014: The Let Down Effect and Staying Healthy While Traveling with Megan of Going Crunchy Not Crazy
Do you feel like you’re always getting sick when you go on vacation? You might be a victim of the Let Down Effect. Megan of Going Crunchy Not Crazy helps us stay healthy while traveling and tells us what to do if we get sick!
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For many families around the world, they only get a couple of weeks of travel time a year and their worst fear is that they’ll get sick and it’ll ruin the whole trip. The Drifty Vegetarians showed us that you can still enjoy your trip, but Megan is going to help us have a better chance of staying healthy while traveling in today’s episode!
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Who is Megan of Going Crunchy Not Crazy?
Megan is a former registered nurse turned hippie mom of 2 little girls. After struggling with and eventually overcoming an autoimmune disease naturally, she turned her focus to helping other young women and new moms take control of their health. Megan left her job in traditional medicine and started a holistic living consulting practice where she detoxes homes and environments and speaks around the country on natural living and wellness.
In addition to her own blog, she has written for sites including Healthline, Scary Mom, and Romper. Megan has been a featured speaker at events such as MommyCon Orlando and Bump To Baby Nashville.
Her podcast, Going Crunchy Not Crazy, focuses on the science behind the alternative things she does so you too can go crazy without going crazy.
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In This Episode with Megan of Going Crunchy Not Crazy We Learn:
How She Became Going Crunchy Not Crazy
When she was about 22 she got very sick and couldn’t figure out why. So she went to nursing school to help her on her path to figuring it out. Then one doctor from India gave her some herbs to try. It changed her life. She realized that they actually helped her pain more than the pain meds she had been given in the past.
So she continued to research more about herbs and diets and the more she changed in her life, the less pain she was in. She became curious why this was happening so she went to the research and found research article after research article about plastics and food and wanted to use this information to help others! And now she helps you go through your home and identify all the aspects of your home to help your family be healthier.
How to Stay Healthy While Traveling
The Let Down Effect
If you are a person who has significant stress before a trip or lack of sleep then you’re more likely to get sick during a trip. This is a legit scientifically documented phenomena, it’s not just your imagination! Basically, once you relax your immune system takes over. So here are some tips to help prevent the let down effect.
- Relax and de-stress before your trip
- Elderberry (ginseng and such isn’t scientifically backed, but elderberry is)
- Increase Vitamin C
Protecting Against Germs While Traveling
Planes are some of the germiest places in the world. In fact, an airplane bathroom is cleaner than your seat and armrest. So she has a couple of ideas to help protect you and your family from these germs including a double-sided blanket, and an atomized silver spray!
Healthy Food While Traveling
As someone who will develop pain if she eats the wrong foods and because she’s concerned about not having enough food for her kids, she often brings her own carry-on filled with food! You don’t want to be forced to be in an unhealthy eating situation so be prepared. Things you might find in her suitcase are:
- Single-serve hummus
- Pita chips
- Organic jerky (mushroom, beef, turkey)
- Single-serve avocado
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Fruits and veggies
- Nut butters
- Fruit and veggie chips
- Individually packed bone broth
- Dried seaweed snacks
Managing the Picky Eaters
As a former picky eater, she has some tips for everyone. From starting when their kids were babies with baby led weaning to putting foods on her own plate so they’re more interested in eating it. We all know how kids want your food more than theirs! She also recommends trying dehydrated fruits and veggies because then it appears more as a chip and many kids love the crunch of them.
Be Over Prepared For Potential Set-Backs
You don’t want to be stuck at the airport or in the middle of the trail and be forced to be unhealthy or unsafe. You also want to be prepared with all your medical info and medications, as well as back-ups, prescriptions, and extended travel insurance.
How to Manage Sickness While Traveling
Make sure you get help and don’t wait. Being sick while you’re traveling isn’t the same as when you’re home. You don’t want to get stuck on a boat or plane and get worse and need a hospital but can’t get one. And you don’t want to get others sick. So make sure you have traveler’s insurance and ask for references of where to go to get seen. If you don’t know who to ask, as your hotel info desk or even call your consulate.
Where to Find Megan:
Packing Guide: www.goingcrunchynotcrazy.com
Ebook when you go to her website: www.goingcrunchynotcrazy.com
Her Amazon shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/goingcrunchynotcrazy
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