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Science Suggests The Best Foods To Choose On A Plane

Science Suggests The Best Foods To Choose On A Plane

Are you among the many people in the world who travel frequently on airplanes? Do you dread airline food? Maybe it tastes a bit off to you and is just not palatable. You’re not the only one who feels this way. Airline food isn’t the greatest food available, but when you’re on a long flight you need to eat.

Studies have found that the noisy environment on a plane can even compromise the way we actually taste food! It turns out that noisy surroundings can actually dull taste buds when sampling a sweet food and can intensify the ability to taste sour, bitter, and salty.

Making matters worse, finding an appealing and edible option while traveling can be hard. Especially when airline food is already prepared prior to your flight. The food you eat while traveling was prepared well in advanced, chilled, and then stored until it is loaded on the flight.

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When food is reheated and served to passengers it begins to deteriorate. More often than not, you are served dry food that simply does not taste that great. Besides bringing your own food for your own peace of mind, there are a few options that taste good and are good for you.

Here are a few suggestions for what type of food you should eat the next time your board a plane.

1.  Rice

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    When given the choice between rice and noodles, I would suggest you go with the rice option. Why? When rice is reheated, it tends to retain more moisture than noodles. Think of the last time you reheated a batch of noodles. Unlike rice, they tend to be dry and sticky. Rice also provides energy, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and provides a vital source of vitamin B1 to the body. Besides these benefits, rice is filling and leaves you satisfied when you’re hungry.

    2.  Curry

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      It turns out that curry is an excellent choice when traveling. Regardless if the curry dish is a vegetable or meat dish, the spice is loaded with many benefits.

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      What happens to your taste buds when you travel on airplane? Taste buds become less sensitive due to dry and high pressure conditions created in an aircraft.

      Curry is known to simulate our appetite and it even remains palatable after reheating. Besides the resilient flavor of curry, this spice has many benefits that keep people coming back for more. Curry powder also has antibacterial properties. When curry powder is mixed with coriander it can help stave off E. coli and other intestinal infections. By keeping your gut healthy while traveling, you can ward off any potentials for illness during your travels.

      3.  Chicken

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        When selecting a meat option while traveling, stick with chicken. It tends to reheat better than beef or sausage products and keeps its freshness when compared to seafood. By selecting chicken as your meat option, you are saying yes to a high protein source that comes loaded with important vitamins and minerals for your body. Chicken contains vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Furthermore, it also contains vitamin A, which is beneficial to eye health.

        Conclusion

        Eating healthy while traveling isn’t always the easiest choice to make. Some foods may seem healthier than other options available, but when push comes to shove, choosing foods that are edible and palatable are also necessary.

        Let’s be honest here, who enjoys consuming food that doesn’t taste good? I know I don’t. When faced with food choices while traveling, choose rice over noodles, a curry dish, and chicken as a meat option. These selections will set yourself up for a healthy, tasty, and vitamin rich meal to carry you through your travels.

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        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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