This is kind of gross but it’s a really, really important problem to talk about.
You might have a pooping problem. Lots of people do, especially around this time of year with so many people traveling. But I’m going to give you my #1 secret weapon to fix your gut. But first, a reason why we have problems and a few common ways to fix these issues.
If you’ve ever taken a water bottle on plane, you’ve probably noticed the pressurization process ‘squishes’ the bottle during flight. It looks like your water bottle got ‘vacuum-sealed’. Well guess what? That same vacuum-sealing probably happens in your digestive tract. That’s why so many people end up with traveler tummy troubles and aren’t “good to go” when they get to their destination. Constipation can really ruin your day. You ended bloated and embarrassed. But don’t worry, there’s a fix.
On the other hand, we’ve all heard horror stories of traveler’s diarrhea from drinking the water in places that don’t have the same level of sanitation as home. This too can be fixed, or at least prevented with my secret weapon.
And even if you’re not traveling far from home over Spring Break with the kiddos or during the summer, a simple trip to Aunt Martha’s or even the local Applebee’s restaurant can bring you tummy troubles. Sticking to your diet when loving, but overbearing relatives are saying, “Eat! Eat!” is tough. You can’t refuse even though you know your gut will be paying the price later on.
And even when you think you’re ‘eating clean’ at a restaurant, the harsh truth is that you really don’t know what’s going on back in the kitchen with a couple of 16-year old cooks on the grill. Your so-called ‘gluten-free‘ meal probably got contaminated…or was never gluten-free in the first place. That’s another reason you end up with tummy troubles when you eat out.
But the solution isn’t to become a hermit and never enjoy a meal again with friends. Instead, just follow these simple rules and your gut will be good-to-go.
1) Drink more water and less caffeine when traveling.
I know, I know, this is tough to do. Traveling is tiresome. You’re up early and going non-stop, but dehydration and caffeine can lead to constipation (of course, caffeine can also have the opposite effective, too). If you’re flying, drink two cups of water for every caffeinated beverage you drink.
2) Avoid carbonated beverages on airplanes
Your gut is already getting ‘vacuum-sealed’, and carbonation can often make constipation worse.
3) Pack a few healthy-gut meals
Take some greek yogurt, almonds, and berries for your travels or buy them once you reach your destination. You don’t have to eat your own food at every meal, but at least once per day you should eat as simply and healthy as possible.
4) Keep a diet and ‘healthy-gut’ journal (i.e. keep track of your ‘movements’)
I know, it sounds crazy to track your pooping schedule, but it’s the only way you’ll be able to connect which foods cause you tummy-troubles. You don’t have to do it forever, just until you figure out “A-ha! When I eat X, I get bloated/constipated/poopy. Yes, poopy. I believe that is a scientific term from the baby world that can apply to the worst traveler tummy troubles. 😉
5) Make a list of temptations and 2 solutions to avoiding each of them
Thanks to your journal, you might have discovered that going to Chucky Cheese at the end of a long day at Disney World causes you three days of constipation. Great (well, not great, but ‘good to know’). Now you can come up with 2 solutions to avoiding this.
One solution might still going so your family can enjoy the tradition, but you’ll have to eat a salad with chicken or you’ll have to eat before or after and avoid the cheese-induced constipation. The second solution might be going to a nicer Italian restaurant with better options on the menu so you are not deprived…but the kids still get their pizza pie.
Remember…eating takes just a few minutes…then the pleasure is gone…but the wrong foods can leave you with hours on the toilet…so make the right decisions!
Finally…no matter how well you plan to do with the above rules, there will always be times that you are stuck or, since we’re human, you make a mistake. Happens to all of us, me included. Here’s what I do…
Warning…this information is a little sensitive, but a healthy gut is one of the most important bodily functions for keeping you feeling great, giving you energy, and helping your immune system fight off colds and flus. Science is even showing that a healthy gut is MANDATORY for weight loss.
If you’re at all concerned about how often you go to the bathroom (whether too much or too little), or whether you are eating the right healthy gut foods or drinking too many poisonous drinks that destroy a healthy gut, you must read the information on this website.
So no matter where you go on Spring Break or summer holiday, make sure that once you get there, you are ‘good-to-go’ all week long and that your gut is healthy. No one likes to be bloated on the beach or dumpy at Disney.
Use my secret weapon, drink lots of water, stick to a normal eating schedule, and you will FIX your gut and have a happy, healthy, holiday.
Stay Strong and Keep Pushing On,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS – Do this and control the future of your healthy gut!
Make the best out of whatever situation you are in. You can’t change the past. You can’t control others. But you can control your future because you control how you respond to everything. You control your thoughts, words, and deeds.
Make the right decisions, right now, for your right life. You can do it. This time it WILL happen. I believe in you. Keep going. And never, ever give up what really matters to YOU.