How to eat healthy while traveling

By | September 3, 2009

I’m flying off at 6 a.m. this coming Monday to attend a 4-day fitness training. Just called the hotel to check that there’s a fridge provided in my room. Why? I’m planning my nutrition for the 4 days when I don’t have access to a kitchen.

In the past, I used to eat whatever food I could get while traveling. Each time, I ended up bloated, sluggish and with weight gain. No one to blame except myself.

I realised travel is not an excuse to eat junk food. With proper planning and preparation, everyone can eat healthy and stay lean while on the go.

Here are 3 tips on how to eat healthy while traveling.

1. Healthy snacks
Always pack some healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, pears, apples, cut-up cucumber or carrot. You never know when you become hungry or when there’s an unexpected flight delay. Those who fail to plan ahead usually end up reaching for a bag of crisps, chocolate or biscuits from convenience stores when hunger strikes. Some would just head to the nearest fast food joints for bad trans fat laden meals!

2. Supermarket
Find out if there’s a supermarket or health food store near the hotel where you’ll be staying. You can do so by calling the hotel or searching online. Most supermarkets have a selection ready prepared salad, fruits and grilled meat that make great meals. You don’t even need to spend a fortune by eating out at restaurants.

If there’s a fridge in your room, you can stock up some fresh vegetables and fruits for the duration of your stay. Carry some apples or bananas with you for a healthy snack in case you get hungry.

3. Restaurant
If there’s no fridge in your room or the supermarket is miles away and restaurant is the only place you can eat, stick with healthy options. Avoid deep fried foods, refined carbohydrates and sugary drinks. Leave out the bread, fries, rice, pasta and potato. Have steam vegetables or salad instead. Substitute plain water (with a slice of lemon) for sodas, sweetened juices, alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

I have to admit it’s not easy to eat properly especially when traveling and attending long meetings or trainings. With advance planning and preparation, you can surely eat healthy and stay lean. Some people use travel as a reason fall back on poor eating habits. Don’t let a moment of pleasure leave you with regrets for weeks or months.

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