27 Jun Gut Health from the Back of a Car
How many times have we heard this… the most awesome holiday adventure ever, planned, executed, home again and the exhausted travelers need a holiday to recover. I’m going to call that ‘delayed food coma’, or ‘post-holiday food trauma syndrome’ (hehe). It’s a thing!
Keep your gut health in check when your away. That's the key to keeping your energy up and your mind clear.
With much excitement my little family (well, they’re teenage boys – so… big and smelly family) are heading off in a campervan around Australia. The challenge for the 4 of us is to keep our health tip top while we’re away. Sometimes we feel really well on holiday, there are certain things about holidays that make your health great.
Relaxation. Sunshine. Movement. Sleep.
But not always. We’ve all seen it right? Who here has been on a cruise ship? The food fest is relentless, goes on for days and involves copious amounts of sugar, processed foods, MSG, seed oils and barely any nutrients.
It’s the same on a car trip. Once we hit the road, the easy options are there. Micky D’s with that creepy Ronald dude! KFC! Subway! Hungry Jacks! Red Rooster! Roadside stops! Service stations, and its abhorrent to know that the distribution of fast food outlets aligns with lower socio-economic areas.(1)
We build them where less advanatged people have greater access.
We build them near our schools and you guessed it, strategically pocking our highways so we can keep ourselves fed whien travelling.
There are 160 KFC in Australia, 790 Mcdonalds, 1400 Subways, and that is the tip of the ice berg. According to the Eating Out Australia Guide 2017 we have 29 432 fast food outlets in this country. And where we’re heading – up to the Northern Terrtory, there are a greater percentage than anywhere else.
Our society makes it easy for us to turn to health-destroying foods whenever we are on the road. We eat in our cars. We get sick.
Right! Why am I warbling on about fast food outlets? Well, its because I can’t stand the fact that the food industry has held this addictive, hyperpalatable, disease-causing food right under our noses and then advertised to us… until we felt we were doing ourselves a favor by cruising through the drive-through. Total rubbish!
What I really want, and what this blog will be about… is to show people, step by step how you can travel and keep a fresh, wholefoods, nourishing, gut friendly diet going. How this way of eating will keep my family full of energy to get out there and enjoy the whole of what this glorious country has to offer.
So I’m signing off now – heading out to make some beef jerky – which is light weight and will get us through three months easy peasy.