Traveling can sometimes be a recipe for a healthy living disaster. But, done right, traveling can actually make you healthier. When we travel we tend to ease off on the stress, give our bodies a break, and remove some of the guilt from our food and relaxation. This is all a great thing. Because of this we are in a prime state of healthy functioning. Digestion is effortless, your adrenals relax, and your body is in the ideal state to rest and recover. So next time you are relaxing on your healthy vacation, here are some tips to keep your nutrition on track.
1. Take it With You.
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead. Take advantage of healthy foods that travel well. Things like individual protein packets, healthy bars (think Kind, Lara, etc.), whole pieces of fruit (apples, bananas, and oranges), baby carrots, brown rice cakes, individual almond butter packets, nuts, seeds and freeze dried fruits all travel well and are great to have on hand.
2. Be Picky.
Don’t settle for mediocre food. Explore the area and search for healthier restaurants and cafés, or even farmer’s markets. The fresher the better. A simple Google search can give you a plethora of nearby healthy options to choose from. Don’t settle until you find a menu you love!
3. Indulge Without the Guilt (in moderation!).
It is 100% normal to indulge a bit when you are on vacation but next time you do, aim to remove the guilt from the situation. The less guilt, means the less stress, which means your body is better able to digest the food you are eating. Be smart about your choices though, remember tip 2, be picky and only indulge if it is really worth it.
4. Navigate the Menu.
Understanding the menu is key to a healthy restaurant meal. Stick to vegetable-based options, and always be sure to include a lean protein. Skip cream based dishes, and steer clear of overly processed, fried or sugar laden foods. The fewer ingredients the better, and the less processed the ingredients are, even better. Your best options are those that are roasted, broiled, grilled, or steamed.
5. Make Friends with Your Server.
As a former server, I can tell you, substitutions are nothing to be afraid about asking for. Swap out your fried option for something steamed. Ask for vegetables instead, order dressing on the side, or ask them to skip the cheese. Whatever your request restaurants are usually able to be pretty accommodating and can always make your meal a little healthier.
6. Make a Grocery Trip.
When you arrive at your destination make a trip to a local grocery store. Not only will you save money this way, but also you will be able to stock up on healthy options to have at your fingertips. Oatmeal, berries, eggs, coconut milk yogurt, and vegetables are all great options
7. Get Creative.
Aim to eat at least one meal in your room. This could be as simple as a bowl of oatmeal in the morning or even packing some fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds, for the beach. This way you will save money on restaurant trips and be able to guarantee you are eating at least one quality meal a day.
Hopefully this will help you stay just a little healthier on your next vacation. Remember though that the key is to relax and enjoy. Your healthy lifestyle will always be waiting for you when you get home!
How do you stay healthy while traveling? If we missed anything, or if any of these tips are your go-to strategies let us know in the comments below! If you think you want to be a contributing writer to YogaTravelTree.com, visit our Write for Us page and submit your article!
Danielle Prestejohn is an Emotional Eating and Weight Loss Specialist. She helps life-long dieters end the obsession with food so they can like the way they look and love the way they feel for more articles visit DaniellePrestejohn.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, and sign up for her newsletter here.