3 Things to Remember if You’re Eating Healthy While Traveling
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You work hard to keep your health and nutrition plan on the straight and narrow. But when you find yourself on the road, it’s easy to get off the path.
Everybody looks forward to vacations because they’re a chance to get away from the daily grind. Even a brief work trip (or a learning retreat for gym owners, which was the trip that inspired this blog) gives us a chance to get away from it all.
Unfortunately, it also gives us a chance to throw our daily discipline out the window.
But the lifestyle adjustments we make to maximize our health shouldn’t be ignored just because we’re in another time zone.
You know that eating healthy requires a consistent lifestyle change. So many Americans lose weight when they’re dieting, only to gain it back a few months later when a “cheat” becomes a full-blown return to old, bad habits.
This “yo-yo” approach to health, exercise and nutrition isn’t sustainable. That’s why traveling (and the disruption it brings) can be dangerous to your fitness goals.
If you’ve avoided “cheats” and backslides, good for you! But when you’re out of your home and out of your routine, it’s more tempting than ever before to binge on junk food, have a couple of mojitos, or skip your workouts entirely.
Whether you’re on a relaxed vacation or a quick business trip, you can stay on track with your goals if you remember these three things:
1. Find healthy restaurants in the area before you leave
Traveling leaves you hungry, right? And arriving hungry means your standards will be at their lowest. And you, my friend, will be at your most vulnerable to bad decisions.
Make a plan before you pack your bags. A quick online search for healthy restaurants in the zip code or city where you’ll be can help you prepare for that first meal after you arrive. Take a screenshot of the places that look like good choices. Or bookmark them—whatever it takes for you to have them accessible on your phone and ready when you’re looking for a healthy place to eat.
2. Make your first stop a grocery store
Here’s an even better tip. Skip the restaurant entirely and stop at a supermarket first thing to make sure you have what you need to stay hydrated and fueled for your stay. Grab fruit and other snacks that don’t require preparation and that can be enjoyed on-the-go.
Many grocery stores have prepared meals that can be stored in the fridge or freezer (see tip #3) until you’re ready to “heat and eat,” giving you a quick, smart alternative to fast food when time is tight.
People don’t think about staying hydrated when they’re traveling. Bring your refillable bottle and fill it up at the airport or wherever you can.
3. Stay somewhere with a fridge or (if possible) a kitchen
I already mentioned the importance of planning beforehand what restaurants you’ll visit while you’re on your trip. But if your travel takes you to small towns, it can be hard to find a healthy meal early in the morning or late at night.
Having a kitchen to cook or heat up your pre-made meals prevents you from falling into a fried food trap. Most AirBnbs have a kitchen you can use, but if that isn’t an option you can also book at a long-stay hotel or a hotel room with a small kitchenette. Even having a small fridge and access to a microwave will give you the freedom to heat up your favorite prepared meals you got from your Day 1 trip to the grocer.
Many people finish a trip feeling like they need a vacation to recover from their vacation. It’s usually because they’re not drinking an adequate amount of water or eating the healthy, filling snacks they normally have at home.
It all comes down to planning ahead of time and knowing what your body needs to meet your goals.
Too many people think vacation is a chance to pump the brakes on those goals, which leads to the “yo-yo” effect. Keeping up your habits over vacation helps you meet your goals and keeps you healthy in the long term.
Need more help? Give us a call at (954) 314-3214 and we’ll connect you with an expert in the Fort Lauderdale area who can answer your questions.