It’s not what you will want to hear. Why is everything that’s nice and makes you feel better, bad for you?
For this jet-lag-beating diet, the premise is simple, avoid carbs, caffeine, alcohol, and basically everything but water when you fly. Even a little snack can ruin everything. In fact, you can go one step further by feasting and fasting a whole 3 days before your flight to beat jet lag. Apparently, it really works!
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re in “The Good Place*” that is actually “The Bad Place”? (*reference to the Netflix series). Everything that keeps you going before, during, and after a long flight, is in fact terribly, terribly bad for you. You can’t raid the airport lounge salad and cake bars. You can’t enjoy the in-flight meal that you’ve paid for…
Will I Follow This Guide?
Frankly, life is too short to be this mean to myself. I don’t eat red meat, I only have egg white omelets, I never, ever eat crisps… but on a long flight, when I’m super tired, I blow the whole healthy eating malarky out of the water. I ate the scone above on my last British Airways outward flight from Gatwick (and it was only a two-hour flight so I didn’t really have an excuse).
When I fly long haul, it is fast food and fizzy pop that keeps me going. I eat all the in-flight meals, I occasionally have a glass of beer and when I arrive at my destination I will probably head down Subway for a footlong and a large packet of lays at an ungodly hour. Yes, I DO get bad jetlag as a result. But I simply don’t have the willpower to endure a CIA 4 day fasting regime.
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