In this post I share what I eat after traveling on long flights - in this case from America to Switzerland and Switzerland to China. Long-haul flights can do a number on my digestion!
I don't know about you guys, but my stomach is always all wacky during and after traveling, especially when planes are involved. The change in pressure, the hours of sitting, and the lack of privacy always leaves me with a bloated, uncomfortable tummy. I always look forward to having better digestion once we get back home and start up a normal eating routine again.
Today I thought I'd share with you what I ate the day after our 5 days of travel from America, through Switzerland, and then home to China.
We had a 9 hour flight, two jam packed days in Switzerland, a 10 hour flight, a 3 hour flight, and then another 1 hour flight.
The lack of sleep, constant snacking but no full meals, lugging bags around and dealing with airline employees got me so ready to be home and eating my own food.
What to eat after traveling
Whenever I get back from a long trip, I love to incorporate lots of water, fruits and veggies into my diet. Lots of liquids and fiber helps my body to get back on track and feel normal. Additionally, if I can get my hands on some lemons right when I get home, then I especially like to start my day with lemon water to help get my digestion back on track.
Let's look at everything I ate the day after returning to China from 2 ½ weeks of travel!
I didn't have any lemons on hand, so I just drank a bunch of water first thing when I woke up. Water is like coffee to me. It waked me up and gets my body moving...if ya know what I mean.
After about a liter of water, I ate chia and flax oatmeal with ½ of a banana and cinnamon cooked in and topped with my all time favorite nut butter TJ's cashew butter, which I brought back with me from the states. This breakfast was perfect as all the fiber from the flaxseeds and chia seeds additionally helped my stomach to get back on track.
Since jet lag woke me up at 3:30 and I ate breakfast around 5 AM, I was really hungry by 10 AM. I decided to have a bit of a healthy treat and made some banana ice cream with a chopped square bar on top and peanut flour and cacao sauce drizzle on top. SO GOOD!
When Brett and I were in Switzerland we had an amazing Broccoli, Potato, and Cauliflower Soup from the cutest restaurant and I new at first bite that I needed to recreate it. So I did! This soup doesn't look like much, but it's delicious and full of nutrients. I ate a bowl with the last of my pretzels from America.
After the soup I still felt a little hungry so I had a juicy apple.
I went to a friends birthday celebration in the afternoon and surprisingly the cake she made was vegan! I had a piece along with some random chips. It was delicious and a fun treat!
Dinner was a classic bowl of rice, roasted veggies and Sriracha. Simple and satisfying! And as always, I went back for more veggies.
That's everything I ate! I loved everything and there were lots of fruits and veggies involved as well as some fun treats.
What do you eat after a long flight?
- Do you have digestion problems when you travel?
- How do you get "back on track" after travel?
- What's the longest flight you've been on?