Healthy Holiday Tips from our Active Advocates

healthyholidays_banner_2‘Tis the season for vacations, parties and some much needed R&R time. It’s been a big year, so it’s time for you to chill and succumb to total relaxation-town. If you’re planning a weekend away or are galavanting to some far-off tropical island, the number one thing you can do is be prepared. To ensure you don’t undo all of your hard work this year, a little bit of preparation is the key to success.

To get you set for the holiday season, we’ve asked the women in the business who know best. The ones who have a first class pass to the Virgin Blue lounge and have the whole travelling thing down pat. Team MNB have compiled some healthy holiday tips from Australia’s most sought-after personalities on what to pack on the plane, ultimate holiday destinations and the best cure for jet lag.


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My ultimate holiday destination is…

Anywhere there is beach, sun and surf.

What are some healthy snacks you prepare for the plane?

I take things like chia pudding, kale chips, tea bags, nuts, bliss balls, cut up veggie sticks and salad. Preparation is key as you don’t want to be caught out.

I like to beat jet lag by…

Diving in the ocean and doing yoga.

Your non-negotiable items to take with you whilst travelling?

Eye mask, essential oils and coconut oil.

The key to staying healthy on holidays is…

Eating fresh whole foods, drinking loads of water, exercising and doing yoga. Also, going for long walks along the beach and early nights.

Melissa Ambrosini, Path To Wellness


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My ultimate holiday destination is…. 

Byron Bay is where I spend most of my downtime. It feeds my soul. I also love Seminyak or Ubud in Bali for a total zone out. NYC when I’m feeling like something fast-paced and high energy.

What are some healthy snacks you prepare for the plane? 

I always carry some tamari almonds.  Carrot and celery sticks with hummus and at the moment I have an absolute obsession (hot or cold) with wilted spinach, kale and broccoli with loads of garlic – I take it everywhere (not good for fellow passengers).

I like to beat jet lag by… 

Setting my clock to my destination time zone before I take off and then sleeping and staying awake in accordance to that.  Drinking LOADS of water.  Exercising as soon as I get off the plane. The biggest key I have learnt is getting back into a normal sleeping routine as soon as I land. Because I now work across multiple time zones I remove all technology from my bedroom so that the temptation to reach over and start working in the middle of the night is removed.

Your non-negotiable items to take with you whilst travelling?

Ipad, trainers, LJ workout gear, and my Mighty Purse (to keep my phone constantly charged).

The key to staying healthy on holidays is…

I try to stay as close to a routine as possible in terms of sleep, nutrition and exercise. These are my non-negotiables. Ironically when you’re as busy as many of us are, I almost use holidays now to get back into a really great solid routine to set me up for the busy pace of when I get back to work.  I also make sure I have as much down time and me time just nurturing myself as possible by lying on the beach, swimming, having massages and lots of general nurturing and pampering.

A book that I recommend you take on holiday is… 

This is going to sound ridiculous since I own a publishing company, but I dip in and out of so many books for my clients and the Collective that other than MORE (which I highly recommend as probably the perfect holiday reading) I haven’t read a book cover to cover in a while. Biased I know, but if you haven’t read it yet, grab yourself a copy of the Collective – it’s a combination of up to 90 inspirational stories so it’s kind of like getting 90 books in one!

Lisa Messenger, Renegade Collective


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My ultimate holiday destination is…

Byron Bay! I come up here for one month every summer (I’m up here right now!) to unwind, de-stress, and gear up for the upcoming year. The combination of beach, bush, local produce, and some amazing restaurants makes it my top holiday spot!

What are some healthy snacks you prepare for the plane?

Brookfarm muesli do a great ‘Walkabout snack pack’ that you can buy at Boost Juice bars at most airports. It’s full of nuts and grains. I usually buy one of those and drink lots of water before we take off. And I often order the vegetarian meal, as a lot of the inflight meat dishes are super high in salt.

I like to beat jet lag by…

Step 1: Immediately change my watch to destination time, and forget about original time.
Step 2: Get sunlight when I land, and do some form of exercise (even if it’s just walking around for an hour).
Step 3: Don’t nap. I stay up until 7pm. I am religious about doing this and I can’t remember the last time I got jet lag. It WORKS (and I did 9 long haul flights last year – with a baby)!

Your non-negotiable items to take with you whilst travelling?

Workout gear of course, including my GPS heart rate monitor (just so I can download and record the crazy places I get to train!). Other essentials include; my vitamins (multi and omega 3s), iPod, iPhone, iPad (thanks Steve!), pawpaw lip balm, Michael Kors body moisturiser (smells like heaven!), and my Lorna Jane ‘MNB – Repeat’ orange water bottle (I have the flight attendant refill it throughout the flight).

The key to staying healthy on holidays is…

Keep exercising! I’m a fan of doing it first thing when you wake up (even if you’re a bit dusty from the night before). And drink on alternate days. The worst feeling is coming home from a holiday feeling tired, tubby and toxic! Pick alternate days to try the cocktails, and choose some lovely non-alcoholic drinks on the other days (try soda water with a dash of lemon cordial, fresh passionfruit and mint – stick an umbrella in it and it’s party time!).

Amelia Burton, www.ameliaburton.com.au


So… tell us, what are your tips for staying healthy on holidays? We would love to hear some of your secrets!

MNB
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