All in a day's work: Kim the Flight Attendant
Kim is a 32-year-old flight attendant for Air New Zealand
WEDNESDAY (FLIGHT TO LA)
7pm NZT Snack pack of BBQ shapes and a diet coke.
10pm NZT Crew food—mixed salad greens, vegetables, small piece of salmon, spoonful of some sort of creamy chicken casserole, various tastes of other things… one mini curry puff
2am NZT Mini bite-sized Kit Kat. Dissatisfied, so a few minutes later, a few grapes and a small piece of watermelon.
9.30am UST Pre-landing crew food — scrambled eggs, one cooked tomato, two mini chicken sausages, piece of pineapple.
Land in Los Angeles 11.30am, get to hotel by 1pm.
3pm UST Wake up after 1½ hours sleep. Have a protein bar.
5pm UST Wine o’clock. Drinks and bar snacks with some crew. Corn chips, salsa and vegetable crudites with ranch dressing. Have a wee graze here for a couple of hours and four glasses of pinot noir.
9pm UST Takeout barbecue cheese burger with coleslaw (although I’d have preferred fries, at this point). Threw away bun, ate the rest — with one whole dill pickle, tomatoes and lettuce. Then, finally, sleep.
Nadia Lim’s quick nutritional fix
When working crazy hours and across somany different time zones, the hardest challenge when it comes to a healthy lifestyle can be a lack of routine and sleep (as our natural circadian rhythm gets out of sync). So limit caffeine (coffee
and soft drinks) and alcohol at least 4-5 hours before sleep as both are stimulants. Watch alcohol intake — the guidelines are no more than 2-3 standard drinks per day with a few alcohol-free days per week — it surprises people that one standard drink is 90-100ml of wine, which is half of what most people pour themselves as one glass. Airline food lacks fresh produce, so bring your own fruit and vegetables to nibble on to increase your fibre intake. Dried fruit is a great snack to take on travels too to keep the bowels going okay.