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Holiday Travel: Tips to Have a Happier and Healthier Trip

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We can't wait until Thanksgiving for some much-need R&R, and of course, the endless supply of delicious comfort food. But before we can enjoy some time with the Grandparents we have to travel and we are not alone in our Thanksgiving Day pilgrimage that can result in short tempers, stress and a chorus of endless rounds of "Are we there yet?"

To help alleviate the stress, Momtrends recently learned some holiday travel tips from Dian Griesel, PhD, and Tom Griesel, authors of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust about how to survive a long car trip and even bond on the way to your getaway. The Grisel's suggest to eat right, exercise and even channel your inner Darth Vader with some deep breathing exercises. Here are some of their effective stress-free exercises and meal planning tips to make traveling stress-free this holiday season:

'?¢ Take your hands and press them together as hard as you can, palms flat, elbows at shoulder height. Pull in your stomach at the same time.

'?¢ Put your hands together as if you were praying and bend your fingers down so your knuckles are together and your hands form a heart shape. Then press your elbows together as hard as you can.

'?¢ Suck in your stomach and hold it tight for as long as you can. Release and breathe.

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'?¢ For passengers, hold onto the seat, brace yourself, and try to lift your legs up off the ground. Keep your knees and ankles together, and try to bring your knees to your chest.

'?¢ Fill'er up - with fruit. "Fruit naturally maintains electrolyte flow through your body, which keeps your muscles comfortable," say the Griesels. "Plus, because it is naturally pre-packaged in its skin, you can easily take fruit anywhere, making it the perfect snack for eating on the go." Want something a little more compact without sacrificing nutrition? Pack some prunes, banana chips, or dried apricots for the road.

'?¢ Forgo caffeine and soda and drink water. As tempting as it can be to drink energy-boosting beverages in the car, think twice before you indulge. "It makes for an unpleasant trip when someone is jacked up on caffeine or sugar," the Griesels say. Both can worsen the agitation travelers already feel from being cooped up in the car. Water is the best thing.

'?¢ Do your best Darth Vader impression. When things get tense in the car, it pays to pull over and take a deep breath, especially for the driver, the Griesels say. "Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and when you breathe out, do your best Darth Vader impression. The added vibration has been proven to relax the body better," they note. "Take 10 of these deep breaths to help you regroup."

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