Nourishing My Soul – Travel Series

I am constantly on-the-go for work, but I need to be mindful of nourishing my body, specifically with healthy fats and wholesome foods, within the 1800-2000 calorie range. I typically request a refrigerator and a microwave in my room, and do a Monday morning grocery store trip so that I can stock up on snacks and frozen dinner for the travel week.

A lot of blogs dedicated to Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recommend eating much more than this, and doing no exercise other than walking. As I’ve mentioned, I have been working closely with a doctor and nutritional therapist, who have advised me to maintain my weight, and not gain. 🙂

Exercise and Restrictive Eating

As I mentioned in an earlier post, extreme caloric increase, ceasing all exercise, and sudden weight-gain may end up causing your body more stress, and your hypothalamus will continue to freak out. The key to recovery is achieving a balance, so that your hypothalamus has confidence in you, and hopefully kick-starts your hormones. This is achieved by establishing and modifying a routine that your body is comfortable with. For example, if you are used to strenuous exercise, you may not want to stop working out all together. Just work to tone down your exercise routine – if you do a lot of heavy lifting and cardio every day, focus on working out no more than 3-4 times a week, and switch up your exercise between spin, hot yoga, weight-training, and barre, for example. I still recommend stopping your running routine though!

Here’s is a typical travel day for me (food-wise):

Breakfast, 7:00 AM (422 kcal): Starbucks Tall Soy Latte (130 kcal), Steel-Cut Oatmeal (200 kcal), Mixed Organic Berries (50 kcal), 6 Organic Raw Almonds (42 kcal)

Snack, 10:00 AM (200 kcal): Kit’s Organic Bar / KIND Bar (

Lunch, 12:30 PM (343 kcal): 2 oz Turkey / Chicken Sandwich with Whole Wheat / Rye Bread, Tomatoes, Lettuce / Spinach, 1/4 Small Avocado

Snack, 3:00 PM (200 kcal): Black Coffee, Kit’s Organic Bar / KIND Bar

Snack, 5:00 PM (100 – 140 kcal): Apple / Grapefruit / Somersault Dutch Cocoa Cookies (available at Whole Foods and Fresh Market)

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Dinner, 7:30 / 8:00 PM (260 – 320 kcal): Luvo (available in the frozen section at Whole Foods and Fresh Market) Chicken Chile Verde / 9-Grain Pilaf

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Dessert, 8:30 / 9:00 PM (200 kcal): KIND Bar / Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Almonds / Somersault Dutch Cocoa Cookies and Tea (Women’s Moon Cycle or Healthy Cycle)

DAILY TOTAL: 1725 – 1825 kcal (I usually end up snacking some more, or add some more toppings to my sandwich, to hit a minimum of 1800 kcal) 🙂

Happy healing!

Lots of love,

Girl Guilt-Free

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