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Rujuta Diwekar's tips to travel healthy this holiday season

In an extract from her audiobook, Eating in the Age of Dieting, now on Audible, the celebrity nutritionist shares her secrets of travelling without compromising on well-being

Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar (Rujuta Diwekar)

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If you think that travelling this holiday season will inevitably lead to weight gain, a persistent hangover and a general feeling of slot, you are mistaken. Here is what you should be doing to avoid all that, according to celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar.

A MEAL BEFORE YOU FLY

“Eat a wholesome meal before you board the flight—irrespective of whether you are going home or away,” says Rujuta Diwekar. And yes, help your gut. “Before you take a cab or train from the airport, pick up a yoghurt, kefir or home-set curd to revive the gut ecosystem, lest the pressurized cabins or the travel stress gets to it. A natural source of vitamin B12, this will give you both the mental calm and the physical energy to find your way to the hotel/home post the journey. ”

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HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

“Drink up—but not the booze," suggests Rujuta. “Flights are dehydrating and the last thing you want to do is something that further dehydrates you. So not just booze, say no to the colas and packaged juices too” states Rujuta.

GIVE IT A BREAK

On arrival at your destination, Rujuta urges, “Eat easy on reaching. Eat when you are at your destination, but spare a thought for the sluggish intestines. Fresh fruit, vegetables cooked with the right amount of spices and grains like rice and sorghum are easy to digest and will leave you feeling light.” Also after partying hard when on vacation, Rujuta Diwekar, in her audiobook on Audible, suggests, “Go slow—especially at the speed with which you chomp down your food. You are dehydrated and that is going to slow down your digestion. Eating less than usual but taking double the time to do so is the best way to prevent digestion problems. It takes time to learn to eat slow, but there’s a flat stomach, smooth motions and glowing face at the end of it.”

TAKE A WALK

“Walk—and ditch the escalators and lifts on landing,” says Rujuta. She further adds, “Not only will you win some envious stares, but your legs will thank you in the time to come. Sitting for long hours, whether in business, economy or yeah, premium economy, is dreadful for the legs.”

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A HOT SHOWER

“Hot water bath—this is an Eastern hack for the world-weary. Not everyone can meditate, but everyone can have a bucket bath with hot water and crystals of salt. Ayurveda believes that salt belongs to the earth principle and can help one feel grounded," she says. 

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