Whether it’s your favorite road trip or jet setting for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to eat healthily and stay active while commuting. Transfers, jet lag, different time zones or adapting to new cultures can all affect our routine. Here are a few tips to bear in mind when planning your next trip.
It may be overwhelming to stick to your eating plan especially when you are eager to experience a new culture when traveling. Your best bet is to keep it simple.
A good plan should include fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of water and healthy snacks will keep you feeling light and less bloated/sluggish when abroad.
Let’s explore 5 ways you can accomplish this:
1. Plan Ahead
While it may be convenient to buy handy foods and drink during airport layovers, it would be better to prepare your own snacks, etc., to tide you over without compromising your eating plan. Choices can be trail mixes (dried fruits, nuts, seeds), pre-cooked organic cereal packs, tea bags, raw vegetable sticks, sandwiches and bottled water.
It may also be useful to do a little research on your destination and the choices in accommodation. For Example:
• What are the popular types of food of that particular destination, and how are they prepared/served?
• Choose accommodation that includes facilities for food preparation
• Check for healthy food markets and restaurants closest to your intended accommodation
2. Stick to the basics
Yes, you may be excited to explore different foods and cultures while traveling, but bear in mind that uncontrolled eating just because you are abroad can compromise your healthy routine.
• Aim to keep it simple. If you are not sure of the contents of meals on offer look for simpler options. Whole foods such as baked potatoes, instead of French fries, fresh salads, and cooked vegetables may be healthier than foods loaded with cheese, sauces, etc. Fresh fruits and a handful of nuts can round off a meal perfectly.
3. Remember your water
One of the dangers of traveling is adapting to changes in temperature, especially in tropical climates. Staying hydrated at all times is a must! Water will help keep your skin hydrated and regulate your body fluids. Adequate supplies of bottled water will help reduce any bloating/ swelling/water retention that can occur on long trips. Eating fruits that have a high water content can also help keep you hydrated; watermelons and cantaloupes and a good drink of fresh coconut water if available will certainly keep you cool!
4. Get Adequate Rest
When abroad, you may also be tempted to skimp on sleep by staying out late or watching television far into the night. This may work for a while if you are on a pleasure trip, but for business travel where you may be attending seminars during the day, or making presentations, maintaining your regular sleep patterns (ideally 8 hours) will ensure that you stay focused and energized on your trip.
5. Keep it Moving
Staying in shape is another challenge while traveling. It may be easy to adapt the mindset that you are on holiday and there’s no need to rush, hence the tendency to lounge around and take it “easy”. But staying active will help maintain your fitness levels, and avoid a possible slump when you return home.
A few practical ways to keep fit on your trip:
• Walk, walk, walk. This is a good way to explore your new surroundings and keep fit at the same time without even thinking about it!
• Take advantage of the gym or pool at your hotel if available. A short workout or a dip in the pool will help keep you relaxed and rearing to go!
• Explore! – Hiking, cycling, beach ball, etc. are other great activities to keep you fit.
Maintaining your healthy eating and keep a fit routine while traveling does not have to be complicated. Planning ahead, making wise eating choices and finding simple, yet unique ways to stay active will certainly keep you calm and enhance your travel experience.
Kathy Mitchell is a writer and avid researcher on the subject of Beauty, nutrition, and general wellness. She likes to go out with her friends, travel, swim and practice yoga. In her free time, you can find Kathy curled up reading her favorite novel, or writing in her journal. She is regular Contributor at . To Know more about her follow her on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.