Finding Healthy Food on Travel

Healthy eaters can find travel stressful and almost impossible. The following three steps will assist you when looking for healthy food on travel:

bags on beach
Add a travel pantry

Step One

Before you leave home go to and type in your destination city. It will return all of the healthy places to eat in their data base. It could be Johannesburg [South Africa], London [England], or Kansas City [USA]. Store this information in your handheld device or print it out to carry with you. Make sure to contact the establishment to confirm that they are still in operation.

Step Two

When packing for your trip. Reserve a small section of your checked baggage for a small pantry. It could be the size of a shoe box. You could include:

  • a staple of protein like a jar of nut butter a few slices of a sprouted bread in a zip lock bag. Sealed packages of tuna, salmon, or bean entrees. A small bottle of liquid aminos [braggs liquid aminos] to get extra protein and add flavor to a dish when needed.
  • Fruit could include raisins, dates or any dried fruit.
  • Low sugar energy bars for your nap sack while you are out and about.
  • Your favorite tea bag. It will add comfort from home.
  • A pro-biotic to protect the intestines from “bugs” and vitamin-C for detoxing from day to day.

Step Three

Ask people you trust for suggestions for finding a good healthy meal or food supplies.  There are information desks at hotels, airports,  and rental car agencies.

If you are on a cruise ship, a brief conversation with dining management will typically provide the perfect accommodation for you for the entire trip. You should have similar conversations with the hotel executive chefs.

Also budget for a good supply of drinking water, which if you are not traveling by car,  you will have to purchase. This is a must in order to prevent dehydration and to keep the bowels functioning properly.

Surina Ann Jordan, PhD,  is the author of Living Well and  The Seven Disciplines of Wellness

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The Holistic Mindset


It is not the one thing we do that threatens our health. It is not one food item that we eat or the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Nor is it one product that we use. It’s not the chemicals that we are exposed to; be it hair perms, insecticides, ammonia, or air fresheners. It is not the amount of substances or medications that we take. Nor is it the lack of water or the amount of coffee we drink. It’ s not the air pollution from cars & trucks, hazardous waste, ultraviolet radiation or landfills. It is not the lack of sleep, rest or quiet time. It is not too much stress or work, nor is it the lack of exercise.

It is the collective use and exposure to all these things that puts the body at risk and encourages abnormal cell growth. It is the careless treatment of our spirit, mind and body that breaks down the immune system. This leaves little time for healing, repair and the replacement of healthy cells. And when the body does attempt to rebuild there is little fuel from whole foods and no reserves to complete the task.

The immune system is not being supported and therefore cannot function at it’s full capacity in order to fight off many of the threats to the body. The loss of good health is so gradual that it can go unnoticed. A sense of what feels normal is lost and often times the onset of a particular symptom cannot be pinpointed.

Many of the items listed above strip the body of key nutrients and minerals that are needed in order to maintain good health.

At this point we must start living. The length of our lives is not as important as we often think. Length of life is not equal to quality of life. Really living is embracing the principles for living , which includes an awareness of purpose and making choices about daily living. Many of the things that we are exposed to can be a avoided or replaced by more natural alternatives. This takes knowledge and understanding, which allows us to live a physical existence, entrenched in love and good stewardship. With the Creator as your coach to bring forth the peace, purpose and plan for your life …Congratulations! Now you can start living.

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Got Cancer? Congratulation! Now you can start living by Surina Ann Jordan, PhD


The Holistic Mindset

South African Mission Accomplished


The Lesotho Medical Mission was a life-changing experience for me on many fronts. Now that I am back home in the United States reflecting, I can see that there were so many potential points of failure and danger. However, our missionary leadership team,

Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant (center)

headed by Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Sr. Episcopal Supervisor of the A.M.E. Church, were expert in all areas of this work and used their years of experience to buffer us. This allowed us to focus on service, the people and the work that needed to be done.

One of my initial observations is that we who have so much do so little.  It is also amazing how much people can live without. The team consisted of 70 missionaries from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. We successfully completed five and one half days of clinical work and five community outreach trips. (see My Journal Details)

The temperature was great. It was the beginning of spring. We arrived in Maseru, Lesotho from Johannesburg just in time to see the sunset. It was beautiful!

Sunday Evening in Maseru

Goals for our mission

  • Setup a medical clinic in the capitol city of Maseru, Lesotho, and provide health care services to as many men, women and children as possible.
  • Execute relief ministry to designated outreach targets in and around the city of Maseru, Lesotho.
  • Fortify and strengthen three designated AME churches in Maseru, Lesotho through collective worship and gifts.


Our trip to Lesotho was uneventfully pleasant and exciting. There were several team members, who like me, had never been to South Africa. We departed from Dulles airport in Virginia on Thursday, August 26, 2010 and arrived in Johannesburg on Friday evening after a quick refueling in Dakar, West Africa. Total air time was approximately 17 hours. One of my initial assignments was to help keep the team healthy during the long-haul flight. I acted as coach/physical trainer making sure that each person moved every one to two hours during the flight and making certain that they remained hydrated. It was a pleasant spiritual moment when we touched down on the continent of Africa. We were greeted warmly by our guide and travel logician, Jeffrey. We spent our first evening in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Airport Greeters

We started out early the next day for a six- hour chartered bus ride to Maseru. There were two buses, one for the medical team and one for the rest of the team. On the bus smaller groups were formed. The team were separated  to provide the first opportunity to do face-to-face team building and continue planning for the days ahead. It was important to maximize every moment in order to accomplish our assignments. The bus ride was nonstop with the exception of our passage through the two borders. I conducted body maintenance exercises hourly, which included turning the waist, stretching the spine, and massaging the legs and arms. Here are a few pictures of the country side and border sites of interest.

The scenes of the South African country side helped prepare us for what we would face in the days ahead, including the living conditions of the people we would serve in the coming days.It was the start of spring in Lesotho. The nights were still cold (40 degrees) and the days were a very comfortable 70 degrees.

South African Country-side








Maseru Border
Joyful Christians Greeters at the Border

Border Crossing – A Daily occurrence for many workers.

We were asked to get out of our buses and walk across the 1/4 mile border into Maseru. We were advised not to take pictures while walking outside of our buses and while crossing at border.

The city of Maseru, which is the capitol of Lesotho offered amenities not found in other rural or urban areas of the country. The infrastructure was very westernized. Our hotel was very nice and served as a wonderful home base after very long work days. It was a safe place for over 70 women and only three men. We were also able to have American-type breakfasts and occasionally dinners.

Medical Clinic

We established our clinic in the center of Maseru at the African Methodist Episcopal James Center owned and operated by the A.M.E. Church. This facility was recently refurbished and now stands as the best facility for conferences and events in the area.

The A.M.E James Center

It is a revenue generator, which helps supports the church community outreach programs. The next phase will include a paved parking lot and landscaping. However, for now  these remain rough, hilly and challenging especially during winter. The team spent Saturday night, Sunday after church services, and lunch setting up the clinic and preparing for opening day, 8 am Monday.

When arrived at the James Center, that morning the lines were full of people.  By 12 noon we realized that the wait queue for triage was so full that we not be able to service all of them that day. We ended the line and ask them to return the following day.  We repeated this process each day.  The people were patient and kind. Few arrived at the center by cars. Most of them walked for miles and were willing to return on the next day.

Details & pictures from my journal

Journal 1 – Clinic & Visit to a Village

Journal 2 – Missionary Log & Pictures

Journal 3 – Last Day & Wrap Up

Social Issues

“To create sustainable health and wellness, we would need to directly address the cultural and social barriers”

The burden of HIV/AIDS has impacted every aspect of life in Lesotho. What was apparent during our short stay was that women are dying more frequently and faster than the male population. As a result, active grand-parenting is the norm, orphanages are at capacity, and teenage head-of-households are on the rise.

One of the most significant takeaways I experienced was the extreme oppression of the women of Lesotho. As I read the briefing materials provided to us I noted this information:

“In 2006 Lesotho passed the Legal Capacity of Married Person’s Act, which provides equal status to married women. Under traditional customary law women lacked political, financial and social rights, which made it more difficult for them to resist demands for sex and negotiate safer sex practices. This therefore made them more vulnerable to HIV infection. It is hoped that the passing of this law will change women’s subordinate status in Lesotho’s traditional culture, and enable them to better protect themselves from HIV.”

To create sustainable health and wellness, we would need to directly address the cultural and social barriers that necessitate public policies like this one. The HIV/AIDS crisis has put the womb of the Kingdom of Lesotho in a diseased state and her population at risk for extinction.

Future Mission Focus

The intention of the mission leadership was to make an impact no the lives of the people of Lesotho for generations to come. Unlike traditional missions, this medical mission was holistic in nature. We had the skill sets to address the physical condition of a person, but also we were able to treat depression, stress, address emotional issues, wellness, and provide health education. Enhancements would be to strengthen the program in these areas. For example, more resources must be allocated towards prevention and sustainable living.

Our health education efforts focused on the areas of life extension and prevention. Our goal was to identify the cultural inhibitors to wellness and address these through health education with the overall goal of providing affordable non-medical and medical solutions for wellness.

Our last visit to Lesotho was four years before this visit. Keeping with the spirit of empowerment we  built in time to transition the work we’ve started to the local missionary groups. More specifically, we  trained them to do follow-ups, to monitor treatment protocols, and facilitate compliance with treatments. Their follow-up would ensure that continued healing takes place and that expected positive outcomes occur. Additionally, we plan to leverage medical technology (like telemedicine) to put the clinical team in touch with the local missionary groups and certified practitioners for planning purposes before we return.

Humbly Submitted,

Surina Ann Jordan, PhD

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