Whether you’re packing the family up for summer vacation, going on a business trip, heading out for a competition or traveling home for the holidays, it’s easy to throw your healthy habits out the window and ignore ways to eat healthy on the road. Road trip snacks, restaurant meals and late nights out can add up to many unhealthy days and nights.
However, if you have been following a healthy eating plan, it’s essential to stick to at least some of your everyday healthy habits when traveling. Otherwise, you may risk backsliding on your weight loss and fitness goals. Worse, you could experience digestive issues that impede your travel plans and keep you from having a good and productive time.
The good news is that staying healthy on the go is achievable.
7 Tips for Eating Healthy while Traveling
No matter where you’re going or your reason for traveling, these tips will help you maintain your healthy habits without worry.
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1. Bring healthy snacks
As you’re packing, don’t forget to bring some healthy snacks. For example, consider bringing travel-sized foods high in protein and fiber to get more energy and stay full longer.
If you’re doing a road trip, there’s more flexibility on how many snacks you can bring. In contrast, traveling by plane is a little more limiting because of the luggage weight limits and security guidelines. In these instances, you can find a local market at your destination spot and stock up on snacks there.
Some examples of nutritious snacks you can bring are:
- Trail mix
- Mixed nuts
- Sliced vegetables (carrots, peppers)
- Protein shakes
- Food bars
2. Stay hydrated
If you’re touring a new city or country, you’ll likely do more walking or hiking than usual. Either way, you always want to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water helps keep your organs working properly and improves your physical and cognitive performance.
So, before you start your itinerary, remember to bring a water bottle. It’s better to have a reusable bottle to refill it easily. As a bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. You can also pack a few cans of Tecton to have on-hand for hydration and a performance boost.
3. Observe the nutritional facts on restaurant menus
It’s tough to cook while you’re on the road. So, for the most part, you’ll resort to eating out at restaurants because it’s convenient (and fun!)
Fortunately, sticking to your healthy eating habits can still be attainable while eating out. Before you place your order, carefully study the menu and look at the ingredients and calories. Some places will indicate which foods are or can be made gluten-free and vegan. You can always ask the servers for healthy substitutions or menu items.
4. Savor your food
Practice mindful eating while you travel, focusing on the sensations and experiences while consuming food. After each bite, take in your dish’s smell, touch and taste.
While the purpose of mindful eating isn’t to lose weight, the practice has been associated with weight loss. Plus, it may encourage you to eat less so that you spend more time savoring the food. Drinking a Tecton 30 minutes before a meal can help suppress appetite by mitigating Ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.”
5. Start your day with a quick breakfast
Breakfast helps give you fuel and energy to start your journey. Traveling on an empty stomach could lead to impulse choices later in the day, and you’ll end up with extra pounds that weren’t on your itinerary.
Of course, if you practice intermittent fasting, you may want to skip this part – instead, bring a healthy snack to have on hand when it’s time to break your fast. The good news is, you can drink a Tecton during your fast without breaking it. It’ll give you mental and physical fuel without an insulin response!
6. Bring an insulated food container and thermal bags
Insulated thermal containers are great items to bring on a road trip, especially if you are only going to be gone for a day or two. They’re incredibly convenient for keeping food hot while you’re on the go.
For example, say you want to bring some hot soup or beef stew on a day trip. You can pour them into an insulated bowl to stay warm throughout your travels. Pack some bowls and spoons, and you’re good to go!
7. Plan your meals
Regarding healthy eating, it’s always good to have a plan. As you book your travel plans, include a special meal itinerary.
For example, determine when to break for lunch and choose where you want to eat. You may even outline when to eat at a restaurant and when to craft your own meals. Mapping out your food plan is a proactive way to stay on top of your healthy eating if that’s your preference.
Try these tips the next time you travel to see which ones work best with your travel plans. And don’t forget to relax a little. Staying from your typical eating habits for a few days is OK! Enjoy being in a new location, savoring the local flavors, and trying new things.
Upon returning home, make sure to hydrate and have some healthy meals planned so you can get back on track.