What are some challenges of healthy eating while “on the road”?
- Temptations Everywhere
- Decoding Menus Abroad
- Limited Time, Limited Choices
- Respecting Traditions
- Sneaky Ingredients
- Dietary Restrictions
Maintaining a healthy diet can be quite a task when travelling on the road amidst hotel rooms, fast food stops, and unfamiliar restaurants. However, sticking to healthy eating while enjoying your travel experience is possible with strategic planning and mindful choices.
Whenever possible, we have a proper breakfast where we are staying. I try to eat salads while travelling, but I do not consume enough fruits for some reason. We also ALWAYS carry one or two bottles of water with us. I like to keep some packets of Hydralyte in my backpack to be sure I am getting enough electro-lights..
Take a look at these five tips for healthy eating on the road:
1. Prioritize planning
Start planning as early as possible to make it easier to stay on track with your diet. Consider your destination, mode of transportation, and schedule. Once you have a clear idea of your trip’s schedule, you can begin researching and planning for healthy food options.
– Utilize online resources to learn about grocery stores, healthy cafes, and restaurants near your destination. Don’t forget to check for nearby farmer’s markets as well.
2. Opt for grocery stores instead of fast food chains
Stop at grocery stores instead of relying on fast food chains and struggling to find healthy options. They are more likely to offer delis with healthier food choices.
– Grocery stores often have packaged salads, nuts, trail mix, and healthy dips. You can also find cut-up fruits and vegetables in convenient containers.
– Consider picking up yogurt, cheese, and smaller portions of milk. Dairy products contain protein, which helps keep you satiated for longer. Look for travel-sized options.
3. Pack your snacks
If you’re going on a road trip, pack a cooler with ice and fill it with healthy meats, vegetables, fruits, bread, and other snacks.
– If a cooler is not feasible, opt for shelf-stable foods that can easily fit in a bag or purse. Look for healthy nuts, crackers, or trail mix that align with your diet. Dried fruits and vegetables can also be a good option.
4. Stay hydrated
It’s crucial to stay hydrated while travelling. Dehydration can sometimes lead to overeating as your body confuses thirst with hunger. Carry multiple water bottles with you or purchase them to avoid dehydration and cravings for unhealthy foods.
5. Avoid simple carbohydrates
While comfort food may be tempting during your travels, it’s not always the healthiest choice. Simple carbohydrates can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by a crash, leaving you feeling irritable and fatigued.
– Instead, opt for complex carbohydrates like multi-grain products. Pair them with protein-rich options such as peanut butter and nuts. You can find travel-sized containers of peanut butter for convenience.
– Eating smaller, frequent meals throughout the day can help prevent cravings. Plan your stops to ensure access to healthy food options when needed.
Remember, being on the road does not compromise your healthy eating habits. Planning and following these guidelines allows you to maintain a nutritious diet while enjoying your travels.