Whether you're setting off to celebrate the holidays with family or clinch a business deal, it's hard to stay balanced on the road. Why? Because when you travel by plane, train, or car, your body moves faster than nature intended it to. High-speed travel introduces a light, mobile, spacey quality into your body and mind. Plus, it disrupts your daily routine and often pulls you across time zones. All this aggravates the vata dosha the subtle energy that governs movement and leaves you vulnerable to dehydration, insomnia, sluggish digestion, anxiety, spaceyness, jet lag... the list goes on. But here's the good news: Ayurveda offers a number of antidotes so that you can appreciate the pleasures of travel - while avoiding many of the discomforts.
Eat grounding foods. Avoid drying raw foods like salad, dried fruit, and potato chips, and choose warm moist foods with extra oil instead. Look for cooked apples, steamed veggies with garlic, lentils, hot soups, and khichari mixed with ghee.
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