Often we are faced with challenges. How we deal with these challenges either makes or breaks us. Traveling and healthy eating is one of these challenges. Whichever means of transport you use opt, there will be the temptation from numerous fast food shops available at every stopover. A shake in self-discipline and you will find yourself indulging in these treats. To avoid this, you will need to follow a few tips while traveling.
Traveling and Healthy Eating
To ensure that you don’t suffer from poor eating consequences after traveling, do the following:
- Avoid Fast Foods
We all know the consequences of indulging in junk foods. While these foods will be numerous during your travel, try as much as possible to avoid them. You can do this by carrying packed snacks and meals with you. This is especially possible when you are traveling for quite a distance by road. This will curb the temptation of stopping over at the next fast food joint on your way.
- Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is critical. A healthy heavy breakfast will give you the energy that you need to stay active throughout the day. You should go on a high fiber diet that has a lot of whole grains and proteins. This combination will keep you fuller for longer. This way, you can concentrate on the day’s activities and reduce snacking every few hours.
- Plan Before Embarking on the Trip
Through planning, you know what to take with you and what to leave (regarding foods and other necessities). Take this time to decide on the kind of foods you will eat during the trip and which ones you won’t. This will make it easier for you to surpass all obstacles that may present themselves while traveling regarding food.
- Go Through The Airline Menu
Unlike before, now most airlines offer healthy meals. Peruse through the menu and find a healthy meal that will keep you full throughout the flight. It should be balanced with all the required nutrients, proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates.
- Drink Sufficient Amounts of Water
Water keeps you hydrated throughout the trip. Your intake of water should remain the same as when you aren’t traveling. This is because you’ll find that sometimes dehydration masquerades as hunger. You may be pushed to eat a bit more when in the actual sense what you need is water. Buy fruits along the way for addition water supply but don’t use beverages as substitutes for water.
- Stick to the “one treat per day” rule
Most people with a sweet tooth will find avoiding sweet treats quite challenging. The remedy for this is to have one treat per day when you are traveling. If you say its ice cream, then you buy some ice cream and you are done for the day. All the other meals that you take that day should be healthy and nutritious.
- Stay Mindful
Having a clear mind during the trip will help you in many ways. One, your food choices will be top notch. This will especially help you when the food is in a buffet and you are spoilt for choice. Another thing, it helps you get the most out of the trip. If it is a business trip, you attend all the workshops and meeting, and your focus is uninterrupted. That’s why you are recommended to avoid alcohol when traveling.
- Scan the Destination Prior
Familiarize yourself with the place you are headed to before you leave. It is a great way of making hotel reservations, and if the need arises, you can spot grocery and convenience stores with ease. It also helps you locate healthy food joints along the way. You can download an app for this.
- Carry a Reusable Water Bottle
This will save you lots of cash that would have been spent buying water bottles during the trip. You can easily refill it and have your water wherever you go.
- Empty the Hotel Room Bar
If you are not planning to indulge in alcohol during this trip, then it makes perfect sense that you should empty it and store some healthy snacks in there. Alternatively, you can make a fridge from a Styrofoam cooler and ice from the hotel’s ice machine.
Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), by profession a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She provides solution related to health and beauty problems. She is an independent researcher who researches for all type of skin related issues. She is a passionate blogger who loves to read lifestyle news and share her views on health, fitness and diet. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.
NOTE: Photos via Foter.com