”
“I’d love to see lots more fresh food or salad bars to meet the needs of people with different dietary needs. It would be amazing to have healthy juice and smoothie bars that contains nutritionally balanced options—and aren’t loaded with sugar and processed fruit juice.”
Whether or not Jess eats food served on planes depends on if they offer a healthy meal of fresh fish and vegetables. “If the options are limited, I just stick to my healthy snack and enjoy a really yummy fresh meal when I land. It’s great to just enjoy the light snacks I’ve prepared for myself. This always guarantees that I feel good upon arrival.”
“Plane food is often quite high in sugar and salt. It’s really best to avoid the carb-heavy, creamy or gravy-based meals and stick to the vegetable and protein dish. I think airlines are really trying to do the best to offer at least one healthy option. It’s also best to avoid the sweet snacks or desserts offered. I prefer to snack on dark chocolate and almonds.”