When you have to travel for work or fun you may find it difficult to stick to your diet or healthy eating regimen. That is why it is important to be prepared. Making bad food choices while traveling will not only undo all the hard work you’ve been doing at home to keep healthy – but may leave you feeling guilty and frustrated – as well as allow you to gain unwelcome weight.
Fortunately, all of this can be avoided by following a few simple, common sense eating tips.
- Pack healthy snacks
Buy nuts, fresh fruit, and veggies like carrot sticks to take with you. If you see a grocery store along the way, stock up on yogurts and healthy treats to eat later in the day. This will prevent you from being tempted by fast-food outlets
- Eat a protein-packed breakfast
At the start of each day, try to include as much protein as possible for breakfast. This will fill you up and keep you going for longer, reducing the risk of cravings.
- At restaurants or hotels
Choose salads or grilled vegetables, steamed fish or chicken as well as non-creamy soups. Avoid desserts, cakes and pastries.
- Drink enough water
Dehydration often feels like hunger. Your body needs water and while traveling, you can easily forget about adequate fluid intake, so always have a bottle of water with you.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates
Foods with high sugar content and refined carbohydrates, like white bread and white rice, as well as fast-food like burgers, will not only spike your blood sugar but can also make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol
Drinking can lead to late night binge eating (and bad food choices) as well as dehydration. Make a habit of following one drink with a glass of something non-alcoholic to reduce your alcohol consumption.
Ultimately, use common sense. Many travelers succumb to the stress of travel and eat comfort foods to deal with their stress. Don’t give in to unhealthy temptations and stick to your healthy eating plan.