Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What's In Your Carry-On?

When he's not training stars like Anne Hathaway at his New York health center, wellness guru David Kirsch is busy teaching his two toddlers smart eating habits - a lesson he takes on the road. "We always bring lunch boxes filled with snacks like string cheese and almonds to the airport," he says. "You want something that's satisfying and nutritious."
Green Tea - "Flying is tough on the body," says Kirsch. "the recycled air, the altitude, and the guy sneezing next to you take a toll." Kirsch likes to relax and recharge with mint green tea, which is loaded with antioxidants and bioflavonoids that boost immunity and bust free radicals. Another bonus is that it won't increase jet lag or sap energy like a glass of wine.

Tyrosine Pills - To stay healthy and energized, Kirsch periodically spritzes B12 spray under his tongue and pops a supplement containing tyrosine, a natural antidepressant. "the combination is an amazing energy booster and helps build up your immune system too." Check out Twinlab L-Tyrosine Plus capsules, $19 or check out David's own spray $20 at

Low-Sugar Protein Bar - Kirsch skips in-flight meals. They are loaded with salt, sugar and carbs. Protein bars are a healthier option, but look for ones that have at least 20 grams of protein and no more than 8 grams of sugar. Top that and you might as well be snacking on a snickers. Craving a traditional meal? Scope out the terminal for a salad with grilled protein, like McDonald's chicken ceasar salad (without the dressing). David has his own protein bars for $5 on (I told you people that McDonald's is not the devil!!! Heidi Klum's trainer just said so.)

Snug Socks - Blood circulation slows down in the air, resulting in swollen feet - a major pain in the arch. Kirsch kicks up the flow with a pair of tight but not constricting socks, a tip he shared with client Heidi Klum when she was traveling while pregnant. Try Smart Wool Adventurer wool-nylon socks $2 at

Water-Rich Veggies - Kirsch drinks and eats for maximum hydration. He recommends eat raw veggies with high water content, like red peppers, which contain more vitamin C than an orange. "You're fighting off the possible effects of germs and dehydration with every bite," he says.

Source: InStyle

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