Every time I travel, it never ceases to amaze me actually how difficult it is to make healthy choices. At every turn, one is confronted with fatty airport food, disgusting dehydrated and reheated plane food, sitting for long, long periods of time and being herded around like cattle.
Let’s face it –healthy food options at airports are non-existent. You may be lucky enough to come across some mega chain like Sumo Salad which offers a choice of various salads dripping with heavy and sugary dressings, but even that is rare. Vending machines are stocked high with chocolate bars, industrial sized bars of lollies and bottles of Coke. Where is the fresh food – the wholegrain bread, the salads, the coconut water and the healthy snacks? Why – when faced with the prospect of sitting for 15 hours plus – do people feel the need to stuff themselves full of crap (before even getting on the flight) and then continue to consume whatever is put in front of them by the friendly hostie?
I am often amazed when I look around at my fellow travellers on the plane itself. The inside of a plane really does often resemble cattle at feeding time. People on flights are dishevelled, bleary eyed, tired and hungry. They scarf down the mega muffin and top it off with the mini chocolate bar and packet of lollies. They gobble up the four-cheese pasta and wash it down with a small bottle of wine. Don’t these people feel bad enough after a long haul flight without adding all of this junk into the mix?
I have previously written about keeping healthy while travelling however it certainly does take a lot of preparation and forethought. You can’t just turn up at the airport ahead of time and expect there to be a beautiful café brimming with fresh salads that you can pre-purchase for lunch on your flight. My whole carry on case is basically packed with food, to ensure I am always fully prepared and never get so hungry that I have to resort to the horrendous plane options.
I realise this sounds like a rant but to me, being and staying healthy while travelling should not be this hard. If anyone is looking for a business idea, I beg you to please open a health food chain in every airport in the world – you would absolutely kill it!