Traveling with PCOS
Posted on January 26th, 2018
Those with PCOS probably know how important it is to establish a consistent routine. Regular meal times with foods that stabilize blood sugar, plenty of exercise and sleep, and minimizing stress are critical ways to manage PCOS symptoms.
This can make travel challenging. Recently, I visited Italy and even though it was an amazing experience, it was definitely a balancing act to maintain my routine. PCOS already takes up enough space in your life so don’t let it take away any of the fun of your holiday!
Here are some tips that helped keep my PCOS under control whilst traveling:
Prior to the trip, stock up on healthy snacks so you’re prepared for any unexpected emergency. I packed lots of protein bars. (Make sure to check the sugar content as not all are created equal!) I can’t tell you how handy these came in on days when we had really late dinners. Snacks like almonds are also great to have on hand.
Drink lots of water
It’s easy with the hustle and bustle of traveling to forget to drink plenty of water but staying hydrated is essential for PCOS. When it comes to tackling PCOS, gut health is very important. When it is out of balance, we can experience symptoms such as constipation. This creates problems as toxins won’t be eliminated and an excessive amount can start to accumulate in the blood stream, further exacerbating hormonal imbalances. Water along with a high fiber diet help to ensure that your body works as it should.
To stay hydrated while traveling, I carry a Vapur water bottle. It’s sustainable and collapses when empty, so it’s light and compact to fit in your suitcase. Vapur water bottles come in gorgeous bright colours along with a hook to hang on your handbag or belt. That leaves your hands free to take lots of travel photos!
Try to find time to connect with your body
It’s so easy to skip your normal exercise and meditation routine while on holiday. Try your best to stayed tuned in to your body’s needs. If any of your PCOS symptoms make you feel self-conscious, then it is imperative to find time to connect with your body and your breath. Take 10 minutes to breathe and practice abhyanga which can make all the difference.