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How To Beat Jet Lag: Practical Advice From A Serial Traveler

September 13, 2017
by
LAURYN

How to beat jet lag: jet lag tips from Michael Bosstick | by the skinny confidential

Hey guys, Michael again.

If you read The Skinny Confidential & follow Lauryn on Instagram Stories/Snapchat you have probably seen me scrambling around at the airport or in a foreign city like a psychopath.  

That’s because I am on a mission.  

The mission: to beat jet lag & conquer every airport I step foot in. To destroy the hoards of civilians who sluggishly pile through airport security! To defeat the people who stack up against the baggage claim & hold their bag for dear life as it drags them across the claim belt! To obliterate the snot-nosed sneezing infant that is passing viral fluid through the air! 

Woah! Sorry! That was getting heated. Let’s slow down…

Today I won’t go on a rave about airport travel ( even though I really want to ). Today I want to talk to you about JET LAG.

Defined by Google: Jet lagalso called desynchronosis & flight fatigue, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, & other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.

So let’s dive in:

For years I have been trying to figure out the best way to beat Jet lag and I can finally say I think I have it down. This data has been compiled over 20 years of traveling to foreign places & multiple time zones. Lauryn & I have to travel a lot for work and sometimes the turn around is quick. If we are jet lagged it really effects the trip and ruins the experience. So today I hope I can provide some value by sharing how I have learned to beat jet lag.

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Below you will find my 12 steps to beat jet lag.

  1. Prep Before You Leave: If you know in advance where you are traveling to, start adjusting your body to the time zone about a week ahead. If you are in the US and traveling to Europe start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.
  2. No Caffeine: The day of the flight do not drink any coffee or caffeine. There is a long lasting effect in caffeine that will make it difficult to sleep when you finally need to.
  3. Forget Home Time: Once you’re done battling the hoards at the airport and get on your flight, set your watch to the time zone you are traveling to. Completely stop thinking about your current time zone. Don’t do the “what time is it at home” thing. Just set your watch to the destination time and tell your body and mind “that’s what time it is.”
  4. Limit Alcohol: If you are going to have a drink on the plane, limit it to 1. Substitute the rest with water. When you are at a high altitude and you drink too much alcohol, the alcohol becomes more potent & dehydrates the body. This will destroy quality sleep, which will further add to your jet lag.
  5. Resist Sleep: When you are on the plane resist sleeping at the wrong time. Since you set your watch to the time zone you are traveling to you can now tell if it’s the right or wrong time. If it says 3pm in the time zone you are traveling to. Do not sleep. Gut through it. Work on your computer. Work on an iPad or iPhone. The artificial light from these devices will help keep you awake ( Lauryn uses these weird yellow glasses to fight artificial light, HA! ).
  6. Prep to Rest and Quality Rest: If it’s time to try to sleep or you know it’s getting near the time, get off your phone, iPad, computer, or TV screen 1 hour prior and start relaxing. Just like the previous tip, the artificial light from these devices will keep you awake. We want to shut down and give the body the best chance to get some rest when we need it. ( Bonus: use noise canceling headphones & a calming app- Lauryn & I use Relax Melodies. This will help you fall asleep ).
  7. Hot/Cold Shower: When you land and get checked in to wherever you are staying the first thing you should do is unpack clothes for the day/night and take a hot/cold shower. First use the hot water to relax a bit, clean the airport germs off your body and then SHOCK your body with some freezing cold water. This will shock your system & get you fired up for the next part.
  8. Have a meal: Whatever time of day/night it is, go have a meal that corresponds with that in the local time zone. If it’s breakfast, go have breakfast. If it’s lunch have lunch. Drink a ton of water. I have 1-2 cocktails at this point as well because I feel like it helps to let my body and mind know that it’s not bedtime. For some this makes them tired. If you don’t drink don’t worry about this part. It’s personal preference.
  9. Walk & Get Sunlight: Take a walk to digest and orient your body with the new surroundings. If it’s daylight, get a minimum of ten minutes in the sun. ( Lauryn will disagree with me here because of sun exposure- you know she won’t go in the sun for a second! Ten minutes won’t kill you ). I think the sun helps to orient your body and mind with the new time zone.
  10. Crush a Workout: Go to the gym and work out as hard as you can for at least 30-45 minutes. If there is no gym exercise outside. Do not workout in your hotel room or AIRBNB. You will be tempted to sleep.
  11. Gut Through It: Do not sleep until it’s the appropriate time! I cannot stress this enough. If you nap you are screwed. It will make the next 3-4 days a living hell. You will be tired. You will miss your trip and you will be miserable. Lauryn never listens to me & this always happens to her. You need to dig deep & gut through it. Navy Seals are asked to stay up for 3 days during seal training while also training their asses off. You can do one day. Don’t be a baby ( ahem, LAURYN! ).
  12. Defeat Jet Lag: Finally your head will hit the pillow at the appropriate time & you’ll be so exhausted from the exertion that you should get a good night’s sleep and be right back on schedule for the next morning.

I am telling you with complete certainty that if you can follow the tips above you have a really strong chance of beating jet lag. There is nothing worse than spending your entire trip sleeping through the days & tossing & turning through the night. It ruins the entire experience. If you can take my advice to heart and tough through a couple of uncomfortable days you will beat jet lag & save your trip.

I wish you all good luck on your mission!

Over and out – Michael

+ be sure to check out the latest podcast with fitness guru, Kim Kelly- she’s like a Navy Seal with her workouts! Also if you guys liked this post, let me know & we will dedicate a whole podcast episode to jet lag/travel hacks.

++ read more posts by Michael | check out Lauryn’s airport style.

{ follow along on Instagram & Snapchat: @michaelbosstick }

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TSC HIM & HER PODCAST EPISODE 57: Gary Bosstick

April 6, 2017
by
LAURYN

tsc him and her podcast episode 57 gary bosstick | by the skinny confidential This week on THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST...

( 1:15 ): Excited to be back with my husband, Peter Pepper, for this week’s Him & Her podcast.

( 2:30 ): This week you guys get to meet a very special guest who we’ve never had on the show.

( 5:50 ): It’s time to introduce Michael’s best friend, business partner, mentor & father, Gary Bosstick.

QUESTIONS FOR GARY

( 8:20 ): Michael asks: “Tell us your story & what brought you to San Diego.”

( 10:30 ): Lauryn asks: “You have 3 incredible kids. What are some values & tips you worked to instill in your children?”

( 12:35 ): Michael asks: “What was San Diego like in 1965 when you first moved here?”

( 14:35 ): Michael asks: “How did you make the jump from small town Navy guy to real estate developer?”

( 17:10 ): Lauryn asks: “How was Michael growing up?”

( 20:00 ): Lauryn asks: “You took Michael to Europe when he was in 8th grade. Tell us about that.”

( 25:35 ): Lauryn asks: “You guys also took me to Europe at 21. How was that?”

( 28:00 ): Lauryn asks: “We’re going to Europe this year again with you. Are you excited?”

( 29:30 ): Michael asks: “Can you tell us about the game you guys used to play called unsmash?”

( 33:15 ): Michael asks: “How has technology changed & impacted your business?”

( 40:35 ): Michael asks: “You’ve been through a lot of ups & downs. What advice would you give for when things get tough?”

( 43:50 ): Lauryn asks: “You and your wife built your relationship on the foundation of trust & integrity. What are your key relationship tips?”

( 49:20 ): Michael asks: “Why is reading so important?”

( 52:00 ): Lauryn asks: “What is the final Garyism you want to leave our listeners with?”

It’s always a blast having our family on the show. Gary will be back on the podcast when we visit Europe this summer. We hope you enjoyed hearing his stories. Thank you for all of the support!

lauryn, x

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Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for the New Year.

HNY! TSC in 2012 <3

August 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for the New Year.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for the New Year.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for the New Year.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for the New Year.

My New Year’s resolution?

I meannnnn, instead of dreaming up a bunch of shit I hope for, I’d rather just be productive.

So I guess my resolution is to flourish.

Flourish in love, business, fitness, family, friends, health, Pixy, & life in general.

On that note, I hope you all take 2013 by the balls. Each & everyone of you deserves amazingness!

HNY!

MWAH.L

A Sexy, Summer Salad w/ Zero Calorie Dressing

April 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Since being home from vacation, I’ve been trying to eat super clean. Europe was a lovely experience filled with bread, wine, & pasta, and although we walked everywhere, I came home feeling disgustingly, overly, way too bloated. Needless to say, the “I’m off vacay feeling, ate too much crap, & need to step it up ASAP” feeling hit me immediately after I exited customs.

Some of my post-trip meals/snacks: tons of vegetables, summer fruits, sashimi, low-sodium soups, Boca burgers, arugula, eggs…& this little dime of a salad. This recipe is definitely one of my skinny tricks: it’s filled with water-filled fruits, zero calorie [ yes, zero calorie ] dressing, & the no fat, no sodium, energy-boosting veggie, cucumber [ <3 to put a few refreshing slices of this in my sparkling water too ].

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

A Sexy, Summer Salad:

 Serves 2-3

1 cup of watermelon chunks

1 cup of hothouse cucumber, sliced

About 10 cherries, pitted

1 medium nectarine, sliced

1 1/2 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

1/2 lime juice, squeezed

1 sprinkle of sea salt

Directions: grab a big bowl & throw in watermelon chunks, cucumber slices, cherries, & nectarine slices. Add red wine vinegar, lime juice, & a sprinkle of salt. Toss lightly with a big spoon. In case you’re wondering, the dressing is the red wine vinegar + lime juice + sea salt = 0 cals. So easy, so delicious!

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Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health bloger, talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

 

The Skinny Confidential does Europe Playlist

April 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts and Jordan Bosstick present The Skinny Confidential does Europe Workout Playlist

Lauryn Evarts and Jordan Bosstick present The Skinny Confidential does Europe Workout Playlist

Since I met up with Jordan in Europe [ & we did our fair share of partying- Tiësto at Pacha was amazing! ], we decided to gather songs from our trip to make another workout playlist. And thanks to Jordan’s sister, Tara we also added some Spanish house music because it’s seriously amazing. Not only does this playlist have tons of party till your face falls off beats, it’s an extremely motivating fitness playlist too [ << we <3 it for cardio sessions ]. Work hard, play hard, right? Check it out and LMK what you think!

To become a subscriber to The Skinny Confidential does Europe Playlist on Spotify click here [ other fitness playlists can be found here & here ].

+ P.S. For all of you who are unable to access Spotify, click here for a visual of The Skinny Confidential does Europe Playlist! As always, a big thanks to Jordan. 

{{ Shop it: orange top found here, black high waisted shorts here, black fringe purse here [ similar ], mint green necklace here, black jumper here, arrowhead earring here & red lipstick here. Jordan’s blazer found here, pink shirt here, & jeans here }}.

Lauryn Evarts and Jordan Bosstick present The Skinny Confidential does Europe Workout Playlist

[ Tara, Jordan, & I in Paris ]

Lauryn Evarts and Jordan Bosstick present The Skinny Confidential does Europe Workout Playlist

[ Jordan in Ponferrada, Spain ]

Lauryn Evarts and Jordan Bosstick present The Skinny Confidential does Europe Workout Playlist

[ Parisssss ]