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Book helps travelers stay on the right nutritional course

By Cox Newspapers


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. » Maybe you're planning your summer vacation.

Or perhaps your daily life always has you on the go.

Either way, when circumstances dictate you make quick, unplanned decisions about nutrition, you might not always make the most health­ful choices.

That's where renowned health and nutrition coach Alina Zhu­kov­skaya comes in.

Known to friends and clients as "Alina Z," the South Florida-based Zhu­kov­skaya, who originally hails from Russia, specializes in what she calls "couture nutrition."

"In fashion, ‘couture' refers to custom-made clothing that's designed to fit the wearer perfectly," she explains. "I take the same approach with my clients' nutrition strategies. Tastes, preferences, lifestyle — they all factor in when we create personalized eating plans."

And now Zhu­kov­skaya, 33, has condensed much of her health and wellness wisdom into a self-published, pocket-size book called "Traveler's Guide to Couture Nutrition: Top Tips for Eating On-the-Go" (available at alinaz.com for $11.11) which will help you stay on course with your nutrition — no matter where life takes you.


Formatted into two dozen quick-read chapters, Zhu­kov­skaya's guide covers every aspect of eating outside your home.

For instance, in the "Crunchy Carbs and Chips" chapter, Zhu­kov­skaya offers tasty, nutritious alternatives to the typical airport pretzels, chips and popcorn.

Among her favorites: Mary's Gone Crackers, which are wheat- and gluten-free. Of the organic snacks, she writes that they're "full of good carbohydrates, healthy fats and are delicious!"

An accomplished vegan chef herself, Zhu­kov­skaya also recommends vegan snacking products from Two Moms in the Raw because they have "a generous dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and filling fiber."

For those times when you know you won't be able to eat fresh fruit, she suggests That's It bars. These easy-to-carry energy boosters are made solely of just two kinds of fruit — say, mango and apple — and contain nothing else (hence, the name).


Zhukovskaya's "Traveler's Guide" goes beyond just helping satisfy your hunger cravings.

Because traveling — especially on airplanes — both stresses your body and exposes you to more toxins, she recommends ingesting supplements of chlorella because it's "an algae that is rich in blood-purifying chlorophyll."

Another tip if you're heading to a cold climate: "Avoid dairy products such as cream and cheeses as they can be mucus-producing," which is "especially relevant in the winter when people are more prone to getting colds."

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