Ayurvedic Travel

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I travel a lot for work lately and have had a hard time balancing.  I’m a Vata-Pitta with Kapha imbalances.  I have autoimmune stuff which also means gluten free, dairy free, almond, peanut, egg free living.  I’m vegetarian by preference but eat fish once in a while when I can’t get a sufficient meal or it’s what my mom serves at Christmas. ;) Anyhow, as you probably know from travel, much of what’s good for balancing is not GF/DF/Veg.  Lately though, have had severe bloating/weight gain, cystic acne (along jawline), and constipation.  My diet is mostly vegetables, salads, fruits, nuts, seeds, dried fruits…. what’s a gal to do?!

Hi Kasi!

Thanks for your question and I’m sorry the traveling is taking it’s toll on you! In general, traveling is very vata increasing. Flying, specifically, is vata-increasing because you are high up in the air (vata is made of air and space), you are moving super fast, it’s cold up there, and the air is thin and dry. Hellooooo, all those things are vata! Not to mention, being away from home shakes our ground because it’s not home. Too much time zipping here and there will definitely show you signs of vata imbalance and possibly stress (acne) too.

My biggest tips while traveling are:

• Do full-body warm oil massages daily with long strokes on the long bones and circles around the joints. {Take a small bottle of oil with you, use the coffee pot in the hotel room to get hot water – brew nothing and let the water run through – place the oil bottle in it to warm the oil}
• Or, get oil massages from a professional while you travel! If the hotel has them or if you can find a place they recommend, this is crucial for you. It’s not a luxury, it’s a must.
• If you are open to having ghee, have 1 tsp or 1 tbsp ghee in a small glass of warm water first thing in the morning.
• Travel with prunes, soak 3-4 of them over night and eat in the morning on empty stomach, daily until you are regular. You can drink lots of warm water and tea until you poop (should be 3-4 hours later). Don’t eat anything else until you go.
• No salads or raw vegetables. They can cause constipation and are vata-aggravating. Instead choose steamed veggies when dining out and adding sauce will help keep you satisfied and nourished.
• Fresh fruits, steamed veggies, rice bowls or soups, and warm foods will be best. Almonds are a great snack. Dried fruit can be also, just eat them separately instead of in a trail mix — it’s easier on digestion.
• Drink tons of water, all day. Drink more than you think you need and no ice (vata-aggravating).
• Do a daily brisk walk for 20-30 minutes to get your digestive fire going.
• And if you are not hungry, don’t eat. Skip a meal to give your digestion a chance to catch up.

All that said, really make sure your veggies and fruits are cooked for now. Salads and raw veggies will bloat you like nobody’s business. Make sure you have warm, moist foods like veggie dishes with rice and sauce, soups, baked apples, good fats in meals and herbal teas! Eating this way will satiate you so you eat less. It will also reduce bloating because your foods are easier to digest. Try this and let me know if you start to feel better!!

 

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3 Responses to Ayurvedic Travel

  1. Tammy says:

    HeyMonicaB,
    How do you travel with ghee? Last summer we went to the beach and I could not find it any store? I don’t want to go a day without ghee! It is such a strong factor in keeping me regular at home, let alone traveling.
    Thank you, Tammy

  2. karina says:

    Monica, could this also be a hormonal imbalance (esp. in light of jawline acne)? If so, does Ayurveda specifically address hormonal life-shifts in women?

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