Absolutely nothing should get in the way of your vacation enjoyment! You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to play hard. Sometimes, even pleasurable travel can be stressful. I’ve learned that one of the best ways to minimize travel stress and enjoy a vacation to the fullest is by finding ways to carry healthy-eating habits with me on my trip.
San Fransisco, California
Several aspects of travel present challenges to healthy eating. First, your regular routine changes when you travel. Second, away from home you will face different types of foods as well as temptations that you know how to avoid at home. A little advance planning will help you navigate the labyrinth of unhealthy and processed foods you will encounter on vacation and keep you eating healthy through the duration of your trip.
Santa Cruz, California
Before you leave, take the time to learn about your destination. Doing a little research into the hotel and restaurants in the area can go a long way. I have found reviews to be extremely helpful in my travels because they provide the most unbiased and true information. I recently found a great site that listed the hotels in Las Vegas I was interested in with reviews regarding restaurants, amenities, and things to do. This information made it extremely helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle while away. Find out all you can about local restaurants. Locate a health food store in the area where you can stop for snacks to keep in your hotel room, and look for a hotel that has in room refrigerators so you will be able to stock fruits and veggies there to ward off late-night cravings.
If you plan to fly, consider what you will eat on the plane. I always pack some healthy snacks like raw almonds and some fruit or fresh veggies in my carry-on bag to keep me from succumbing to high sodium or sugary refreshments served on the plane. If an in-flight meal will be served, take the time to order an alternative to the regular meal. Low-sodium or vegetarian options are best.
Drink plenty of water throughout your trip. This may be easier at home, but it’s just as important when you travel. I like to carry a water bottle along with me that I can refill anywhere. This will save you money at tourist attractions where bottled water can be very expensive. It will also help you avoid the temptation of drinking soda or other sugary and caffeinated beverages.
Pebble Beach, California
On vacation, you will probably be eating at several restaurants. Follow the same guidelines you do when eating out near your home. Before heading to a nice dinner, eat a handful of raw carrots or an apple to take the edge off your hunger and keep you from filling up on bread before your meal arrives. Read the menu carefully. Find healthy selections under words such as “broiled” and “steamed.” Avoid words like “battered,” “smothered” or “bottomless.” Speaking of bottomless, avoid all-you-can-eat restaurants as well. It’s too easy to keep eating after you are full when you’ve paid to eat all you possibly can.
Of course, when you get away on vacation, you may want to splurge a little. Feel free to enjoy some local delights. The key to vacationing healthy is moderation. If you eat a healthy breakfast, go ahead and enjoy that world-famous pizza at lunchtime. Just be sure to follow it with a healthy afternoon snack if you get hungry later.
Some healthy snack ideas:
Organic Hummus and Organic Baby Carrots
Organic Raw Walnuts or Raw Almonds and Organic Cheese ( if you eat dairy )
Mana Bread ( A great organic sprouted grain bread ) by itself or with Organic Cheese
Organic Nuts: Smokehouse Almonds, Rosemary Garlic Almonds, Tomato Basil Almonds, Maple Walnuts
Pestos and Organic Whole Grain Crackers ( You can pack Pesto in your suitcase, it wont go bad if it has lemon Juice and Garlic in it )
Organic Trail mix
Organic Kale Chips
Organic Dried Fruit
Organic Peanut Butter and Apples
Dried Seaweed Snacks
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