With great excitement and enthusiasm, I started a new job last month. While my new position will afford me opportunities to explore more of the world (and share it with you!), behind me are the days of frenetic travel — like the time I flew 8 times in 2 weeks. This change has me thinking a lot about travel recovery and tips that ease the transition from being away to being home and vice versa.
Let’s start with my most controversial tip. Many people will tell you to stay awake until it’s bedtime in the time zone you’re in, but I think that’s a great way to spend your early time home or away being cranky and irritable. I recommend finding a cozy place to take a short nap, which will leave you refreshed and with more energy to enjoy the hours before bedtime. (Note: A nap is not “a sleep”! Don’t get in your pajamas, snuggle up in bed, or let yourself sleep for more than an hour — unless you want to wake up in a foggy state of confusion.)
2. Head Outside
Sunlight naturally resets your internal clock. Find a sunny bench, eat lunch outdoors, breathe deeply, go for a walk. (The perfect segue to #3…)
3. Get Moving!
Exercise prevents some of the aches and pains associated with traveling and sitting for prolonged periods of time in a car, train, or plane. Going for a walk or run is one of my favorite ways to get acclimated to the place I’m visiting; returning to the gym is one of my favorite ways to get back in the routine of being home.
4. Eat Well
Confession: When I’m home, I follow a Paleo diet about 90% of the time, but when I’m away that percentage drops…significantly. Indulging in Chicago Chef Week , Mike’s pastries in Boston, a Sprinkles Sundae or Bottega Louie macaron in Los Angeles (need I go on?)
are some of life’s pleasures, but they sap your energy and expand your waistline if you don’t counterbalance or replace them with fresh, whole foods when you’re away and home, respectively! Drink lots of water, eat things you can imagine getting yourself from nature, and try to limit processed foods to those that have 5 ingredients or fewer.
5. Make Plans…
…to catch up with friends, to get out and do something fun, to cook a healthy meal, etc. Traveling excessively for work or ending a vacation can induce the travel blues, but having plans when you arrive or return home gives you something to look forward to until you find yourself back in a destination that makes your heart happy.
Whether I’m home or away, I love to find time to relax with friends over a cup or coffee or tea. Add these Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti that are 100% Paleo*, and I’m well on the road to travel recovery! (*Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, but definitely NOT taste free!!)
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a food processor, combine almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Pulse in honey, vanilla, and lemon zest.
- Transfer to bowl of a stand mixer. Add poppy seeds and mix on medium speed until dough forms a ball.
- Form two rectangular logs on baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Cool on baking sheet.
- Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees.
- With a large, sharp knife, cut each log diagonally into 1/2 inch wide slices.
- Return the slices to the lined cookie sheet, arranging them cut side down.
- Bake until the biscotti are dried to your taste (5 minutes for moist and chewy, 10 minutes for dry and crunchy).
- Cool completely.
This recipe was adapted from Elana’s Pantry Lemon Almond Biscotti.