Traveling is usually associated with having a vacation and enjoying yourself, but this doesn’t mean that you should completely go off your diet while you are away from home. You can always make an effort to maintain your healthy diet, despite temptations of new environments and lack of access to your usual food. Remember, healthy food helps you keep your energy levels up and make you feel well as you travel. It is best to avoid sudden changes in your diet so you don’t end up sick during your trip.
Here are some tips on eating healthy while traveling:
1. Pack healthy portable snacks.
Bring non-perishable snacks like nuts, fruit bars, nut bars, and protein bars with you especially for long trips. Trail mix is filling and not messy to eat. You can even pack some sandwiches filled with peanut butter, fruit jam, hummus, or cheese. These can serve as ready-to-eat meals. If you want, you can also prepare individual packages of yogurt, fruit cups, sliced carrots, etc. These snacks are perfect for eating while you are on the train, bus, or plane.
2. Bring a cooler in your car.
If you are going on a road trip or traveling by car, it would be a good idea to bring a small cooler with you. This way, you can keep packed food fresh and drinks cool.
Some suggestions for food for the road include: sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruits and fresh cut veggies, sliced deli meats, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal cookies, etc.
3. Check out a local grocery store.
If you are staying with friends or relatives who aren’t as health-conscious as you are, you can always offer to cook for your hosts or do some grocery shopping to help out. This also counts when you’re renting an apartment during your trip.
Look for whole grains, whole wheat bread, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables. You can pick up easy to handle foods that require little to no preparation. Examples of these are dry roasted nuts, Greek yogurt, and whole grain cereal and milk. Even if you are staying at a hotel, you can easily locate a nearby supermarket to load up on healthy food options. These are infinitely better than snacking on candy bars and soda from a vending machine.
4. Find healthier options in convenience stores.
If you can’t pack your own snacks, you will most likely have to stop by convenience stores for inexpensive food. Usually, convenience stores are stocked with unhealthy food like pastries, chips, and other processed goods. But, they do have healthy options too. Try to look for whole grain cereals, low fat milk, bran muffins, yogurt, or whole grain granola bars instead.
5. Research restaurants online.
Do advance research on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Or, you can even just Google for restaurants in your location using keywords like “grass-fed,” “paleo,” or other words that pertain to your diet. They might be a little pricier, but try to choose restaurants with menus that will suit your diet.
You can also inform the waiter and/or the chef that you are avoiding gluten or dairy or anything specific that’s not included in your diet. You can also request for their help in making substitutions, if necessary. For example, you can opt for olive oil instead of dressing for your salad, veggies as sides instead of fries or bread. Most restaurants will happily accommodate.
6. Avoid food that will make you feel bad.
These are food that you crave but will immediately leave you feeling sick after you eat them. They can drain you of energy and ruin your mood. This is definitely not something that you want to happen when you’re traveling. Avoid eating food like sugary snacks and deep-fried goodies. Avoid soda and alcohol as well.
7. Bring a water bottle wherever you go.
Always carry a water bottle with you as you are traveling. Drink water regularly to prevent dehydration especially since you will be on-the-go. Water can keep you active and energized. Having water can help you avoid the temptation to buy soda or other cool drinks that are often loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Moreover, don’t mistake thirst for hunger.If you feel the urge to stop for snacks, drink some water first to gauge if your hunger is real or not.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle choice, but don’t restrict yourself too much either. The joy of traveling comes from being able to experience new things, including food. Allow yourself to try out the local cuisine as well, as long as you don’t stray too far from what you’ve decided is healthy for your body to consume.
About the author:
Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality, Robotic Packaging Systems manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.
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