Making wellness & ritual effortless is one of our most important purposes as a brand. We are campers, we love being out in nature, and that comes being ok with taking things slow and being ok with not having a routine. While spontaneity takes the lead, and we ebb and flow with the weather ~ there are some non-negotiables that without question will continue no matter the plans. For us, it's a morning lemon water on waking, a pour-over coffee while the sun rises, and movement (a hike, or maybe a stretch camp side). We explore the idea of digestive health, and wellness essentials, while camping ~ with our nutritionist in residence, Tayla Lovering. 

Written by Tayla Lovering (BHSC, Naturopathy) 

Camping is one of my favourite things to do for so many reasons. Connecting back with nature, exploring new places, hearing the ocean, the trees, going for long walks, soaking up every single bit of sunshine, both cooking and eating camp food, actually reading that book, noticing my skin beam from such simple living and routine, noticing my nervous system relax, noticing my digestive system settle. If camping is up your ally, you’ll know how healing it feels. But if it's typically not for you, getting back to nature in anyway should be an adjunct to your healing journey - if it’s not already. Not that we needed proof but there are now research papers outlining these bountiful benefits.

Whilst I’m camping, there is a need for simplicity with supporting my health, I’ve learnt from my many attempts, that lavish health quests, protocols or supplement schedules go out the window, however I believe it’s still an incredible time to get back to the basics of health so I’m going to give insight to routines and rituals I love and handy tips to feel your best whilst camping and exploring.  

Digestion:

Simple digestive support to start your day like lemon juice in water or apple cider vinegar can be incredibly beneficial for boosting digestive function whilst camping. If it’s the one thing you stick to your body will love you for it. After this routine, I have a morning ritual of brewing a Masala Chai in my mini pot with almond milk, these spices are extra satisfying for digestive function. The morning generally couldn’t get better from here.

Liver Support:

With camping comes times of alcohol consumption and with that, a desire to limit the harmful effects this can have on enjoying the next day. I love to brew dandelion root tea each day as a way of supporting my liver function whilst aiding my digestion and clearance of toxins. There is no safe limit of alcohol intake however admiring a delicious natural wine or freshly made camp style margarita is a joy and balance I like to indulge in. 

Hydration:

Additionally drinking adequate water is important, being out in the elements brings about an extra need for hydration. Dosing with electrolytes can be one of the most profound, and easy additions to your day as essential minerals are important for regulating our bodies water balance, nerve function, muscle tone, cardiovascular health, hormonal health, gut health and tissue composition. Additionally, herbal teas are one of my favourite ways to hydrate whilst camping, mostly for the ritual aspect. A big one for camping is bring more water than you think you’ll need; we pack a huge tub of water to ensure we have enough. Having large drink bottles that keep your water fresh and cool is also important.

Movement:

Movement is always important, however with the travel, sitting more frequently, often sleeping on a less comfortable and supportive bed I find I need nourishing movement more than ever. Pilates is my favourite way to open my body back up, support my posture and avoid pesky back pain (not to mention if you aren’t moving, your bowels won't be either). Bring a mat and prioritise it in the mornings I promise it will make your day just that bit sweeter.  Additionally walking or running will be beneficial to your health and a great way to see more of your camp destination.

Food:

Eat real, basic food. One of my favourite parts about camping is the food and the preparation of food. Camp meals just taste better, but they’re also simpler and generally made with more intention and love. We plan out our meals and focus on whole foods with a macro-balanced focus before setting off. Quality protein sources with vegetables and a complex carbohydrate like potato or pumpkin are the most frequent nightly meal. I also use camping as a time to create delicious meals like soups, stews or pizzas or bake a nourishing brownie or some nutrient packed cookies. Often some freshly caught fish or even Abalone can change the game with cooking and creates that bit more creativity in the camp kitchen. If you’re an avid camper I couldn’t recommend purchasing a camp fridge and mini webberQ enough. They have been incredible for the longevity of foods and have made creating meals much sweeter. 

MY CAMPING HEALTH ESSENTIALS: