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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 December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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