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Vegan Pilot Is Changing The Way Frequent Flyers Look At Food


Flying with specific dietary preferences or restrictions can add an additional level of stress to an already trying endeavor. The number one priority is making your flight and arriving at your final destination in one piece — trying to sleuth out how to stay hydrated, nourished, well-rested, and calm while in the air sometimes falls by the wayside. But one pilot-and-wife duo are hoping that with their help, you’ll never have to abandon your personal mental and physical health while flying again.

Fabio Poli and his herbalist wife, Silvia, have launched a brand new health book called Health4flyersGeared toward people who constantly find themselves jetting around the globe — whether for business or pleasure — the book strives to inform travelers how to stay healthy on every level.

Fabrizio and Silvia are both plant-based — they went vegan 17 years ago — and describe in their book how jetting around constantly puts stress on the heart. Therefore, frequent flyers, in particular, should monitor their diet, and nourish their bodies with food that won’t aggravate the heart when it’s already under duress.

Says Fabrizio to Plant Based News: “I stopped eating airplane food as my wife and I discovered it is cooked a month before, put in a freezer, and put on the plane an hour before the flight.

“They also throw a load of chemicals on the food to make it taste good. I started bringing my own food from home and buying food en route to put together in my hotel room for the return flight.”

Fabrizio and Silvia recommend avoiding junk and processed sugar, and eating a satisfying plant-based meal before flying. Also remember to stay hydrated!

You can purchase the book here.

What to Eat While Traveling

If you’re a frequent flyer and want help figuring out what to pack and eat on the plane, the Food Monster App bloggers have you covered! Check out our recommendations:

Grain Salads

This Pomegranate and Hazelnut Moroccan Grain Salad by Rebecca Fallihee features an array of textures and colors to keep you satisfied during your flight. Eggplant, pomegranate, and crunchy nuts make this a dish you won’t be likely to forget!

Energy Bites

Portable, snackable, convenient cake is made possible in these raw, gluten-free Carrot Cake Bites by Laura Hemmington.

Portable Burritos

These Sweet Potato Bean Burrito With Plantains and Guac by Nicole Fraser won’t leak all over the place when you’re ready to eat. The beans are well spiced and play well off of the tender sweet potatoes and delectable fried plantains but the guacamole is what really brings these burritos together. You’ll never crave Chipotle again.

Remember to check out our suggestions for Simple Plant-Based Solutions to Long and Tiring Plane Rides.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

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