How To Eat Healthily On Your Travels

Travellers alert! We know how difficult it is to eat healthily and exercise while travelling – I feel this pain personally. I’ll be upfront and honest with you – it does take some education and knowledge in order to be able to pull this off. That being said, depending on where you travel, the local cuisine and freshness of the food will influence your health while you are there.

I mean it when I say that it’s a struggle for me too. Some time ago we produced the Strategic Nutrition Guide, which is about taking control of your diet in general. After that, we produced the Travellers Fitness Bible, which was about being healthy on the road. While most of it has a focus on the exercise component, there are also sizeable chunks focusing on diet. You should get those two e-books if you haven’t yet.

Here at Granite Fitness, we are community oriented and are always willing to have our work scrutinised and compared with other health and fitness professionals. Therefore, in the interest of being intellectually honest, we have accepted a guest post from another professional. We hope this will be a fresh new perspective, and you can compare it with what we produce. Hint: It ain’t too different! Enjoy!

“Once you have made the firm decision to change your eating habits, you will find many little tests along the way. Places we visit in the form of travel, Restaurants, Parties, friend’s places, work situations and also our biggest enemy, Time. These situations can present challenges to our resolve in maintaining good Nutrition in our diet and while we have covered a few points in our previous articles, we will now look at what I consider a major test, Travel!

Sticking to a nutritious diet while traveling can be one of the more difficult things to do. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet is not that difficult. It is probably not the best time in which to start a healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel, is not as difficult as it first may seem.

If you are traveling by airplane, your diet may have to include airplane food, which can often be of poor nutritional value, depending on the selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options, ask if a vegetarian dish is available? Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they may be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before your flight, so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served, to feel full.

When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the meals found there. Avoid this whenever possible! If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than once during a week can really be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts and diet soda.

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Also, remember that you can take your own meals when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread 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 meals. These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.

Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in have and getting a doggie bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home.

Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. Eating meals high in nutrition will also assist in fighting illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will find yourself more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.”

Alright, how did you find it? Grammar-nazis, we’re sorry for the upper and lower case inaccuracies at the start of the article. We allowed those to stand because we agreed to reprint their article as is. While we find that some of their advice is quite hardcore, we are in agreement with their principles. Once again, don’t forget to check out the Strategic Nutrition Guide and Travellers Fitness Bible, including and as well as the following links:




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