Sticking to a nutritious diet while traveling can be a difficult thing to do.
If you learn how to make smart choices, sticking to a healthy diet while traveling doesn’t have to be that difficult.
It’s probably not the best time to start a healthy diet, but if you’re already making healthy choices with your food, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel, isn’t as difficult as it might seem at first.
If you’re traveling by plane, your diet will obviously include plane food, which can more often than not be of very little nutritional value, depending on the selection.
When you book your flight, ask about your food options. If you’re vegetarian, ask if a vegetarian dish is available (it always is). Vegetarian dishes are often more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they may be serving. If you can, eat a bigger meal before your flight, so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal on the plane.
If you’re driving, you might be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants or drive throughs because it’s easier, but try to avoid this whenever possible.
I always found that packing something to munch on, keeps the urge to “stop along the way” for fast food to a minimum.
If you’re on vacation, you might want to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than once during a week can really be bad for your health. If you absolutely have to, try to choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts with vegetables.
Take your own meals when traveling by car, bus or train.
Bringing along buns or pita wraps, some lean lunch meat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food. These are much better choices and you’ll save a ton of money as well.
Lastly, make smarter choices when you eat out.
Many restaurants have some type of symbol beside the names of food choices on the menu that’re healthier for you.
If the restaurant(s) that you choose don’t have these symbols, there are some other ways to go about eating healthy when traveling.
If you choose salads or pasta, get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. Lots of places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious.
Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes, or splitting the meal in half and getting a to-go bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even when you’re away from home.
Eating healthy food when you travel can definitely be a challenge, but your health is worth it.
Eating meals that’re high in nutrition will also help fight illnesses that you’re likely to deal with when traveling, and you’ll find that you can stay more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.