Travel Habits for a Healthier Diet
November 4, 2018
A good diet sometimes gets thrown out the window when you travel extensively for varied reasons. Unforeseen events or a whirlwind of activities may get in the way of eating healthy. It may be challenging at times, but keeping a good diet when you are frequently on the road does not have to as hard it may seem.
Eat regular meals. Being busy is almost always a given regardless if you are on a business or pleasure trip. As a frequent traveler, you know how common it is to miss regular mealtimes when things get busier than expected. Avoid skipping meals no matter how busy things get. Make sure to head out for a decent meal.
Wake up earlier, if needed. Waking up early gives you extra time to eat breakfast before you leave for the airport or from the hotel for an early appointment. If you cannot afford to linger long enough to enjoy a good meal, make sure to bring something to eat or drop by a café or restaurant along the way.
Prepare a stash of healthy snacks. Bring healthy travel snacks that you can easily fit in your carry-on luggage. Energy and granola bars, assorted nuts, dried fruits, cereals, oatmeal cookies, Fig Newtons, and crackers are some of the non-perishables that you can stash in your bag.
Choose healthier options. Hotels usually have a wide selection of foods on their breakfast buffets. Check available choices first before you start filling up your plate. Avoid anything creamy, fried, or greasy. Opt for hard boiled or poached eggs instead of bacon or ham and cheese omelettes. Go for wheat or multi-grain breads and cereals. Get your protein from vegetables, low-fat dairy products, or lean meat. Stick to low-sugar or non-sugary drinks like water, unsweetened fresh fruit or vegetable juices, and skim milk. If you are dining out, go for light meals or any healthy entrees and other selections on the menu.
Find a farmer’s market or supermarket near you. Replenish your stock of healthy foods if you are staying for a few days in your destination. Visit the local market for fresh fruits and ready-to-eat vegetables, health food shops, or convenience stores. Buy more non-perishables if your accommodation does not have a kitchenette you can use to prepare your own meals. At the very least, you should have a small fridge that you can use to store your food supplies.