Traveling can be a lot of fun, you get to relax and enjoy a great time with your loved ones while going off to some exotic location. However, eating healthy can be a difficult task especially, if you want to enjoy some of the exotic food along the way. While that’s understandable, eating meals that are unplanned can prevent you from sticking to a healthy diet and increase your chances to eat junk food or simply overeating.
In order to avoid that, we’ll look at the 9 best ways you can stay healthy while traveling.
Get a good night’s rest
It starts where you stop
If you’re on a road trip and you stop at a gas station or Mc Donald’s you’re limiting your healthy food choices and most likely will be eating junk food. However, planning and stopping at restaurants or grocery stores will give you a larger variety of healthier eating choices and will help you stick to a healthy eating diet.
Eat less, more often
Eat plenty of proteins
Stay away from those harmful sugary snacks and drinks by eating the right amount of protein (ones that have the essential amino acids) your body needs. This helps stabilize your blood sugar, giving you lots of energy, while enhancing your concentration, and keeping you fuller for a longer period of time.
This includes delicious lean meat such as lamb, chicken, and pork. You’ll be able to enjoy your food and keep yourself healthy in the process.
Often when we’re traveling, it can be difficult to access food at regular intervals. Or worst, skipping meals altogether making your metabolism slow down to prevent you from starving. This causes your cells and body to crave food, exposing you to overeat on unhealthy foods. For example, you may have skipped lunch only to eat a huge dinner with a big piece of cake. If you stuck to eating throughout the day, you could have avoided overeating, as well as those other calorie bombs.
If you’re traveling on a plane, bus or car make sure to take healthy snacks in a backpack. You can munch on almonds, fresh dried fruit, berries and yogurt and many other great choices that will keep you energized and satisfied.
Drink a lot of water
People often mistake the sensation of thirst into thinking they need food when your body is actually asking for water. Misdiagnosing the difference between thirst and hunger can play a huge part in eating a lot of unnecessary calories. Whenever you feel hungry try drinking one or two glasses of water and wait 10 minutes. If this satisfies you, you were just thirsty. Otherwise, if you’re still experiencing your stomach grumbling you’re probably hungry. Drinking water before eating will make you feel fuller and will help prevent you from overeating.
There are many health benefits of drinking water apart from keeping you hydrated. It moisturizes your skin, keeping it fresh, soft and smooth. Flushes out all those nasty toxins help avoid headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue and eliminates cravings for junk food.
Pack your own meals
Visit the grocery store before leaving for your trip. You don’t want to be stressing out trying to find a quick healthy meal while being on the road. Making packable meals like wraps or sandwiches and packing them in a cooler bag before you leave can save you a headache when you’re on your trip.
Try to only eat your calories
Drinking fruit juice, soda and energy drinks should be totally avoided. They have a number of different health concerns such as a massive amount of sugar which causes dehydration, artificial sweeteners, lack of necessary nutrients to make you feel satiated. If you love OJ, eat an orange instead. It’s a healthier choice and is high in filling fiber as well as giving the citrus kick you love.
Choose the restaurant when you can
There is no doubt you will be eating out when traveling. In these instances, choose healthy options. Ignore the temptation of fried foods and go for roasted, grilled or poached options are best. Choose steamed vegetables over fried veggies. Don’t fill up on chips or bread and if you must add some potato pick the baked potato over chips. Always ask for sauces on the side, including salad dressing. Very often dressings tend to make even a healthy salad turn into an unhealthy option and skip dessert.
Be mindful of the amount of alcohol you consume, if you really want to stay healthy while traveling. The most important factor to consider is to go in with a game plan and try to stick to it as much as possible to avoid failure.
As you can see, being prepared is the key to success, you’ll see just how easy, simple and even cheap it can be to eat healthy while enjoying your travels.