Traveling usually brings exciting experiences, but staying healthy on the go can be a bit challenging. It may seem that eating a couple of unhealthy meals will not do any harm but eventually you will find that you suffer. These tips will help you to find balance in your trips.
1. Go traditional
If you are traveling to a place you haven’t been before, try local food. Usually the availability of locally produced ingredients will provide you with a good quality products. It’s also a great chance to experience new flavors, tastes and textures. Even though fast food might be a more familiar food for your palate and stomach, the extra calories you will consume will make you feel sluggish and guilty.
2. Moderation is the key
While new dishes will look delicious and you will want to try all of them, try to avoid overeating. This simple rule will help you taste the food more mindfully and leave a good impression of it rather than have a memory of an upset stomach and being sick of the taste rather than truly savoring it. If you are not sure of the portion size, don’t hesitate to ask a waiter for advice whilst ordering. If a large portion is unavoidable, pack it to go; this will also help you save some money on your meal next day.
3. Street food
Street food might be a good alternative to fast food. Go for the option that has plenty of vegetables and is not heavy in fats. The rule of thumb is to avoid fried things and go for a steamed or boiled option. If you are not sure about the freshness of the ingredients, choose a different place or dish which has the ingredients fully cooked.
4. Don’t forget breakfast
While moving around, you might forget about the most important meal of the day. It might be tempting to skip breakfast so you have a bigger appetite for your lunch, but that’s just a deception. Make your breakfast light, full in fibre and micro elements to get you started for the day. Granola or oatmeal with fruit and nuts is a good option. Swapping milk for yogurt is another great choice. Treat yourself with waffles once in a while, but don’t forget fruit!
5. Maintain balance
When you are traveling, it is very easy to fall for snack bars which are secretly full of sugar and fat. Eating plenty of vegetables and a healthy amount of protein will boost your energy and keep you healthy. Try not to skip any meals and be smart and moderate about alcohol. If you want to keep your metabolism going, remember to eat regularly and in small portions. Getting sleepy precisely when you need energy is the last thing you want!
6. Smart snacking
The best way to eat healthy when you are traveling is to take some snacks with you. A pack of nuts, fresh and dried fruit, mini carrots or celery sticks with some hummus are amongst options you could choose from. While a chocolate bar might seem like a good energy boost, it will just add some extra calories.
7. Stay hydrated
Water is the key to your body functioning correctly. Your body needs water for every single thing. Hydrating plenty will help you to get rid of your hangover, replenish your energy and help you eat less. Pure water and drinks low in sugar and caffeine will help you combat fatigue, overexposure to the sun or cold weather. As an extra bonus, it will help you get rid of unhealthy cravings!