Navigating Safe and Healthy Holiday Travel: 6 Tips for a Smooth Journey

Christmas suitcase and christmas tree decoration.
Christmas suitcase and christmas tree decoration.

Are you traveling this holiday season? 

Whether you’re planning a trip to visit family in the Midwest or heading south for sunnier skies, the excitement of holiday travel is kicking in. Loved ones are getting ready to celebrate, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

However, amidst the festive joy, it’s crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being. Regardless of whether you find yourself surrounded by snow or basking in the sun, maintaining awareness of your health and safety is essential.

Why? Because nothing can dampen holiday fun quicker than exhaustion, an upset stomach, or a blown tire.

And, by the way, these travel tips go beyond the holiday season—they’re your year-round guide to safe and enjoyable journeys. Let’s ensure your adventures are memorable for all the right reasons, leaving you with cherished moments instead of unexpected obstacles. 

1. Plan Ahead for Safe Routes

Married couple of tourists sightseeing city street with map

One of the keys to safe holiday travel is meticulous planning. Whether driving or flying, check for the latest travel advisories, weather conditions, and road closures. Utilize navigation apps that provide real-time updates and alternative routes, so you can make informed decisions on the road. Monitor flight statuses for air travel to anticipate potential delays or cancellations.

And regardless of the mode of transportation, prioritize personal safety by taking precautions against potential risks. For road trips, ensure your vehicle is well-maintained with a check on tire pressure, brakes, and fluid levels. Consider chains for snowy and hazardous areas. Have on hand essentials like a first aid kit, flashlight, and non-perishable snacks. For air travel, familiarize yourself with the aircraft’s safety features, listen to the safety briefing, and follow guidelines from the airline crew.

2. Tackle Jet Lag Before it Starts

Senior couple waiting for boarding inside airport

Heading out for a holiday adventure is a thrill but, the downside is the potential challenge of jet lag. Fortunately, there are clever tactics to guarantee you arrive feeling your best.

Firstly, tackle jet lag even before you take off. Adjust your sleep schedule a bit before your holiday trip to sync up with your destination. This pre-travel sleep shift helps your body adapt to the new time zone, reducing the shock when you arrive.

As you soar through the skies, keeping hydrated is crucial. Skip the pre-flight cocktails and caffeine – they can increase dehydration, worsening jet lag. Opt for plenty of water to keep your body well-hydrated and combat the dehydrating effects of air travel.

Upon touchdown, soak in some sunlight. Spend time outdoors, letting the sun hit you. It acts as a reset button for your body clock, signaling it’s time to be awake and alert. These simple steps can go a long way in ensuring a smoother transition during your holiday travels.

3. Stay Hydrated & Nourished

Passenger holding bottle of water about to drink preventing dehydration while traveling on the plane

Dehydration is common during travel, particularly on long flights or road trips. And dehydration is known to exacerbate illness, exhaustion and jet lag. Remember to carry a water bottle and stay well-hydrated throughout your journey. You may even want to consider supplemental electrolytes. Pack healthy snacks like nuts and high-fiber fruit to keep your energy levels stable. For road trips, plan stops at rest areas where you can stretch and enjoy a nourishing meal.

4. Practice Safe Sleeping Habits

senior woman awaking in comfortable bed

Whether you’re staying at a hotel, with family, or in a fancy vacation rental, the quality of your sleep can significantly impact your overall experience. One key factor in achieving restful sleep is maintaining safe sleeping habits. 

If possible, use your own pillowcases and bed linens – cleanliness is paramount. If you’re not using your linens, ensure that the provided ones are clean and well-maintained. This not only contributes to a more hygienic sleeping environment but also minimizes the risk of allergies or irritations.

In addition to physical comfort, mental peace is crucial for a good night’s sleep. Keep important items like identification and medications within easy reach. Knowing that you have everything you need close by can alleviate potential stressors and contribute to a more relaxed state of mind.

5. Immunity

Vitamin C in food concept

Traveling during the holidays often means exposure to crowded spaces, increasing the risk of picking up bugs. Prioritize your immune health by maintaining good hygiene practices. Wash your hands frequently, bring hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your face. Drink lots of water, get adequate rest, and consider taking immune-supporting supplements, such as Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Immunity and Dynamic Liposomal Vitamin C before and during your journey.* 

6. Traveler’s Diarrhea

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Digestive issues, particularly traveler’s diarrhea, can be a significant concern during travel. To minimize the risk, opt for well-cooked and hot foods, avoid street food in areas with questionable hygiene practices, and drink bottled or purified water. 

Consider taking a probiotic supplement that contains the strain L. rhamnosus GG (LGG) like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics before and during your travels. Probiotics and LGG strain in particular promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria, aiding digestive health, thereby easing travel-related upset stomach and traveler’s diarrhea.* 

As you embark on your holiday travel adventures, remember that safety is the key to truly savoring the joy of the season. By incorporating these safety tips into your travel plans, you’re not just protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you’re also ensuring a smooth and memorable journey. Whether you’re exploring new destinations, reuniting with family, or simply taking a well-deserved break, make safety a priority. From all of us here, we wish you a holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve taken steps to stay safe on your festive travels. Safe journeys and happy holidays! 🌟✈️

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Balance in Holiday Eating: Nourishing Needs While Savoring Wants

Baked turkey. Christmas dinner. The Christmas table is served with a turkey, decorated with bright tinsel and candles. Fried chicken, table. Family dinner. Top view, hands in the frame
Baked turkey. Christmas dinner. The Christmas table is served with a turkey, decorated with bright tinsel and candles. Fried chicken, table.  Family dinner. Top view, hands in the frame

As the holiday season approaches, so does the abundance of festive feasts and indulgent treats. Amidst the array of tempting dishes, finding a balance between eating what your body needs and savoring what you want becomes a thoughtful endeavor. In this essay, we explore the philosophy of harmonizing nutritional needs with culinary desires during the holidays and offer practical tips for achieving a sense of balance and well-being.

The Philosophy of Balance

Friends around the table. Woman handing a friend a gift.

The essence of balanced eating during the holidays lies in acknowledging and respecting the dual aspects of nourishment – the nutritional requirements of your body and the enjoyment derived from savoring indulgent, celebratory foods. This philosophy embraces both sides of the spectrum, recognizing that food is not merely fuel but also a source of pleasure, cultural connection, and celebration.

Eating What You Need

Healthy bowl with quinoa, avocado, and other vegetables. Balanced meal concept.

Prioritizing your body’s needs involves consuming a well-rounded, nutrient-dense diet. This includes ample servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. These foundational elements provide essential vitamins, minerals, and energy to support overall health and well-being. During the holidays, be sure to fuel up with nutritious eats first, so your body is primed and ready to rock the night away! 🌟

Adding What You Want

Christmas Sugar Cookies santa claus and Snowman marshmallow pops traditional sweet treats for the winter holidays

The concept of adding what you want to eat during the holidays emphasizes the importance of enjoyment and celebration in the culinary experience. Indulging in favorite holiday treats, traditional family recipes, and festive delights contributes to the joy and cultural significance of the season. Giving yourself guilt-free space for holiday treats, not only adds a dash of fun but also builds a happy, healthy connection with food, turning your holiday experience into something truly special. 🎉

7 Tips for Achieving Balance

Snowman porridge oatmeal breakfast , Fun Christmas food

1. Mindful Eating

Brain made out of fruits and vegetables isolated on white background

Mindful eating fosters awareness of hunger and fullness. Pay attention to the flavors and textures of each bite. This approach encourages a greater connection to the eating experience, helping you make informed choices about when to eat and when to savor a treat.

2. Listen to Your Body

Happy friends around dinner table

Tune in to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness. Eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re satisfied. Avoid the mindset of strict portion control, and allow yourself the flexibility to enjoy holiday foods without feeling compelled to overindulge.

3. Prioritize Nutrient-Dense Foods

attributes of nutrient dense foods infographics

Build your meals around nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals which support your body’s nutritional requirements and contribute to overall well-being. 

4. Stay Hydrated

Close up portrait of one senior woman with short hair happy smile positive emotion copy space standing at home indoor gray white hair hold glass of water

Make sure to sip on plenty of water throughout the day—it helps with digestion, keeps your energy levels up, and does wonders for your overall health. Plus, staying hydrated can even help you manage your appetite and avoid overeating.

5. Plan and Prioritize

Hands of unrecognizable woman setting table with a cake

Plan your holiday meals and prioritize the dishes that hold special meaning or bring the most joy. This intentional approach allows you to savor what truly matters to you without feeling compelled to indulge in everything. Make conscious choices about which foods align with your personal preferences and cultural traditions. Take a moment to really savor each bite and enjoy those amazing flavors. 

6. Avoid Food Guilt

Healthy dessert idea  - edible kiwi pomegranate Christmas tree

Release any feelings of guilt associated with holiday eating. Guilt can overshadow the enjoyment of festive foods and create a negative relationship with eating. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of the holiday experience, including connection, celebration, and the joy of sharing meals with loved ones.

Achieving harmony between nutritional needs and culinary desires during the holidays revolves around mindfulness, intentionality, and a holistic well-being approach. Prioritizing nutrient-dense foods alongside occasional indulgences fosters a positive food relationship, enhancing the holiday season’s joy. For a delightful twist, consider making Strawberry Santa treats—a perfect addition to create lasting memories and a fulfilling holiday experience for all.

Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santa recipe card


– 16 ounce package fresh strawberries, washed

– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

– 5 tablespoons powdered sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– chocolate sprinkles or morsels


1. Place a strawberry on a cutting board and remove the stem to create a flat base.

2. Slice 1/3 up from the tip of the strawberry to create the “hat”.

3. Combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix until the consistency becomes thick.

4. Transfer the frosting into a zip bag or piping bag, snipping off one corner.

5. Apply the frosting onto the strawberry base, place the strawberry “hat” on top, and squeeze additional mixture over the hat.

6. Create the “buttons” on the front by dipping a toothpick into the frosting mixture.

7. Decorate Santa’s eyes using chocolate morsels or sprinkles.

8. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!


Makes 1 treat | Per Serving: 67 calories, 4g fat, 5g carbohydrates, 4g sugar, fiber 9.2g

Holiday Wellness

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Now, here’s the big question… 

How do you savor your holiday feasts without guilt? As the holiday season approaches, taking care of your well-being becomes a top priority.

Amid the festivities, consider a crucial supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics, a blend of diverse probiotics offering a wide range of benefits, particularly for your digestive and immune health.* 

Savor the season with confidence!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Savor a Healthier Holiday with 3 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving food
Thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving is a time for indulgence, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make choices that are both delicious and health-conscious. This year, we’re shaking things up a bit with some recipe alternatives that not only taste fantastic but also cater to a healthier lifestyle.

For our main course, we’re opting for an Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast instead of the traditional whole turkey. The turkey breast is a lean cut of meat, high in protein and low in fat. By focusing on this portion, we’re avoiding the higher-fat dark meat found in the legs and thighs. Plus, roasting just the breast is quicker and easier than cooking a whole turkey, making it a less stressful option for the holiday cook.

We’re utilizing the air fryer for our Rosemary Sweet Potatoes recipe. Air fryers have become a popular kitchen appliance due to their ability to achieve the same crispy, fried texture of traditional frying methods but with significantly less oil. This results in dishes that are lower in fat and calories but still packed with flavor. Our air-fried sweet potatoes, for instance, are delightfully crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, all achieved with just a fraction of the oil you’d typically use.

Finally, we’re using cauliflower as a stand-in for rice and potatoes in our Cauliflower Rice Stuffing. Cauliflower is a versatile, low-carb vegetable that can mimic the texture and mild flavor of these starchy foods when prepared correctly. It’s a great way to add more vegetables to your plate without feeling like you’re missing out on your favorite side dishes. Plus, cauliflower is rich in fiber and various essential vitamins, making it a nutritionally-dense addition to any meal. By making these simple swaps and using these cooking methods, we can enjoy a Thanksgiving feast that satisfies our taste buds while also keeping our health in mind.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

turkey breast recipe


– 1 bone-in turkey breast (6-7 pounds)

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.

2. Rub the turkey breast with olive oil, then sprinkle with the chopped herbs, salt, and pepper.

3. Place the turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.

4. Roast for about 2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165°F.

5. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.


Makes 8 ounces | Per Serving: 304 calories, 1.6g fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar, 0g fiber, 68g protein

Source: Food Network

Air Fryer Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

air fryer rosemary sweet potatoes recipe


– 4 sweet potatoes

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.

2. Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes and toss them with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

3. Cook in the air fryer for about 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the potatoes are crispy.


Makes 8 servings | Per Serving: 84 calories, 4g fat, 12g carbohydrates, 4g sugar, 2g fiber, 1g protein

Source: Delish

Cauliflower Rice Stuffing

cauliflower rice stuffing recipe


– 1 large head of cauliflower

– 1 cup diced carrots

– 1 cup diced celery

– 1 onion, diced

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until it resembles rice

2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and sauté until softened.

3. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Put the cauliflower rice into a baking dish and bake  for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.


Makes 8 servings | Per Serving: 145 calories, 8g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 7.6g sugar, 7.6g fiber, 4.9g protein

Source: Eating Well

Boost Your Holiday Wellness with Essential Probiotics

Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics

Now, here’s the big question…

How do you savor your holiday feasts without worry?

As the holiday season approaches, taking care of your well-being becomes a top priority.

A crucial supplement to consider amid the festivities is probiotics, like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics. These little wonders offer a wide range of benefits, especially when it comes to your digestive and immune health.*

Probiotics are the friendly gut bacteria that play a significant role in supporting optimal digestive health and nutrient absorption. * Various factors can upset your gut microbiome, including poor dietary choices, travel, and even indulging in a bit too much holiday cheer. By incorporating Dynamic Biotics into your daily routine, you’re supporting healthy microflora within your gut. This, in turn, helps support digestive comfort, especially during the holiday season due to over-indulgence.*  But that’s not all – probiotics have also demonstrated their ability to support your immune function.* So, as you prepare for the festivities and gatherings, don’t forget to take Dynamic Biotics. It might just be the secret ingredient to ensure you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Embrace the Spirit of Halloween, Even If the Kids Are Grown

halloween decorations in front of house. inflatable pumpkins
halloween decorations in front of house. inflatable pumpkins

With its whimsical charm, Halloween has always held a special place in my heart. It was a cherished tradition in my family for many years, eagerly awaited by all of us, not just for the joy it brought my kids but for the unique sense of community it fostered in our neighborhood. As time passed and my children grew up, I wondered: Should I continue celebrating Halloween now that the kids have left the nest?

The answer is a resounding “yes.”

In this post, I’d like to share why, from my perspective, embracing Halloween remains just as vital and rewarding, even when your kids have outgrown their costumes.

1. The Spirit of Community Lives On

Woman at the front door offering funny Halloween candies on a spiderweb shaped bowl.

Halloween is remarkable for its power to bring people together. It’s the night when neighbors emerge from their homes, deck out their houses, and fling their doors open to welcome little goblins and superheroes. It’s a time to reconnect with your neighbors, reinforce your bonds, and meet new people. Just because your kids have grown and moved on doesn’t mean you should miss the chance to engage with your community.

2. Maintaining Cherished Traditions

carve pumpkins for Halloween

Halloween is an enduring tradition for many families, a day filled with fond memories of costumes, pumpkin carving, and candy collecting. By continuing to decorate your home and hand out candy, you keep these traditions alive, preserving the special moments you shared with your children. Recreating these experiences holds a special nostalgia, even when your children have moved on.

3. The Joy of Creativity

Halloween home decoration. Plastic toy skeletons in a wooden box on the fireplace against a dark blue wall. A garland of skeletons. Cobweb on the dresser. Orange candles and lantern.

Decorating your home for Halloween offers a creative outlet, a chance to let your imagination run wild. From eerie yard displays to intricate jack-o’-lantern carvings, it’s an opportunity to express yourself and unleash your inner artist. And who doesn’t enjoy seeing their ideas come to life?

4. Sparking Joy for Others

Orange pumpkin pail spilling Halloween candy on black stone surface with skeleton hands grabbing candy

While the little trick-or-treaters may not be your children, the joy and excitement your decorations and treats bring to their faces are immeasurable. The happiness you share can have a ripple effect, making the night special not just for them but for their parents and the whole community. Spreading joy is a rewarding experience, regardless of your age or familial status.

5. Making New Friends

happy man in vampire costume holding carved pumpkin and embracing wife on cottage porch with halloween decoration

Remember the neighborhood connection I mentioned earlier? One such Halloween turned into a lasting neighborhood friendship that I treasure. Continuing to participate in the Halloween festivities provides a unique opportunity to make new friends and connections, potentially forming bonds that enrich your life.

6. Reigniting Your Inner Child

friends celebrating halloween together

As adults, we often become absorbed in the responsibilities of daily life. Halloween is a chance to reconnect with your inner child, to experience the thrill of anticipation and the joy of simple pleasures. There’s no age limit on the excitement of candy and costumes!

A Friendly Reminder: It’s Never Too Late

halloween pumpkin decorated on front porch

If you still need to purchase candy or decorate, don’t worry.

Since today is Halloween, you can take advantage of the best grocery store deals on candy bags. Even a simple pumpkin on your porch or stoop is all you need to show your neighbors that you’re in on the fun.

So, keep those lights on this Halloween, open your door, and let the festivities fill your home because age should never dim the light of this enchanting holiday.

Happy Halloween!