Stop me if this doesn’t sound familiar.
You’ve taken a well-deserved vacation to a fabulous destination, full of new experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Now you’re back home. You get on the scale, and…
…you’ve gained five pounds. (Or more?)
Why? Because when we’re on the road, we don’t approach food like we do back home. Traveling means going out to eat…a LOT. Going to restaurants, stopping at fast-food drive-throughs, or grabbing that quick bite at the hotel bar means food packed with lots of calories and sugar. So how do you fix this?
Avoid Fast Food
Its really easy when you’re in the car and anxious to get to your next destination to grab a quick burger. But don’t! Instead, stop at the local grocers and pick up a few healthy snacks to take on the road. There are many grab-and-go options that are easy on your waistline. Fresh fruit, nuts, fruit smoothies and light sandwiches. For protein, buy hummus, protein bars, boiled eggs, and pumpkin seeds.
Cooking And Exercise
Try to book accommodations with a kitchenette. Being able to prepare your own meals is not only economical, its healthier as well. This way, you can stock up on groceries and cook your favorite meals on the road. If at a hotel, take advantage of the fitness room and/or swimming pool whenever possible. Walk wherever you can instead of driving or taking an Uber.
Take Your Supplements
Along with your daily vitamin pill, if you are traveling across time zones, take some melatonin. Studies show that it helps reset your internal clock, making you sleep better at night. A good night’s sleep means you will make better food choices while on the road. And drink lots of water! Staying hydrated translates to feeling less hungry throughout the day.
Eating Healthy At A Restaurant
Yes, you can! Try to avoid meals that are fried, have a lot of sauce drowning the food, or is heavy in carbs. American restaurants are notorious for all three of these things, not to mention the gigantic portion sizes. Other parts of the world are a bit easier when it comes to healthy food options. Try having a large salad with some kind of protein in it, and easy on the dressing! You’ll be amazed at how good a salad tastes, while also keeping the calories down.
You CAN Splurge (just a little!)
Go ahead! Have that big delicious meal you’ve been salivating about during your trip research (heck, have two…but spread them out!) And when you have that big meal, whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner, eat small meals or just snack for the rest of the day. The trick is to not overdo it!
With a little conscientious effort, you CAN be healthy on the road. It just takes a little planning and self-control. And get as much exercise as you can! When you return home and get back on that scale, you will thank yourself!