This time of year is glorious in the Blue Ridge. Here is a shot of our front yard. Yet soon we head south traveling again to Ecuador.
There is plenty of beauty in Ecuador too.
I took this shot from near our hotel Meson de las Flores. The difference is this green was in the middle of winter. Cotacachi’s weather is eternal spring!
Ecuador travel is easy from the USA… less then four hours from Miami to Ecuador about five from Atlanta to Ecuador.
However travel is travel and security procedures combined with airline cutbacks have added stress on travel to Ecuador or anywhere.
So I thought the note below about Ecuador travel was worth sharing with all.
Gary, I know you and Merri must be very healthy to do as much time on airlines as you both do, and many other attendant exposures! In all the years I have enjoyed your news letters, I have never heard of either of you being “down with the flu or cold”! Do you eat airlines food? or do you have any other tips for healthy eating on airlines? Any other health tips for airlines will be appreciated and put to good use!
The reader is correct… Neither Merri or I are hardly ever ill. Neither of us has been to an MD (for sickness) in over 20 years. I cannot recall missing a day of work because we were ill.
There are many things we do to maintain our energy and health. We try to spend our time and money on health preservation instead of medical insurance. There are links to numerous health tips below.
Here let’s just look at some tips for health on planes.
In May 1968, I boarded my first commercial flight Portland, Vancouver, Tokyo, Hong Kong on Canadian Pacific Airlines.
Merri (I did not know her then) at about the same time was headed Atlanta – New York – Frankfurt on Lufthansa.
Over the next 41 years, we’ve traveled to more than 70 countries researching business opportunities, exploring and enjoying new destinations.
We have lived and worked on every continent.
Many of you like ourselves are on the run, traveling thousands of miles and crossing dozens of time zones the year through. We have to perform well on these trips even as we put enormous stress on our bodies.
Here are a few tricks we have learned over the millions of miles we have flown. I hope they help you in your travel to Ecuador… or wherever.
First, avoid peanuts and other hard to digest foods on airplanes. In fact it’s better to avoid salted peanuts completely. Our friend, the Taita Yatchak, who lived with us at our hacienda in Ecuador was amazed to see us eat roasted peanuts. “High in Uric Acid”, he said.
Our Indian (from India) friends who are experts in Ayurveda (the 5000 year old Science of Life) have also warned us away from peanuts as being very hard to digest. They are known as tomasic (meaning those things that destroy rather than build).
Then imagine getting on a plane and crossing the ocean and a half dozen time zones which will throw off our digestion in itself.
This is a dry dehydrating environment hard on the kidneys. These factors alone are hard enough. To throw in a hard to digest food high in uric acid is like the kiss of death.
Second, avoid alcohol on airplanes. Dehydrating as well, hard on kidneys,and liver. Mixed with roasted peanuts! Ahhhhhh!
Third, sleep when traveling towards the sun. Travel through time zones throw off our Circadian rhythm.
We find that it helps to stay awake when traveling away from the sun. We fly to Europe or South America numerous times every year when I speak at seminars there and to visit our children.
Often I have to get up the day after I arrive and conduct seminars… sometimes for eight hours. This requires a clear mind and energetic body. So we need to be sure that the flight has not drained us.
We have flown across the Atlantic with clients and observed as they tucked into cocktails (peanuts!) heavy dinner, desserts and after dinner liquors while we are settling down to sleep through the flight.
We awaken, have only a little breakfast on the plane, and meet the European morning refreshed and ready to have a full day (but we go to bed early the first night). Those clients are dragging and beat. “Where on earth do you get your energy?” they ask.
Can’t sleep on planes?
Buy some Valerian tea at the health food store, ask for hot water and make your own tea. It tastes like what I imagine dirty gym socks would taste, but is a natural way to get to sleep.
We also use melatonin to restore the natural melatonin that is lost on endless time zones. Just buy a bottle of liquid from the health food store and take 20 minutes before sleep.
I also bring along my Bose noise suppressing headphones and some baroque music.
Before I leave on a journey, I massage my feet with an essential oil blend.
When essential oils are applied to our feet, they stimulate zones on our feet that “mirror” the entire body. Stimulating these reflexes sends messages to the associated body parts that help reduce tension, improve circulation and help the body deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells… important benefits on a flight.
I use my Essential Oil Blend Chart, created by Candace Newman and massage the oil blend in my hair, put it in my ears up my nose, on my face and on my collar and shirt cuffs.
The oil fights virus and bacteria plus helps balance the flighty feeling on a flight.
Here is Candace’s Essential Oil Blend Chart.
We also avoid airplane water (except bottled). We add a drop of Rose Otto essential oil. This makes a tasty rose water that aids digestion and the time transition.
We make sure the oil we use is Rose Otto which is the steam distilled essential oil of rose petals. Otto is the term used to differentiate the steam distilled variety from the ‘Rose Absolute’ and “Rose Concrete”. The extraction process for both Absolute and Concrete use solvents so Rose Otto from the Bulgarian ‘damask’ Rose, cultivated since the 16th century, is considered to produce the finest quality essence
We also spray ourselves (head and face and air above us) with lavender essential oil lavender misted with distilled water to combat dehydration and to refresh, cleanse and purify.
In Aromatherapy, mists and hydrosols are generally used to calm our emotions, lift our spirit, cleanse the air, and soothe the skin.
You can make your own mist with Lavender oil.
Candace Newman has a four mist sampler pack that contains all four of mists.
Candace offers a sample of four 1 oz essential oil mist blends each in amber plastic bottle with zipper carrying case and includes an Essential Oil Mist Chart is included free.
1 ounce Lavender Mist
1 ounce Lavender-Peppermint Mist
1 ounce Lavender-Rose Mist
1 ounce Rejuvenation Mist
Learn more or order here.
Next we travel first or business class using our frequent flyer miles to upgrade ourselves. There is more privacy and room in this class and because we book as early as possible, we almost always are upgraded.
We do yoga (or stretching) before we get on and off… plus stretch during the flight. This helps keep spinal fluids moving. The spine is often perceived as just a stack of bones in reality it is our gateway of energy and it shifts with every thought we have about life. It is a precise mirror of who we are. With every stress we have, the interrelationships of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves are altered in and through the spine. These deviations are minute, often imperceptible, but no matter how small, the changes in the spine have gigantic effects on the body.
I then use a spinal tuner before and after each flight. You can learn about Joe Culbertson’s spinal tuner at www.spine-tuner.com
On long flights we also wear an ionizer around our necks. This purifies the air and creates negative ions that makes us feel fresher and cleaner.
This is a shot of my well used travel ionizer.
Mine is old and about the size of a pack of cigarettes. New ones are in the market for $119. They offer a Corona Discharge Air Purification technology to create fresh air while purifying the air with a stream of charged electrons (Ions) . This Ionizer is worn around the neck so a continuous stream of ions flows toward the face. A round magnet rests on the back of the neck to reinforce your body’s magnetic field (which is off balance in high altitudes). Google the word Chionizer and you’ll see a number of sites offering this product.
We also try to arrive and leave via a small airport. When we are in North Carolina we fly Delta’s commuter partner in Tri-Cities Tennessee to Atlanta or Cincinnati. Big airports like Miami or Atlanta create a lot of stress… crowds, noise, rudeness and pollution. This is not a good way to start or end a flight. By starting at a small airport, there’s not much stress, people remember us and it goes smooth and easy.
Finally we meditate when we get on the plane, often during the flight and before we disembark.
We do our best to eat little or nothing and avoid hard to digest foods on these long hauls…just some pure water, fresh fruit…. sometimes a boiled egg… a few seeds and nuts are very satisfying. Rest and avoid stress as much as you can on the journey.
Every generation has had its health cross to bear. Neanderthal Man faced the Saber Tooth Tiger. Medieval Europe had plagues. Today we face fast food, stress and long flights!
It is a miracle, privilege and responsibility that we have the freedom to travel almost anywhere on this good earth we choose. This gives us the ability to broaden our horizons and contribute more to the world. These few simple tips can reduce the negative elements of the great joy of air travel.
Join us at an upcoming Ecuador or North Carolina conference or tour.
On our upcoming Imbabura real estate tours we’ll look at real estate on all three of the big lakes near Cotacachi. Here is a map of the area.
June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
We’ll visit the sacred Quicocha lake for a shamanic study and perhaps a ceremony.
July 4-8 Ecuador Export Tour
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina
View from San Pablo Lake property for sale.
Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
The lake is a historical site also known as Blood Lake because of a 13 year battle between the locals and Incas.
Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina
Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour
Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one. $1,349 for two.
Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one. $1,799 for two.
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