Have you ever semi-dreaded traveling or taking a vacation just because you didn’t want to come back from it 5 to 10 pounds heavier? You’re not alone! This is a common worry for our clients who have been working hard on their health and fitness goals and want to maintain their results. Coming up are my 5 Best Tips To Eat Healthy While Traveling and help keep you on track with your goals.
Being out of routine and away from your own kitchen can make it that much easier to slip into past habits and/or give in to unhealthy choices (which, unfortunately, are often the most readily available!).
1. Pack healthy foods to bring with you (and possibly even a small blender!)
What are some of your favorite healthy “go-to” foods that would also make easy “to-go” options? Some of my favorite foods to pack in a cooler for car trips and/or my carry-on for flights include:
- Sliced veggies with a healthy dip like hummus or tzatziki
- Apples with a natural nut or seed butter
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Raw almonds (or other nuts and seeds)
- Turkey jerky
In my suitcase, I often pack a small blender (I have a Magic Bullet) so that I can easily prepare my Shakeology shakes at my destination. I also pack other foods that I think might be harder to find (e.g., gluten free bread).
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2. Stay hydrated
Water helps curb hunger so make sure you have lots of it – ideally, drink half your bodyweight in ounces over the course of a day. I pack an empty water bottle for flights and make sure to fill it once through security so that I’m not dependant on waiting for the beverage service on the plane. For road trips, I fill the water bottle at home.
In considering other beverages, avoid the empty calories in juice, pop/soda, and especially alcohol. Instead, choose herbal or green teas and sparkling water. A great “trick” if you’re craving a cocktail: fill a wine glass with sparkling water and add some fresh lemon or lime wedges – no calories and it’s refreshing :)
3. Keep an “emergency snack” with you at all times
Always keep a healthy snack option within easy reach. For example, nuts, an apple, or a small portion of homemade granola can help to tide you over when you’re hungry and faced with only unhealthy food choices – buying you some time to figure out a healthier meal alternative.
4. Steer clear of fast-food and make smart restaurant choices
- If available, pull up an online menu for the restaurant and look up the nutritional information prior to going/ordering
- Pick lean meats, fish, and veggie choices that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, or poached
- Ask for dressings and sauces on the side
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the menu or make special requests
5. Eat frequently
Going long stretches without eating is never recommended. Have you ever had the experience where you were so hungry that you felt like you could eat anything? Well, the problem is, when you have that feeling, you usually do – and it typically isn’t in-line with your clean eating goals. So to avoid a regretful binge, eat small, light meals at regular intervals.
I hope you’ve found my article on ‘5 Best Tips To Eat Healthy While Traveling’ helpful and that it will keep you on track with your goals. Wishing you safe journeys and good eating!!