Have you ever had a couple of healthy weeks and feel so good, only to find out that you have to unexpectedly travel to a place with less-than-stellar healthy choices? Well have no fear, I have a guide for you that is going to help you through your travels without completely ruining your healthy habits. I first put together this list of tips for my parents when they had to travel out of the state completely last minute. They didn’t want to get thrown off the healthy bandwagon, so I sent them off in the car with these tips. Disclaimer: I am not advocating that you cannot indulge during vacations or anything like that. This list is mainly for people who frequently travel (like for business and such). Life is about balance and I am a big proponent of indulging every now and again, but if you find yourself going out of town more than usual, these tips might be for you. 🙂
In the morning
- As soon as your feet hit the floor take a big drink of water. This kick starts your system that has been resting for hours. It also acts as a buffer to the coffee / tea that you are probably going to drink at breakfast.
2. Try to do something in the morning to wake up your body before breakfast. Stretch, go for a walk around the hotel, or (my favorite) do a mini workout to boost your metabolism for the day:
- 3 sets of 15 reps of: pushups (may modify) / crunches / squats
- Feel free to change up the exercises to your favorites.
Breakfast at the hotel
- Take a spin around the buffet to evaluate your choices before you just dig into the first pastry you see. If you do this, you are less likely to take the junk food, especially if you are hungry. Choose your indulgences wisely!
- The best combo of to set your day off right is protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Some good options that are guaranteed to last:
- veggie omelet (best to have it without cheese, unless they have reduced fat. I am normally not opposed to cheese, but seeing as you are probably going to be indulging more than usual, I think it is best to skip it.)
- toast topped with peanut butter
- fresh fruit
- Skip the empty carbs. (ex. muffins, pastries, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and breakfast sandwiches) They will spike your blood sugar and won’t last nearly as long.
Throughout the Day
- Water, water, and more water. I can’t emphasize this enough! During traveling, whether in a car or plane, it is really easy to get dehydrated, so always keep some water with you. It will keep you from mindlessly eating and help digestion. Drink it with every meal and that will help keep you from overeating.
- Snacks: fruit, nuts, protein bars. These travel really well and have good nutrients that will help you avoid some unhealthy cravings. Avoid empty carbs as listed above.
I hope you found this list helpful and will consider following some of the tips on your next trip!