Vacation Tips

Traveling can put a major ripple in your healthy groove. It can be a struggle to maintain healthy habits while you are traveling. However, it can be even harder to transition back to them when you return home. If you find yourself at a loss for how to continue healthy eating and exercise while traveling, you can find many ideas below to help you through times of travel.

BEFORE YOUR TRAVEL, YOU SHOULD:

  1. Locate the closest supermarket
  2. Plan out your meals and between-meal snacks

TIPS WHILE TRAVELING

  • Pack a lunch box or cooler with nutritious snacks such as fruit, veggies, peanut butter, hummus, cheese sticks, and low-sodium deli meat (Tip: Prep snacks ahead of time. For example, pull grapes off the vine for making kabobs you can eat one-handed.)
  • Look for more nutritious foods at gas stations such as yogurt, unsalted nuts, fresh fruit, trail mix, energy bars, low-sodium soup cups, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and low-fat milk.
  • Choose healthier options if you stop for fast-food. Order a small size instead of the large, choose grilled instead of fried, pick a salad or fruit instead of fries, and order water or unsweetened tea instead of soda.
  • Investigate airport restaurant menus ahead of time to find out whether they have suitable, nutritious offerings. In many airports, you may be able to find a grilled chicken sandwich, lean meat or bean burritos, smoothies made with low-fat dairy, fruit, green salads with low-fat toppings, or veggie and lean meat entrĂ©es at Chinese restaurants.

TIPS WHILE AT DESTINATION

  • Do your best to keep portion sizes in check and remember that half your plate should consist of fruits and veggies at each meal.
  • Purchase groceries and/or cook meals
  • Order smaller portions if possible, or share a meal when at restaurants
  • Drink water instead of soda
  • Choose grilled, baked or broiled foods instead of fried

Sources:

  1. http://www.rd411.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1578:eating-out-the-healthy-way&catid=90:dining-out,-holidays-and-special-occasions&Itemid=384.
  2. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition.olde/PDFS/young-nestle.pdf.
  3. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/stay-fit-while-traveling
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