10 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling
Proper nutrition is the key to successful travel
Traveling is an amazing experience that allows you to broaden your horizons. You discover new places, and cultures, and find yourself in unusual circumstances. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your life and understand what really matters to you.
But there is one downside to traveling: it can be quite difficult to stick to a healthy diet while on the road. And the reason is not always the unavailability of healthy foods. It just seems to people that you need to get everything from rest, including the enjoyment of food. However, healthy eating does not mean that you will suffer.
To get started, set a few goals before your trip:
• adhere to a healthy diet throughout the trip;
• avoid hunger to prevent impulsive purchases;
• Save money on junk food so you can spend it on something more fun later.
I enjoy traveling! But I see that during flights or trips, the burden on nature increases: from huge fuel emissions to disposable cups on airplanes. And if we cannot influence emissions, then we can improve the food on the plane for the benefit of ourselves and the planet!⠀
Here are 10 tips for eating healthy while traveling:
1. Take fruit on a plane
Choose fruits that you can easily take with you: an apple, a banana, a peach, or a few tangerines. In addition, take a bag of nuts. This will help you satisfy your hunger and avoid impulsive food decisions.
2. Always carry a healthy snack
To feel full throughout the day, take some kind of snack with you: walnuts, almonds, unsalted pistachios, dark chocolate or some kind of fruit, dried fruit.
3. Take a bottle of water with you
First of all, you should think about how to provide your body with enough water. So always take a bottle of water with you.
I always have a Thermo mug and a reusable Thermos bottle with me. And the rest of the passengers look at me with envy, because I always win 🙂
- They give me more water, coffee, or tea than other passengers.
- The liquid does not spill, even when shaking.
- Hot drinks stay warm longer.
- Before landing, you can stock up on drinking water by asking the flight attendant.
- And no garbage!
4. Choose better food at airports
It will be great if you pack your lunch in advance. But perhaps you forgot about it or didn’t want to take up space. So if you’re hungry, your options are limited to fast food. However, even at fast food restaurants, you can choose something healthy: vegetable salads (choose without dressing), scrambled egg sandwiches (ask without mayonnaise), vegetable soups, and chopped fruit.
For drinks, choose tea or coffee. No added sugar or cream. Avoid dairy drinks, lemonades, and fruit juices (even freshly squeezed).
I also often take food with me, at least snacks. Yes, not everyone knows that you can take your own food on the plane – the main thing is that it is not liquid! When you have food in a container with you, you don’t have to buy something in a package or eat something that you don’t like or settle for a meal on a plane that isn’t very healthy for you.
5. Do your research
Look for restaurants, supermarkets, and markets near your home or where you will be staying that offer healthy food. If you plan in advance where you will eat, then the chances that you will make the right choice in food will increase.
6. Go shopping first
Upon arrival, visit the shops that you have already found. Buy all the necessary products: for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Here are some products that you can buy almost anywhere in the world:
• fresh fruits ;
Do not try to immediately try all the local cuisine. Start with what is familiar to your body. And sometimes include something unusual.
7. Choose just one meal a day
Food is really to be enjoyed. And not all local cuisine can be useful. To try something new and take care of your health at the same time, choose just one local dish a day.
8. Prioritize water
Avoid drinks with a lot of sugar. Fruit juices, lemonades and alcoholic drinks – it is better to refuse all this.
Alcoholic drinks are often associated with relaxation and holidays. But if you overdo it, you will return home more tired than when you left.
9. Half your plate should be occupied by vegetables.
Try to follow this simple rule. This will help you avoid overeating, and you will be provided with all the necessary vitamins.
10. Back home, start over
If during the holidays you still did not manage to stick to a healthy diet, as you wanted, then do not beat yourself up. Forgive yourself and begin to gradually return to healthy habits.