For some people, travel is unavoidable. Whether it is business or pleasure, being pulled away from your home routines can provide the perfect excuse to loosen up on your positive dietary habits. Being, quite literally, outside ones comfort zone can lead to seeking of “comfort food”. However, going out on the road does not mean that you have to resort to eating an abundance of unhealthy meals. There are ways to stick to a healthy eating plan no matter where your destination may be. Follow these simple tips so you can return from your trip rested, refreshed and at your optimal weight.
Take along some healthy snacks when you are traveling that will help satisfy cravings. Dried fruit such as raisins, seeds and nuts, lowcalorie fiber bars and instant oatmeal packets that you can add water to make easy to carry, delicious snacks that will help you stick to your nutritious eating plan. Travel can take a toll on the body so it is important to stay hydrated during your trip. You should particularly drink plenty of water if you are flying. Staying hydrated will help you feel full and forgo the need to eat between meals.
Planning ahead for healthy foods is simple. If you are flying during meal times and your airline provides meals, ask for a healthy alternative or a vegetarian meal. Eat before you leave for a long plane, train or car ride. Eating a healthy meal before taking off will make it less likely for you to dip into unhealthy snacks in the air or on the road. Do an online search for healthy restaurants and hotels with a fitness center while you are planning your trip. One of the factors that I found pivotal in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling was to read reviews from travelers with the same desires. I recently took a trip out west and found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding their amenities and services along with the reviews for the restaurants in the surrounding area. This made it easier than ever to remain healthy both in and out of the hotel. As you can imagine, in the midst of the buffet capital of the world, I was ecstatic.
Stay In for Meals
Scope out your surroundings by asking the hotel concierge or, better yet, by taking walks around the neighborhood to see if you are near a healthy restaurant, health food store or farmers market. These spots will provide healthy alternatives to high-calorie and high-fat foods.
If possible, avoid going out for three meals a day by getting a room with a kitchenette or at least a microwave and refrigerator. When booking your hotel, ask whether these accommodations may be available in your room. Heat up oatmeal for breakfast; keep fruit in the mini refrigerator for breakfast or snacks. This will cut down on your need to go out for meals.
When going out to eat, take care when ordering. Ask your server for salad dressing on the side and to take away any breadbaskets that he may place on the table. Ask for a container before you get your meal so you can split it and take half back to the room with you for later. Order soup and an appetizer or order a half sandwich or salad instead of an entrée to save on calories. This may end up saving you money as well.
It’s important to treat yourself when you are on the road so you don’t go crazy and end up gorging one day. Save room for a quality desert at a restaurant or an ice-cream cone on the boardwalk. Limit yourself to one delicious treat each day and eat healthier the rest of the time.
Following these simple tips will allow you to enjoy your travels and come home in as good of shape as when you left!
Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” You can read more of his travels at his blog: http://colemill.blogspot.com
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