Contributing Editor of Vogue, Columnist for the Sunday Times and author of Keep it Real – Calgary Avansino is all too familiar with the challenges of living well and travelling well. It seemed only fitting to invite the well-being expert to be the next guest of our #LiveWellTravelWell series.
Contrary to what her name suggests, Calgary was raised in Nevada and California. Brought up in a family that thrived on the power of eating real, nutritious food formed her mantra for healthy living. “I was lucky to be immersed in that environment during my most impressionable years, and what I learned then – mostly just by watching and experiencing – has stuck with me throughout my life.”
What’s great about Calgary’s approach to healthy living is there is no push to diet, lose weight or count calories. Her advice centres on “replacing all those bad habits with good ones and filling yourself up with the best possible food available to give you a sense of well-being and achievement”.
Maintaining your healthy lifestyle on the road can at times seem overwhelming. Calgary has provided five easy tips to make sure that you don’t sacrifice your well-being while on the road:
1. Plan ahead – just a little prep goes a long way
Look for fitness classes nearby or good routes to walk/run, find restaurants with healthy options available, seek out added extras such as massage treatments, aromatherapy options or pillow menus that will help ensure a good night’s sleep.
2. Post & Shout
Let your friends and family know where you’re headed, put a post out on social media asking for advice and seek out relevant travel blogs. It’s amazing how many great local spots I’ve found through a simple post on Twitter. Equally important is learning what’s not worth your time, especially if you’re on a tight schedule.
3. Your stash
You can never expect to find everything you usually eat, drink or use where you’re travelling and that’s part of the fun too. Being adventurous and flexible is so important but let’s be honest, we all like to have our creature comforts with us. That said, the last thing you want to be doing is carrying around a suitcase full of full-size nut butters, coconut oil, protein powders and seeds. A lot of companies now offer their products in smaller packages – so get these where possible. If not, try and decant what you need into mini plastic tubs or freezer bags (ensuring they’re securely sealed and labelled). I always take sachets of matcha powder and power-greens on long-haul flights to mix in with water.
4. Don’t ask, don’t get.
Just because something isn’t on the menu, don’t assume restaurants won’t make it for you. Be courageous – ask them! Hopefully they will bend over backwards to ensure they can be of help to you, or will suggest alternatives if they can’t do exactly what you’re looking for. Often they’ll have a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free menu in addition to the usual menu, or they’ll know of recipes they can whip up quickly. Look at the ingredients being used in other dishes and see if you can mix and match options to create the ideal meal.
5. Sweating on foreign soil
Just because you’re travelling, it doesn’t mean your fitness schedule needs to grind to a halt. Always pack trainers – there are lots of lightweight compressible ones now available, meaning they take up less space in your bag. Walk everywhere that you can – it’s a great way to see more of the sights and work up a good appetite for regional foods. When booking, look for accommodation that has a gym or workout space nearby, if possible. If they don’t, there are lots of short tutorials available online that you can do in your room with nothing more than your laptop and the floor space. Finally, download apps that offer city maps for running. These are really useful for ensuring you don’t get lost and still follow a well-rehearsed route used by others.
Here are a few good resources: