I try to prepare my body before a long distance flight with light, easy to digest nutritious food and practice as much de-stressing as I can with lots of yoga, swimming and walking. The picture for this post is taken just as we prepare for touch down back into Australia. It’s my favourite part of my trip as the flight is nearly over and I find it so magical seeing the rising of our beautiful sun through the clouds. The list seems slightly extreme but I’ll do anything to try to avoid jet lag!
Before my flight:
I try to get 8 hours sleep each night for at least 3 nights before my flight.
I take evening primrose oil, vitamin E and B6 as they may help keep my blood thin and avoid blood clots.
To calm my nervous system I love magnesium, calcium and B complex.
While on the plane:
I keep my meals light on my digestive system. I enjoy chicken, fish, vegetarian options, veggies and salad. Always avoiding processed foods and wheat.
To prevent dehydration I continually drink as much water as possible and avoid coffee, tea and fruit juices.
I always indulge in a glass of wine which makes even cattle class luxurious.
I stretch, move and practice yoga as much as possible to aid circulation and regularly do foot exercises.
Melatonin tablet to induce sleep and alleviate jet lag. Melatonin is a hormone produced in our pineal gland of the brain. It has been postulated that fluctuations in melatonin play a role in jet lag and sleep disorders.
I avoid make-up when flying to allow my skin to breathe. I continually apply Australian Bush Flower Travel Essences moisturizer and mist to prevent my skin drying out and help keep me balanced.
I take as little as possible on the plane with me as a heavy load can add to the fatigue and frustration of jet lag.
A good book that I have already started to read before the trip and can’t put down.
Magazines – I love catching up on the latest food, fashion, gossip and interior design.
I practice several meditations to calm and clear my mind.
Tightness in my muscles – I adore Jivamukti China Gel. The most powerfully relaxing deep heat I’ve ever found.
I swear by Australian Bush Flower Travel Essences to help my body clock adjust.
A long hot bath, preferably with lavender oil, Epsom salts, candles and a joss stick.
Yoga, meditation and Melatonin just before bed.
A steaming hot cup of delicious loose leaf organic chamomile tea.
Simple Miso and/or vegetable soup.
Avoid bread, processed foods and all caffeine drinks.
Heaps of delicious local produce. I find there is nothing better for feeling grounded and getting to know your surroundings than exploring your destination to find nutritious food.
Magnesium to assist with relaxation of muscles.
Spirulina for enough energy to keep up with all the antics.
What do you do to avoid jet lag?