Eat for travel
When you have a long flight ahead, the last thing you want is your stomach to feel upset or uneasy. With the right diet choices, you can sidestep discomfort when you’re in the air. To stick with good-for-you foods that also make you feel good, skip this list of seven items, and stock up on a few others instead.
Skip: broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprouts
These cruciferous veggies definitely fit the bill in terms of health benefits – but they can also make you gassy, says dietitian Caroline Passerello. A common cause of bloating in many people, these greens and whites pack lots of fibre and a type of sugar known to cause gas, called raffinose, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD). And that could make you an unpleasant seat-mate once you’re in the air.
“Because of the change in altitude and breathing patterns, flying can cause dehydration,” says Passerrello. Alcohol will only add to that. Another problem: consuming spiked beverages can also leave you exhausted post-flight. “Although alcohol may make you feel sleepy initially, alcoholic beverages could cause disturbed sleep, preventing you from feeling rested when you land,” adds dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix.