It is when people are traveling that they give themselves the excuse to put their diet plans on hold. Excuses range from having to healthy alternative at the place they’re going or at airports, or they simply want to spend the time enjoying themselves on the sights, sounds, and tastes of the place their visiting without thinking too much about what they’re eating. But maintaining a healthy diet while traveling isn’t really all that hard if you know what you’re doing. A little forethought on meals, packing a few healthy snacks, and knowing what to order at restaurants can go a long way in ensuring you are staying on track with your health goals.
Healthy Travel Tips To Stay Fit and Healthy in Tours
Below are some tips that can guide you.
1. Bring a water bottle
The first step in becoming more health-conscious should be increasing your daily water intake. It keeps the body hydrated and fills you up faster during meals so you don’t overeat. The need for water is even more emphasized when you’re traveling. The dry air of the plane coupled with being on the go for most of the time, going from attraction to attraction or transferring from gate to gate can leave you dehydrated. Carrying around a water bottle can save you from having to buy canned sodas or juices and could even stave off hunger until when you have time to get settled and plan a more healthy meal.
2. Pack a healthy bite to eat
Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you should always remember to pack a bite
to eat while en route to your destination. This not only saves you from having to buy overpriced food at the airport or on the plane if the flight doesn't offer meal service, but you are assured that you will be consuming something nourishing and energizing while you’re on the go. Travel food can be simple to prepare. A delicious avocado egg sandwich or string cheese with apple slices can easily be packed in a little baggie to take out while waiting for boarding or while on the plane. Just make sure the snack can be eaten with your fingers and not messy.
3. Perishable vs non-perishable
If you plan to take foods with you on your travel, you can choose between perishable, non-
perishable, or a little of both. Each will need to be packed differently and consumed at separate times. Perishables can be packed in single-serving containers such as resealable plastic bags. These include fresh fruits, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, pre-cooked meats, and cut vegetables. Non-perishables can be obtained at health food stores and are a great healthy option if you don’t want to prepare meals while on the go. These include trail mix, nuts or seeds, pretzels, beef jerky, and popcorn. Some of these food items come in their own packaging or you can buy in bulk and separate them into little single-serve plastic bags.
4. Choose a healthy hotel for your trip
Not many people associate hotels and eating healthily in their travels but deciding on which
the place to stay can help you stay on your healthy diet track. Hotels that are closer to town will mean a wider dining option for you. You won’t be limited to eat at the hotel restaurant, fast food chains, or what the closest convenience store has to offer. Staying at a place other than a hotel, such as short-term apartments or even at hostels will give you the chance to use the shared kitchen to prepare your meals. You should also ask prior to booking if the room has a refrigerator. This way you can store healthy food options after hitting the local grocery for breakfast food items, fresh fruits, and other snack items.
5. Ask for substitutions
When dining at a restaurant, you can reduce the calories per serving by asking the staff to
substitute the sides which are often unhealthy. Restaurants in most major cities will accept requests in how food is served or prepared. For example, instead of sticking with French fries that also come with the meal, why not ask to exchange it for grilled vegetables or rice? These are equally tasty and filling while not being so laden with unhealthy fat and extra calories. You can also ask certain food items to be prepared more healthily. For example, you can request the kitchen staff to grill your chicken instead of frying it. Grilled foods retain much of
their nutrients minus the excess oil.
6. Be wary of buffets
Most major hotels will often offer buffet service to guests and other patrons at their own
restaurant banquet room. And while it can be a great way to sample as many dishes from the city or town quite conveniently, buffets aren't so friendly with those trying to stick to a healthy diet. That’s not to say you should avoid it completely. Trying going for the sections that offer the freshest of food such as the salad bar and the fruit section. Choose small portions of different dishes to satisfy your palate while at the same time avoiding to overeat. Make sure you stick to water for drinks as it can help fill you up faster as well as cleanse your palate in between courses.
7. A healthy breakfast goes a long way
In your travels, you often find yourself constantly on the go, whether it's meeting different managers and executives, or going from one attraction to the next around the city. This can leave you famished and eating salty, sugary, and fatty meals become harder to resist. To counter this, you should make sure that you start your day with a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal and omelets are great options. They are rich in protein and complex carbohydrates to keep you fueled throughout the day. These are also easy to come by at airport terminals and local restaurants. Mix in a pack of nuts or dried fruits with a dash of cinnamon and you
have yourself something to tie you down until your next meal.