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Making All Parts of Travel Easeful, FUN and Healthy {Part 2}

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 in Blog, Exercise & Fitness, General, Health & Nutrition, Joy & Happiness, Self-Care, Stress Reduction | 0 comments

On my last blog, I talked about easeful trip preparation, for you and your business, and how to transition and get settled more easily when you return home.  

In this blog, I’ll be focusing on your physical health while traveling. 

For me, my physical health (which impacts my mental and emotional health) is affected hugely by 3 things when traveling – Food, Hydration, Supplementation.  Here are my favorite tips and strategies for feeling both healthy during and after travel. 

1.  Pack Your Own Food and / or Snacks

Best case scenario – if I have time, I’ll pack my own salad or go to Whole Foods (if on the way to the airport) and grab a takeaway salad.  This isn’t always feasible (like only 20% of the time) so at the very least I pack unsalted nuts, nutrition bars, a piece of fruit, a bag of baby carrots and raw chocolate. 

2.  Hydrate Like Crazy!

Drinking water during the flight (and avoiding coffee, soda and alcohol) is one of the best ways to combat travel stress, fatigue and jet lag.  These are the 3 ways I hydrate to keep it interesting, feel great and have something to look forward to on long flights (I’m ALL about having things to look forward to :)

~ Hydrate With Superfoods

One of my favorite ways to hydrate is to buy the biggest bottle of water I can find (after I go through security) and add in Amazing Grass’ Green SuperFood Cacao Chocolate Infusion and 4-6 drops of Sweet Leaf’s English Toffee Liquid Stevia*.  

I then instantly have a full bottle of cold, refreshing, heavenly goodness.  Seriously, drinking this mixture makes me feel SO good during the flight (it’s usually gone in an hour). 

*Both are pictured above and available at Whole Foods or Amazon.

~ Hydrate with Herbal Tea

Strangely, US airlines don’t seem to have herbal tea onboard (international flights do carry green tea), so pack 2-3 herbal tea bags and a glass tea tumbler.  I use our Sacred Lotus Love Tea Tumblers, of course :)  Simply ask the flight attendant to fill your Tea Tumbler with hot water – they don’t mind, when you ask really nicely. 

~ Hydrate with Sparkling Water

 When asked what I want to drink – I always ask for sparkling water.  Another way to keep you drinks healthy…and interesting. 

3.  Bring Treats

If you’ve done my SexyFit™ Nutrition Challenge, you’ll know that I’m a huge believer in having healthy treats to look forward to, and that I also really promote “filling the void”.  Limited options, hunger and boredom make it easier to succumb to eating unhealthy food – so bring your own healthy treats to replace that bag of snack cookies.   My favorites?  Raw Chocolate and Raw Chocolate Macaroons – traveling or not.

4.  Avoid / Minimize

These are pretty obvious (all are dehydrating), but avoid or minimize the following as they make travel fatigue and recovery worse:

  • Salt, Sugar + White Carbs
  • Caffeine + Alcohol
  • Sauces + Desserts
  • Most airplane snacks

5.  Maximize

Airports ARE getting much better these days with choices for healthy options.  I try to eat these foods:

  • Salads + Healthy Dressings
  • Raw Veggies + Greens
  • Raw Nuts + Fruit
  • Healthy Proteins + Low Glycemic Carbs

 6.  Boost Your Immune System

I never go a day without my USANA supplements, but when I know I’ll be traveling, I add in extra Proflavanol C100 (USANA’s Grapeseed Extract and Vit C) 2 days before, during and 2 days after, to naturally boost my immune system.

7.  Never Beat Yourself Up

What fully intend to eat great while traveling, and even pack healthy snacks…but you miss a connecting flight, end up sleeping overnight in a Singapore airport b/c all the hotels are booked, can’t find anything healthy to eat, are overtired, stressed and hangry?  And proceed to eat your way to from Singapore-Japan-USA?

I’ve been there, exactly, as a matter of fact – on a killer flight 4 years ago.  

So, what did I do?  I finally arrived at my destination, drank a huge glass of water, took my USANA MyHealthPak and extra Proflavanol C100 and went to bed.  The next morning, I got up, MOVED in natural light (ran for 20 min outside), ate a healthy breakfast high in protein, drank lots of water, kept my  blood sugar balanced the whole day by eating extra protein and greens, went to bed early and didn’t beat myself up over it.

It’s so important to remember that one day will not affect your overall health negatively; it’s what you do AFTER that matters most.  I love this question as it always helps me get back on track – “what would healthy person would do now?” Be gentle and nurturing with yourself during this one day, knowing that tomorrow you will be completely back on track and feeling great. 

And yes, Tips 1-6 do require a little more planning (packing snacks, herbal tea bags, tea tumbler, supplements), but they help ensure that you have healthy and interesting options (hunger and boredom will push you towards unhealthy food).  

And why not make your trip as enjoyable as possible – and something that you look forward to, even if it takes a little more work on the front end?

Preparation, Filling the Void and Not Beating Yourself Up if you DO have a less-than-healthy travel day, are all part of making travel really work for you.  These days, I love all parts of travel b/c I intentionally create the environment I want – healthy, ease-ful, interesting and pleasurable. 

Over to you! Did this resonate? Do personally use any of the above tips already? What other travel tips help you wander the world with ease, enjoyment and health?  What non-negotiable health strategies that make all the difference for you?

Share here – the best insights happen in the comments when we share our ideas and strategies. I personally read every single comment and and always respond – I love to hear.

Miss Part 1?  Click here to read.

Lots of love,

Carmen Marshall

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Making All Parts of Travel Easeful, FUN and Healthy {Part 1}

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 in Blog, Business Advice, General, Health & Nutrition, Joy & Happiness, Personal Development, Self-Care, Stress Reduction | 2 comments


I LOVE travel – everything about it. Well, almost everything.  NOT the packing, unpacking…and the extra effort it takes to stay healthy.

So, when I started living around the world six years ago, and knowing I was going to be doing a lot of travel, by choice, I decided that I was going to make even the UN-FUN parts of travel…enjoyable, ease-ful and healthy.

Note:  I’ve written this as 2-part blog so it’s easy to digest and put into action. Today, I’ll give you my favorite strategies for easeful preparing + packing, for your business, and for you when you return home.  On my next blog I’ll dive into how to stay physically and emotionally healthy while traveling.

1.  Eliminate the “Shoot – I forgot my ____, again!”

Keep a running “My Travel List” of the things you typically forget AND what you think of while on trips (this last trip I was wishing  I’d brought my little wooden lemon reamer for lemon water in the am!). Have at least 2 lists as they require different packing strategies:

  • My Travel List – Business
  • My Travel List – Vacation

What’s my favorite App for this?  I use Reminders on my iPhone as it’s super easy to use (example shown above) and I continually add to my lists.

2.  Use Your Subconscious

A week before your trip, designate an area (corner of your bedroom, a chair or even a bed in a spare room) to start collecting things you know you’ll want or need on your trip.

Our subconscious works on our behalf 24/7 – it will think of items a whole week before – so you can employ it to your advantage. All kind of things will come to mind – books, food items, gifts, and those shoes you’ll need for _____ .

This simple strategy helps take the stress, pressure and anxiety out of packing at the last moment. I find I actually ENJOY packing when I spread it out over a week and let my subconscious do a good part of the work.

3.  Create Space BEFORE you leave home

Set up an “out of office” email auto responder to let your clients know you’re on vacation or a business trip. This makes your whole trip more easeful as you’re setting the correct expectations for your clients – that you won’t be available as quickly or readily as you normally are when in your office. This allows for flexibility and breathing room when traveling (which invariably you’ll need) and helps your clients feel included and know what to expect.

Here’s the one I just used for my trip to the US for 8 weeks.  Feel free use / customize for you in anyway:

Hello _____,

Thank you for reaching out! I will be traveling in the US from April 25 – June 23, so my email response may be a little slower than usual. I will get back to you as soon as possible though :)

If you need immediate assistance, please email my assistant at m@cm.com

If you have a USANA related question, please call customer care directly at _____.

Looking forward to connecting when I’m back in the office!

Lots of love,

Carmen xo

4.  Maximize Air Travel Time

I absolutely LOVE flying – the hours when I’m “between time and worlds”. No one can call me 😃, distractions are at a minimum (as long as you have you earphones in) – so I have incredibly focused time for planning, creating, writing, replying to emails and even getting my inbox managed etc.

I use my flying time, what I consider magical time, for creating and getting “caught up”.

5.  Upgrade Your Environment

Get a credit card that gives you air miles for every purchase, and use those miles for flight upgrades and airport lounges. (Some credit cards even give you a year’s membership to airport lounges). I use credit cards for everything*, not only b/c it’s easier for accounting / tax purposes, but just as importantly, so that my money and purchases are working for me, and I’m always collecting miles.

I use miles to upgrade to business / first class and use airport lounges so that I have the best places to work in (strong WIFI, power sources and a great work environment). Another reason I look forward now to ALL aspects of travel is knowing I’ll have a quieter work space AND access to good food (airport lounges almost always have healthy alternatives for snacks).

My two personal favorite credit cards for accruing air miles are: Chase’s United Mileage Club Visa Card (United Airlines + Partners miles only, but necessary to use in countries that don’t accept American Express such as Bali, and it includes a membership to United + Partner Airport Lounges) and both Gold + Platinum American Express Cards (you can put miles towards ANY airline, which I prefer….but some countries, like Bali, don’t accept American Express, so I’ve needed to use a Visa card instead).

Tip: I recently found out about this cool couple and their website which has some really great advice on choosing credit cards for miles: https://www.get.com/

*Very Important: I always, always pay my credit cards in full so that I am never incurring any interest charges. EVER.  Which is a very important part of creating wealth.  You want your money and purchases working for you, not for a credit card company.

6.  Extend Your Trip:

Obviously, extending your trip can definitely create more ease 😃, but what I mean in this example, is to PAD your travel period with 1 day before and 1 day after. This is one of the most important things you can do for your health, personal life AND your business.

For example, for my 8 week trip:

  • Flew to the mainland on April 25 and returned June 21.
  • Used April 24 to pack and organize myself.
  • Used June 22 to unpack and “land”.

Thus, my auto responder said that I was “out of the office” from April 24 – June 23, and I was.

I’ve been doing this for about 5 years (but it took me about 2 years before that to make it non-negotiable – don’t let it take you that long! :). It’s my secret weapon for making traveling both ease-ful and enjoyable. I use the day before to get packed, attend to all personal things and do minor business things that don’t cause more work (I don’t do anything major – i.e. meetings, coaching etc).

I then also give myself a FULL 24 hours after I return to unpack, get organized in my personal life, laundry, plan and the most important part – actually LAND in back in time and space.  If you travel across time zones and countries, this is even more important – to have a day for your body (and soul) to catch up.   

Okay – that’s it for Part 1…health focused Part 2 in the next blog!

Over to you! Did this resonate? Do personally use any of the above tips already? What other travel tips help you wander the world with ease, enjoyment and health?  What non-negotiable travel strategies that make all the difference for you?

Share here – the best insights happen in the comments when we share our ideas and strategies. I personally read every single comment and and always respond – I love to hear.

Lots of love,

Carmen Marshall
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One Life To Live

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 in Blog, Business Advice, Joy & Happiness, Manifesting, Personal Development, Wealth Creation | 8 comments


 

I’ve had some big decisions to make lately. Mostly around business – whether to take the risk and make the leap.

Here’s what I’ve been hearing in my head:

  • It’s too risky
  • I’m too old
  • Why not just stay with what I’m doing?
  • I’m going to have to work really hard (and I’ve worked hard for most of my life)
  • What if it isn’t profitable?
  • More importantly, what if it takes too much time, energy and money TO make it profitable?
  • What if I lose all my money trying to make it work?

 

 
Do you have any of those thoughts in your head about any of your dreams? Are they stopping you taking the leap? Stopping you from creating a life you love and living a more SOUL-ful life?

YES, was my answer.

But yesterday something shifted. I woke up and had this realization:

You know, I’ve only got one life (maybe more, if you believe in reincarnation, but no one really knows for sure – so I’m acting as if I only have one life to live).

ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
 

 
I really let that sink in. Knowing that, would I be satisfied with staying with the status quo and not going after a big dream of mine?

Which would I rather when I’m 90 years old: Staying with what I have now (playing safe, no risk), but always wishing I had of gone after one of my important dreams? OR, would I be more proud of myself and feel more fulfilled, if I went after an important dream….even if I failed?

In this context, my long list of noisy fears, got pushed into the backseat, as I remembered that for me, going after a dream is more important than possibly failing at it. And that I have an even bigger, more important fear: Not fully living my life and looking back with regret with things I didn’t attempt to do.
 

 
Now, I’m not talking about silly risks – investing without doing a business plan, not doing your research, not being prepared to do the work or going after something that really isn’t possible. ie I would love to be the next Shakira singer, song writer and dancer – but that isn’t going to happen :) What I am talking about is being pulled forward by your dreams, rather than held back by self-limiting fears.

ACTION STEPS:

  1. What is one dream that you can’t stop thinking about?
  2. What the fears (negative voices) that you hear in your head? Write them ALL down, right now.
  3. Are they TRUE?
  4. Who do you know that is a good example of the exact opposite of one of your fears?  For example, if you think you’re too old – is that true and who do you know what accomplished something similar at your age or older?
  5. How will you feel and what will be the consequences if you DON’T go after your dream?
  6. How will you feel and what will be the results if you DO go after your dream?
  7. Where can you get advice, coaching, mentoring to help you navigate any self-limiting fears and then also help you achieve your dream?*

*Everything is “figure-outable” – especially if you apply desire, focus, mentorship, hard work, and love.

And so, I’m going forward with one of my big dreams. It doesn’t mean that I don’t feel sacred or worried at times – that’s normal with any risk, even a calculated one. My fears will still be in the back of my mind.

But I’ll act in spite of fear.

I’ll keep choosing to be pulled forward by my aspirations, rather than held back by my fears.

And…I think my 90 year old self will approve :)

Over to you! Did this resonate? What negative voices do you hear in your head? How do you reframe them? Do you have a story of feeling your fear and doing it anyways?

Share here – the best insights happen in the comments when we share our ideas and strategies. I personally read every single comment and and always respond – I love to hear.

Lots of love,

Carmen Marshall
 

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