If you love to travel, you may find that eating healthy while traveling can be quite a challenge!
We recently went on a family vacation and I really chose my food choices as wisely as possible. And I’ll throw my husband under the bus. He did not choose as wisely (he knows it and admits it!). I also noticed the food choices for kids was pretty poor at many of the restaurants we visited. The usual kid fare had no vegetables and very few fruit options! Now, they are trying to get back on track with healthy decisions and feeling better.
For me, I know that the “vacation mindset” or poor eating will affect me in just a few days of eating bad foods. Dairy makes me itchy and break out, fried foods make my stomach hurt for days and too much grain will make me feel tired and droopy!
So what’s a traveler to do?
My tips-Find a local grocery store or even convenience store! What? A convenience store?
Try to find some fresh fruit if possible. If no fresh fruit is available, unsalted nuts can be a travelers best friend. Make sure you have plenty of water as well, so stock up while you are at the store.
Pick water as your drink of choice. I admit I had a few glasses of wine, beer and even, gasp-Diet Soda. And I had a few coffees. However, I put my own sugar in the coffee AND bought a container of almond milk at the store. It helped me feel better.
Having a few skip meals during vacation is fine. It might be a good idea to plan it out with your spouse or family-Which meals are going to be the indulging ones? What dessert might I pick for one of the vacation nights?
Salads are super filling options-but watch the toppings and the dressing! That healthy salad with cheese and dressing can be as much as a burger. I always ask for dressing on the side, no cheese and no croutons. I personally like putting some fried onions on my salad, but thats just me. And, maybe bring along some gum.
While traveling in the airports, that can be the most disastrous hit to the diet. I love to exercise while in the airport and take walks, as well as grab another overpriced bottle of water! There are often fruit cups available, but they can be paired with high sugar and high fat yogurts, so watch that fruit cup! I also suggest picking out a high fiber or high protein sandwich if possible. Most airports we have been to either have a Panera, Wildflower, Atlanta Bread Company. I try to aim for a egg white sandwich with spinach if possible!
So, if you are traveling, stick with the healthy habits that you have incorporated into your everyday life. Although a vacation is meant to refresh and relax you, eating badly on vacation can cause more problems than it is worth!
What do you do while traveling? Do you eat healthy or take a break?