Sophie’s Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

We were on the road for pretty much the entire holiday season. The first weekend of December, we went to Washington, D.C. for one of Adi’s work talks. I grew up in D.C. and was so excited to see my bestie and her kiddos, who happen to be the same ages as my kids. The following week, we were in Colorado for the wedding of one of my other best friends from childhood. The event was truly lovely and the scenery was so beautiful! Shortly after we got home from Colorado, we headed out for a huge holiday trip to see family in Israel in mid-December. We spent two incredible weeks in Israel and a wild couple of days in Paris, where we transferred flights, on each end of our trip.

Traveling can be tough, especially when you have kids in tow, but that’s no excuse to let your nutrition and fitness routines slip. In fact, taking care of your body during travel is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay healthy, energized, and able to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Here are a few tricks that helped me stay centered and feeling my best during our busy travel schedule this holiday season.

 

Get Active in the Airport

Do simple, no-equipment-necessary exercises, like yoga, stretches, sit-ups, lunges, or squats, in a quiet corner while you have downtime in the airport. Go for a long walk to grab a magazine or water instead of grabbing something from the most convenient shop. There are so many simple ways to move your body and stay active during transit, which can help you avoid getting antsy or stiff during the flight. If you have an extra-long layover, like we did in Paris, get out of the airport and find a gym or indoor pool to get a little workout in. We did this with the kids in Paris and it really helped them get their energy out before the long flight home.

 

Map Out the Market

The minute we get to where we are staying, we figure out where the closest market / farmers market / health food store is and immediately stock the house with fresh veggies and fruit, almond milk and other necessities. I love seeing what's local and fresh wherever we go. It's so fun to introduce the kids to new fruits and veggies! If you're staying in a hotel or condo, request a mini fridge and a blender. Sometimes they will bring it with no extra charge! Start to scope out healthy places to go, juice bars, cafes, yoga studios, etc. on yelp, and definitely be sure to go where the locals go! 

  

Pack Healthy Travel Snacks 

One of the most impactful things you can do to stay on track while traveling is packing healthy food to nosh on. Fueling our bodies with good stuff keeps us feeling nourished and balanced while we trek around the world together. Having a snack can also be a great distraction for the kids when they start getting fidgety on the plane or in the car. When I'm packing the kids toys/our stuff for the plane, I also plan our meals and snacks for the plane. It's so simple. I just pack as if I’m taking lunch to work. If you don't have the time to prep a meal, go to whole foods and grab prepackaged foods, sushi, etc., or go to the salad bar at your local grocery store and pack a huge salad. I've yet to be on a flight where they provide an awesome salad, so I just bring my own so I can get plenty of leafy greens and healthy food (instead of overpriced junk food) while in the air. Before traveling, I make sure to stock up on tons of flight-friendly, nourishing snacks to have both while we are in transit and during our stay. Here are a few of my favorites! 

 

Homemade Trail Mix

Carob chips, almonds and Goji Berries can last forever in your suitcase and can be a real pick-me-up.  You can also carry some organic dates, prunes, unsalted walnuts, and unsalted cashews . These are the same kind of ingredients that you’ll find in most energy bars, but more natural and with far less packaging.  

Kaleifornia Love “The Lover” Cookie

This cookie is gluten-fee, vegan, non-GMO, and has no refined sugar. It’s made of cashews, dates, maple syrup, cacao, cacao butter, vanilla and sea salt. It’s totally organic and tastes very sweet! I also love that they use 100% biodegradable materials in their packaging. 

 

Detox Tea + Sleepy Time Teas

I always travel with detox tea because my tummy gets pretty weird the first few days after traveling. This is great to have while in the air, too for digestive help.  I also love the way sleepy time tea helps with jet lag be letting me get to sleep when I actually want to. 

 

Granola Bitch Granola

This granola is great to add to Greek yogurt or a parfait while at the airport or to top a smoothie with when you get to where you’re staying. I always request to have a blender in the room if we are staying at a hotel. Obviously staying with friends and family helps with this factor a lot. 

 

Gluten-free Oatmeal Packages

These are awesome when in a pinch. They provide a great source of fiber and you can easily to mix Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends in for extra nutrients. All you need is hot water and, voila! 

 

Nib More Dark Chocolate

Any good dark chocolate makes a great travel snack and this one is my go-to for when I want something sweet or need more energy. This is an especially good option to have in place of the high-calorie, nutritionally empty desserts that are often served on flights. Just grab your delicious, antioxidant-rich chocolate bar, and pass on whatever is being offered.

 

 

Justin’s Organic Almond Butter

I love to get these in single serve packages. They are an amazingly easy, delicious snack that has filling healthy fats. Just open and squeeze into your mouth, add on a cracker, or add to a smoothie or oats!

Nana Joes Ocean Beach Bar

This bar is so delicious and is handmade in San Francisco. It has almond butter, coffee + Cacao nibs inside. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and made with delicious sea salt and oats. It serves as an awesome breakfast bar or a snack in between meals. I love all their granolas, too! 

  

Of course, I also always pack Philosophie Superfoods to add to smoothies, yogurt, oats, etc! 

  

How do you stay healthy when you travel? Share your tips in the comments below or on The Philosophie Facebook Page!

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Glowy Berry Bliss Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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If you like your bowl on the thicker side, I recommend starting off with a small amount of almond milk and adding it in increments until you get your desired consistency. You can also add more ice or use a frozen banana to make it even thicker :)

And NO smoothie bowl is complete without an assortment of superfood toppings so go wild when it comes to layering on the granola, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs, and fresh fruit!

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Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender and then pour into bowl. Top with whatever superfoods your heart desires! My favorites are granola, chia and hemp seeds for omegas, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, or organic berries!

How do you like your smoothie bowls? Thin? Thick? With a TON of berries? A dash of bee pollen? Share your bowls with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!

Taurus Moon Magic

I’ve been thinking about the moon a lot lately...my birthday is coming up on April 30th, my moon + sun signs are in Taurus, and the New Moon is in Taurus on the 26th! Over the past 3 years, I’ve actually done a lot of personal study on the moon and just signed up to be officially trained in June! I couldn't be more excited. I've been hosting moon circles – both full moon and new moon gatherings – for the past 2 years, and I want to continue offering such a beautiful ritual to my sisters and community.

Keep reading though to learn more about the Taurus Moon + how you can harness its powerful energy! 

This is a general reading, as your sun sign is going to interact specifically with this moon in more unique ways. In astronomy, the New Moon is the first phase of the Moon, when its orbit is seen from the earth –  the moment when the moon + the sun have the same ecliptic longitude. During this phase, the moon is farthest away from us on earth.

The New Moon is therefore a great time for setting new intentions, for attracting new people into your life, for beginning new projects, for interviewing for jobs, and for simply allowing new opportunities to unfold.

This earthy new moon in Taurus is here to help you ground and reconnect with your inner pleasure goddess and passionate being. We are taking the energy and seed that was planted from the Spring Equinox and are beginning to crack open and extend our intentions toward the warming sun. Take the energy of Spring and allow it to inspire you, like a strong beautiful tree.

How can you make your world more beautiful? How can you make your life more beautiful? Start with your home and work outwards. Spring cleanse your entire home, ridding yourself of what no longer serves you. Haven't worn it in months? Donate it. Haven't played with it in awhile? Give it away. From there, start to work through your behaviors and patterns. What isn't serving you any longer? Maybe this is a time to do a 5-Day Philosophie cleanse.

Really take this New Moon energy in Taurus to challenge yourself to grow into a new being. You have the opportunity to connect with a new version of yourself. This will include some uncomfortable moments, as healing and change always does, but it will be so worth it. Give yourself permission to be free and create a life of joy, something that only YOU know to be your dream reality.

During this time, use our Magic Moon Satchels to connect more deeply with the moon and her power. The moon is a celestial anchor that will help you make more sense of your world, both inner and outer. All you have to do is tune in.

What magical new beginnings are you creating while the New Moon is in Taurus? Share with me on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie!

 

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Just as I look after my house and fill it with positive energy by lighting candles, keeping it nice + tidy, and decorating with magical items that give me and my family so much joy, I feel the same way about our planet! We need to protect, preserve, and nurture our world so that it can continue being a lovely home for all of us, as well as for our kids and their kids.

One of the best ways to ensure that our earth stays beautiful is by teaching our babies to love and care for it as much as we do. Here are 5 ways that I share my passion for Mother Nature with Kai and Leo and hope to pass it on to them:

1) Play with your kids OUTSIDE.

Nature walks. Beach sandcastles. Wave jumping. Yoga in the garden. Camping trips. These are all fantastic ways to get your kids to learn that some of the greatest moments are when we connect to our roots and play outside, wild + free.

2) Cultivate their curiosity and sense of wonder.

Take you kiddies to natural history museums, science centers, and national parks. Make the library a weekly treat and help them check out books on their favorite animals or faraway places. Snuggle up and watch Planet Earth or March of the Penguins. Ignite their love for the world and all it has to offer.

3) Show your kids where their food comes from.

Take them to a blueberry farm. Swing by an aqueduct on a family road trip. Make your kids regulars at the farmers market. While this sparks an early appreciation for earth and its super yummy gifts, it also helps kids eat more nourishing, colorful fruits + veggies!

4) Teach your kids to thoughtfully collect, use, and let go of items.

Guide them in choosing quality over quantity, show them that less is more, and explain that we must take care of what we do own so that it lasts longer. Fast fashion and takeout containers aren’t good for our world so we should teach them to opt for goods that last, can be repaired, or can be thoughtfully given away, recycled, or composted when it’s time to part ways.

5) Share what’s going on in the news.
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I’d love to hear your tips on how to pass on a love for the planet to the next gen–share them with me on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie + #EarthOptimism!

Cacao Magic + Chameleon Cold-Brew Smoothie Recipe

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If you happen to prefer a warm, soothing drink over an iced cold brew or frosty smoothie though, you can also heat up their cold brew and make a magical tonic or elixir!

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Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

I’d love to see your superfood shakes, iced lattes, and tonics featuring Chameleon Cold-Brew! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest + tag us in your pics with #PhilosophieSuperfoods and #ChameleonColdBrew!

 

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I'd love to see pics of your gorgeous acai bowls! Please share them with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods! 

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I've been reading these 4 books with Kai since he was a baby. Now he and Leo read them together, and I'll often come in and join them for a flow. It's so fun for all of us! 

When Kai was 4, he was even LEADING Leo through 25 minute yoga classes without any breaks! It's been one of the most beautiful + impressive things I've ever witnessed and just goes to show that it's NEVER too early to teach them.

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2) You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

 

3) Babar's Yoga For Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff

4) Little Gurus - A Yoga Discovery Book by Olaf Hajek (gorgeous pictures, no words but great for imaginative yoga)

I'd LOVE to see cute pics of your kids doing yoga. Please share them with us on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie!
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