Food as Medicine: Jet Lag

apothicaryOur pantry is full of powerful healers.  Before reaching in the medicine cabinet try dosing yourself with something from Mother Nature's pharmacy! For today's blog I thought I'd address a common complaint for on-th-go, popular motivational speakers (and other travelers): jet lag.

Pucker up!  Tart cherries – not to be confused with sweet varieties like Bing – and their juice can help counteract one of the pitfalls of air travel (you're still on your own when it comes to fighting for the armrest).  The fruit is an edible source of melantonin, a hormone that assists in resetting your sleep and wake cycles so you're tired when it gets dark and ready to crow when the sun rises.  

How to:  The day of your flight, eat a handful of dried tart cherries or down a 4 oz. glass of 100% tart cherry juice.  Do the same after dark for the first couple of days at your destination.  Bonus: The vitamin A in tart cherries can bolster your immune health, which is also beneficial when spending time on a plane.  Other ways to dose yourself: Toss into yogurt, granola and pilafs; mix the juice into a smoothie or with club soda.

But don't think you have to wait until you're "leaving on a jet plane" (summer church camp, 1969) to enjoy these tart little benefits.  Include them in your weekly meals and snacks as a delicious food booster! BTW, you can find tart cherries and juice in most major supermarkets, health food stores and on line.

Stay tuned for more pantry pharmacy tips!




Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh wow, Polly, NICE!!! You are the kind of substantive and funny motivational speaker who continually makes me smile AND gives me great information! I didn't know this about tart cherries, but make no mistake, next long trip I take, the cherries are coming with!

  2. Awesome! I'm always looking for ways to boost energy when I travel. This sounds great. I love cherries! And I love how you deliver information wrapped in humor. Makes the read much more enjoyable. Thanks Polly!

  3. Thanks Polly!  Looks like we're packing Polly the next time we travel!

  4. I need this advice so asking for clarity, Polly. If I'm going to the East coast and therefore not tired when I arrive, should I eat the tart cherries? Will it make me any more tired in the morning when I have to wake up at 3 am West coast time for a full day before traveling home?

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