A Nutritious Diet while Traveling
Once you have made the firm decision to change your eating habits, you will find
many little tests along the way. Places we visit in the form of travel,
Restaurants, Parties, friend’s places, work situations and also our biggest
enemy, Time. These situations can present challenges to our resolve in
maintaining good Nutrition in our diet and while we have covered a few points in
our previous articles, we will now look at what I consider a major test, Travel!
Sticking to a nutritious diet while traveling can be one of the more difficult
things to do. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet is
really not that difficult. It’s probably not the best time in which to start a
healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods
already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel, is not as difficult
as it first may seem.
If you are traveling by airplane, your diet may have to include airplane food,
which can often be of poor nutritional value, depending on the selection. When
you book your flight, ask about your food options, ask if a vegetarian dish is
available? Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it
really depends on what they may be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before
your flight, so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served, to
When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food
restaurants and eat the meals found there. Avoid this whenever possible! If
you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food
more than once during a week can really be bad for your health. If you must,
choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts and diet soda.
Also, remember that you can take your own meals when traveling. Carrying a loaf
of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a
cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals.
These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead
to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get
the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places
print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious
people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal
in have and getting a doggie bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy
eating, even away from home.
Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your
health is worth it. Eating meals high in nutrition will also assist in fighting
illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will find
yourself more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.