Mile High & Healthy: The Frequent Traveler's Roadmap to Eating, Energy, Exercise and a Balanced Life
By Jayne McAllister
Reviewed by Mike Keenan, What Travel Writers Say
Introducing Jayne McAllister
Jayne McAllister has written a handy book for frequent travelers - what she describes as a "roadmap to eating, energy, exercise and a balanced life." Jane is a former travel magazine publisher turned nutrition health coach, Pilates instructor and transformational method coach, who offers individual and group wellness programs for busy travelers worldwide.
This book will help anyone who flies particularly the road warrior business class that spends much time in the thin air above, wedged inside an airplane. Kathryn Creedy in a recent Forbes Magazine post writes that, "Carlson Wagonlit (CWT), a major corporate travel manager, used data from 15 million business trips it booked and recorded over a one-year period, identifying 33 travel stressors. The Hidden Costs of Business Travel found lost time, surprises and anything that breaks a travelers' routine are top stressors. Some 96 of business travelers fly economy on domestic flights, 65 on intercontinental and 94 on continental flights."
She adds that, "lost or delayed baggage, poor/no internet connection, flying economy on medium/long haul (no space to work) and delays also ranked near the top. With only 60 of flights arriving on time, this has become a major problem for travelers. Study results show actual lost time is 6.9 hours per trip, on average, with a financial equivalent is $662. The average actual lost time by trip type is 5.2 hours (domestic), 5.6 hours (continental) and 15.6 hours (intercontinental). The study concluded the higher a traveler's position in the organization the more likely they are to have travel-related stress impacts."
We have all be subjected to stressors of this sort, and McAllister's book comes to the rescue. She can empathize because she combines over 20 years of traveling on business with her passion for teaching long-lasting healthy habits.
In Mile High & Healthy, one will learn:
How to eat healthily on the road from airport food courts to restaurants to business meals.
The best kind of exercises for the frequent traveler and how to squeeze in a workout even when you think there isn't enough time.
How to sustain energy levels, ditching spikes and lulls, and last all day without caffeine and sugar crutches.
How to eliminate jet lag from your life without gimmicks, supplements or gadgets, and how to improve sleep quality.
How to avoid illness when traveling, from stomach upsets to baro-trauma to deep vein thrombosis.
How to get a good night's sleep on the road.
How to choose how you react to stressful situations.
How to carve out time for yourself in an impossible schedule.
The great thing about this research is that Jayne lists all of her sources in the back of the book, and they are readily available for further study.
The book is informative, easy to read and worth your attention because Americans purportedly make more than 405 million long-distance trips per year.
"Even if someone only chooses to use one or two of these tips for their frequent travel, they will be making a huge difference in their life," adds McAllister.
Mike Keenan -
Besides writing for the five Niagara Postmedia newspapers, Mike has been published in every major newspaper across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun. He has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City, Seniors Review and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine. With hundreds of reviews, photos and helpful votes, he has earned Trip Advisor's "Top Contributor Badge" and is considered an "Expert" in both Hotels and Restaurant reviews. Mike posts photos to Pinterest where he has a following of four thousand viewers.