I still remember it like it was yesterday. The heart flutters of the unknown, the jet-lag, the feeling of lightness, a new beginning. It seems so long ago, yet at the same time, not at all.
5 years ago I stepped off a plane in Australia with no plan other than to try something new.
Where would I stay? For how long would I stay? How would I manage through the blazing hot Queensland summer soon approaching?
This wasn’t a flippant decision, not to have a plan.
The better part of the decade past had been spent first journeying through some difficult health challenges, along with an unhappy marriage, which ultimately lead to divorce. Accompanied by study and training of these holistic health practices, that I’d come to know and love so much, as my own wellbeing continued to improve. So after those years of trying, doing, fixing, learning and implementing, I was craving a different approach.
So I embarked on my journey, with no set plan, no “must happens”, just calm acceptance.
I’d come a long way over the years.
When you’re suffering, or feeling stuck in life, it’s so easy to grasp for the answers. All the answers. All the practical advice. The solutions, the supplements, the diet, the guru — we ask: what will fix my suffering and what will fix it right now?
Having recently been on a few trips, including the long-haul flight from Australia to the US – you guys have been asking heaps of questions about how I eat well and enjoy myself during travel, all the while sticking with my dietary awarenesses (gluten free, grain-free, dairy free, sugar free, peanut free – basically Whole30 and AIP).
And while we’re in the midst of the holiday season, I’m sure many of you are gearing up for some travel, and you might be feeling a little overwhelmed about how to stick to eating real food during all the social events and being away from your own kitchen/home. No worries. I got you covered!
I have been traveling overseas for more than a decade now, and while I make the conscious choice to prioritize positive thoughts and attitudes, quality food and water, I have totally felt anxiety in the past when it comes to food and travel. Over the years however, I’ve learnt what’s worth stressing about and what isn’t, as well as the systems I’ve put in place so I can enjoy my time away, and spend much less time in my head wondering where my next “safe” meal will come from.
We all choose to prioritize our health for different reasons, so whether you just don’t want to be bloated on vacay, or you’re following a specific dietary protocol for health reasons (i.e. celiac, autoimmune paleo, diabetes, Whole30, etc), these are my best strategies to fuel and nourish your whole body while on the road.
Welcome September. My favorite time of year in the Pacific Northwest. Today marks my first September in the US in 5 years. Wow!
People often ask me if I like Australia or the States more… and to me, that is like asking a mother which child she loves more. There is no answer.
I can say this much: moving across the world changed my health for the better. Is that because of location? Well, there are definitely things about the Australian climate that make my body sing, but mostly, it’s because I followed my heart. And that’s not dependent on location.
Eating well and taking care of your body are important, as we all know, but if you’re not listening within, it’s like trying to run up an escalator that’s going down. You can drink all the organic green smoothies in the world, but you’ll be missing a huge part of the puzzle, and wasting a lot of time worrying and wondering why things aren’t happening the way you try so hard to make them happen.
Listen to your body,
She’s speaking to you.
When it comes to your health, there is no ‘destination’.
Stop comparing yourself!
Do what YOU can. And that’s enough.
And sometimes what you really need, is to take a step back…
Do you need more rest, or are you under a lot of stress?