When we travel we tend to forget how to feed ourselves. Let’s learn how to travel healthy so that we can travel without ruining our health. Travel Healthy, Sassy-style.
Happy Monday and a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I spent this past weekend traveling to visit both sides of the family to celebrate Mother’s Day and a few birthdays. May is always a busy month but that doesn’t mean it has to be an unhealthy one. We had a blast but it got me thinking how I don’t bat an eye while traveling (RE: food & fitness) but thought about how others might. I thought it might be time to talk about how to travel healthy on the road. Ready? Let’s go for a ride.
On the Road Again
Eating healthy is easy when you have a routine and are working from your home base. You have the comfort of your home, resources, and town. You know where your favorite food products are, have the aisles in your favorite grocery store memorized and know some quick dinner ideas around town. There are far fewer question marks and many more fallbacks should your plans fall through. When we travel it can all go to hell in a hand basket pretty fast. Not to mention we sometimes get this idea that what we eat on the road doesn’t count or matter. I urge you to reevaluate the way you look at your food and dietary intake on the road.
While I’m not asking you to obsess over your food (bad idea) or be “that guy” on vacation who makes his friends suffer through every meal, I am asking you to think differently. Your food routine should be as close to normal on vacation or during travel as possible. Why? Because you will feel SO MUCH BETTER if you do. And then when you get back home from said travel, you won’t be like a kid kicking and screaming when they can’t get candy in the checkout lane.
At first, you may think this sounds like punishment. In the long run, it will feel like a reward. I’m not saying you cannot enjoy the fun parts of travel. Try out the latest and greatest food locations. Have a drink with coworkers or friends. Have a donut from your favorite spot. The issue isn’t those small indulgences. The issue is when every meal, snack, drink, etc. becomes an indulgence and we forget that we are humans who need to be nourished and taken care of. We wouldn’t feed our kids candy for a week straight so why would we feed ourselves donuts, cakes, cookies, bagels, sugary beverages, danishes, etc for one?!
Good point, right?
How To Travel Healthy
Now that you are on board with eating healthy with a few leniencies while on the road. Let’s take a look at how we can travel healthy on the road without completely messing up all the good we do for ourselves. Here are my Top 5 Tips on How To Travel Healthy On the Road.
Unless this is last minute, sh*t hit the fan ordeal, you have plenty of time to plan ahead. There are grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and more. Use your phone (apps like Yelp are incredibly helpful), ask around at work or through friends/family and have some meals, snacks, and food planned out. You can even call ahead to where you are staying and ask what amenities they have available. Many hotels have mini fridges & microwaves, you just have to ask!
Unless you are traveling abroad where there will be more regulations, you really can pack mostly anything with you. Grab a cooler, some ice and you are good to go. Not a fan of a cooler? Find shelf-stable products that are rich in protein, fats, and carbs and can hold you over in case you are in the middle of nowhere-Ville USA and need a snacky snack.
Not sure what to take with you? Here are a few items I’ve recommended before and here are a few other go-to’s:
- Fuel for Fire
- Rx Bars
- 88 Acres Granola (Nut-Free) Bars
- Biena Chickpeas
- and more (I can write a whole post on this if you would find it helpful!)
Pick Your Food Options (or at least have some say).
You are an adullt so you get a say. Now for some work and family occasions, you may not be allowed to have any control. However, in MANY conditions you will have some say. Pull out your phone, give the area a Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor or Instagram and BOOM 100s of options at your fingertips. Let your friends know you did some research and recommend you go to certain places. People hate making decisions, so make it for them 🙂
Not in control?
It’s one thing if you are on a trip of a lifetime or your yearly vacation, it’s another to be on a weekly work trip and ordering like a king/queen. When you’re traveling (for work or leisure) learn to order smart. Try and keep your meals out similar to your meals you would have at home. Maybe you even go to a salad bar at say Whole Foods instead of going out to eat. It will be cheaper and make you feel better. A big salad is better than a greasy meal. Don’t be an idiot when it comes to eating while traveling.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Ever find when you travel that you forget to hydrate? It’s usually because a. you don’t want to have to worry about finding a bathroom and/or b. you don’t have your normal access to water or beverages of choice. Let’s change this, bring a water bottle with you, fill it as you go, and you will feel SO. MUCH.BETTER. You may even require a bit more hydration during travel due to change in location/environment, activity, stress, etc. Make it a priority during travel, this is a sassy demand.
Why Does It Matter?
You might be wondering why this matters anyway. Great question. It matters because your health is a continuum and just because your routine stops and your life may be put on hold for travel, doesn’t mean your health has to. Not to mention when traveling the last thing you want to worry about is feeling sick, having digestive issues or having hunger pains. You don’t travel so you can be a lesser human being, you travel so you can be more, see more and do more.
So, the next time you travel, don’t think of it as a free-for-all. Certainly, have some fun but remember that your health doesn’t stop or start. It’s an ongoing journey that allows you to enjoy the finer things in life but also feel like a million bucks.
What are your tips & tricks for traveling healthy? Share with us below!
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