Although airports and airlines do their best to make flying as pleasant an experience as possible, it can still be a tiring affair that leaves you needing a day or two to recover. However, wise travellers know a few tricks when it comes to eating right that can make flying a far more enjoyable experience.
As part of its new Food on the Fly booklet, Heathrow Airport has compiled a brilliant list of these tips on how to eat when travelling. Putting even just a few of these into action can transform you from a grumpy flier to a fresh jetsetter!
Sucking sweets or chewing gum can help to reduce stress levels before take-off. The release of saliva tells your brain that you're not in danger!
Stock up on healthy snacks before boarding the plane. This allows you to graze on nutritious titbits such as nuts, dried fruit, oatcakes and cereal bars during the flight and make sure hunger isn't added to the other stresses travel places on your body.
Munching on a banana just before boarding your plane can calm pre-flight nerves. When your body is busy digesting, it tends to be in a calmer state.
Hell or high water
Make every effort to stay hydrated. Even if this means a few more trips to the bathroom, don't be shy about regularly asking flight attendants for a glass of water, especially on long-haul flights to Australia and the like! Around 250ml - or one glass - an hour will do the trick.
If you're on a night flight and want to sleep, order a carbohydrate-heavy meal. A big plate of pasta or potatoes will help you sleep as your body works hard to digest it. If you need to stay awake, chose a low-carb, protein-rich meal.
If there's a fish option on board and you're felling stressed, choose it! The high omega 3 content is said to improve our ability to deal with stressful situations.
Keep your body's immune system boosted by eating foods rich in vitamin C. Strawberries, oranges, kiwi fruit and pineapple are all rich in the essential nutrient.
An ill wind
Being bloated in the confines of an airline cabin is something to be avoided for the sake of everyone on board! Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can cause bloating, along with fizzy drinks and salty snacks, which should be avoided.
You never know what you might get for breakfast, so bringing your own instant porridge or fruit for breakfast ensures you arrive feeling good. Refined flours in the muffins and pastries some airlines serve can leave you feeling sluggish.
Jet lag blag
Tucking into a protein-rich meal when you arrive at your destination can help you stay awake. This gives your body a head start in adjusting to your new time zone.
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