Eat Smart while Traveling
Sticking to a healthy diet while traveling can be one of the most difficult things to do in your life. However if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet is really not that difficult. This is probably not the best time in which to start strict diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel is not as difficult as it first may seem.
Healthy Airline Food Choices
If you are traveling by plane, your healthy diet may have to include airline food, which can often struggle to hit all the healthy food choice boxes. When you book your flight, ask about available food options. Your best option is to ask if a vegetarian dish is available. Vegetarian dishes are often healthy and nutritious, but it really depends the airline as to what they will be serving. If you can, eat a larger healthy meal before your flight so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served on the plane to feel full.
Avoid Fast Food Restaurants
When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the foods found there. Avoid this whenever possible! If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having greasy fast food more than once during a week can undo all your hard work. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like grilled chicken breast and choose water instead of soda.
Self Cater Healthy Meals
A great option is to take your own food when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Choose Healthy Options from the Menu
Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in half and getting a doggie (take home) bag and you will be well on your way to healthy eating, even when away from home.
You’re up for the Challenge of Eating Healthy when you Travel!
Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. When you eat good foods, you will also fight illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and be more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.