I’m in Dallas for the rest of the week at the Institute for Functional Medicine’s annual conference. This year’s conference is all about energy. We’ll be hearing about mitochondria – the little organelles in our cells that make energy and the food that keeps our cells healthy enough to make energy. We’ll listen to talks about brain, heart, and gut health, tissue repair and athletic performance. EMF radiation and how it impacts us, to the therapeutic, healing energies of compassion, intention, and connection. I’m sure my brain will be full when I get home!
Of course, for me, having the ability to keep up with all this will take energy too and so when I travel for something this intense, I make sure I arrive prepared with some foods that I know will get my mornings going on the right foot and keep my energy up throughout the day.
More and more, I’m packing food when I travel and eating out less and I prefer it this way. It saves me time and money, and it gives me greater control over what I’m eating. It also helps me handle and recover from a trip more quickly and reduce my chances of getting sick. Even this morning, on my early flight, my breakfast was leftover chickpea salad that I threw together last night for dinner. “Chickpea salad for breakfast?” you may be wondering. Yes, it worked for me!
As I was unpacking here at the hotel, I laughed because it seemed like I had more food than clothing in my suitcase. And as I piled it on the desk, I decided I would share with you what I brought so that you could see that it is possible to travel and eat healthy. I carried a couple of the items myself, but the rest were stowed away with the cargo.
In the picture above, there’s whole oats, hemp seeds and a protein/green powder mix in recycled glass jars, almond milk, wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, avocados, green apples, lemons, cucumbers, and some teas. For the most part, it’s a relatively simple combination of foods. I’ll be eating some meals out too, but there’s plenty of great options here to begin my day and to keep me full, keep my brain working, and keep me energized.
Here’s the thing. There will always be an excuse to start eating healthy ‘tomorrow’. There will be that vacation, or wedding, or birthday dinner, or barbecue, or conference. Yet, it is possible to eat healthy and enjoy life. It doesn’t have to be a one or the other, and I’d like to suggest that life will be more enjoyable when eating in a way that works for your body, mind, and spirit, becomes your way of life.