Before I get into this story, I want you to know there is special request for you at the bottom. You can read this story and arrive upon the special request or skip to the bottom. I put it in bold so you can't miss it. I know we are busy women and time is of the essence.
I wanted to write to you about traveling and staying on track, but truth is, some scenarios are easier than others.
Staying in a hotel with a gym - easier for getting workouts in and usually access to food somewhere where you can get creative.
Staying with family with no car and said family does not eat the same way you do - A LOT more difficult.
Add weather changes, planes and airports on top of that and you have a recipe for disaster. That is exactly what happened to me and Sasja on this last trip to Chicago.
On our second day, I woke up with a terrible headache and I knew it was because my water intake and food was off. We had to travel all the way downtown by train in the snow, on the coldest day of November so far, to get us some fresh juice. On the third day, I finally made it to the gym. But because I was feeling a little ill, I could not go as hard as I would have liked. Thank goodness, the fourth day we were able to get some delicious vegan soul food in our belly. Lasted me the majority of the day and the leftovers took care of the rest of the day! (If you live in Chicago, Majani, is a must eat restaurant!)
I found myself trying to cook when I could, but you already know that no one has the spices you have in the way you like them for the food you enjoy. No kitchen is like your kitchen, so we made do and did the best we could. Luckily, there were no more headaches.
It is now time to travel back home. Our flight is super early so we only napped for 2 hours before the flight and a little bit more during. When we arrived, we had the option to run an important errand now and sleep later or sleep now and run it later. We chose the former and let me tell you, bad idea.
What we did not factor into that decision was running on empty due to sleep, but we were running on empty on all fronts, because our diet was completely off. Instead of refueling and resting, we pushed our bodies and forced them to continue to work for us with nothing in return.
After we finally laid to rest, Sasja woke up with a full on migraine and I woke up with a fever and possibly the flu. This was Tuesday. We are both completely fine today. Well, Sasja was actually better yesterday. The flu held me down a bit longer.
So why am I sharing all this with you? What is the point?
The point is, no one is freaking perfect. Traveling is challenging. Sometimes, it will be smooth and sometimes it won't. Do what you can with what you have available and always listen to your body; it will tell you what you need. If you don't, it will force you to listen like it did to us. Do not, however, use it as an excuse to go backward and stop trying.
Here's how you beat the flu in 2 days:
First, you need a good base. So if you're sick and you have a shitty diet in general, this will not work for you as quickly. If you are someone who has been following us for a while and you're getting in a daily dose of 64oz smoothie with lots of veggies and a handful of flaxseeds plus 96oz of water, then this can work for you.
Here's what you do - Throw everything you have at that damn flu and DO NOT hold back!
- Apple Cider Vinegar (gut health)
- Matcha Green Tea (antioxidants)
- Soup with tons of spices (anti-inflammatory and breaks up mucus)
- Berries (antioxidants)
- Fresh vegetable juice (micronutrients)
- Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Probiotic (boost immune system)
- Warm Salt Water to Gargle (because Grandma said so)
- Fresh ginger tea (anti-inflammatory)
- Lots of sleep (allows all of the above to work)
It is a lot to keep up with it, but your body needs the assistance to fight off the cold and it works every single time. Maybe you don't need all of it. Everyone's body is different, but you won't know until you try and this way you build up your body's defenses to fight off future attacks.
Hope this helps!
We know holiday season is upon us and usually after Thanksgiving, everyone just uses that as a reason to stop caring, because there are more holidays to follow.
The Strong 4 Pole Team is thinking of doing something different. We are thinking of taking the first 3 weeks of December, before most people travel again to be with family, to do a fitness challenge. This way, we can all stay on top of our game and keep our bounce back between travels minimal. Before we create it though, we need to know if you would be into something like this.
If so, reply to this email - "Holiday Fitness Challenge Please!" If we get 20 people to reply, we will hit the ground running on it this weekend.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
- Mia Shante, Strong 4 Pole, Owner