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How to eat (somewhat) healthy while you travel

Categories: Balancing Act, Health & Wellness

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By Britt Reints from Miss Britt

It’s hard enough to eat right in the comfort of your own kitchen, but add time changes and airport delays to the mix and staying healthy can be about as convenient as traveling with toddlers. Alas, much like hitting the road with kids, eating well on the road can be done - but you’ll need to do a little mental prepping to get it done.

1. Pack snacks. What makes eating on the road so difficult is the last-minute frantic search for food we often find ourselves doing in the most inconvenient places. Here’s a hint: you will want to eat. Guaranteed. Plan for this inevitably by throwing some travel-friendly food in your purse. Try granola bars, fruit, meal replacement bars or shakes, or even a sandwich if you’ve got the packing space.

2. Focus on protein.
When you do find yourself scrambling for a meal in an airport or convenience store, skip the chips and look for a good protein source. A carb-only snack will leave you hungry and tired soon after you’ve finished your meal. String cheese is one of my favorites in a pinch. I also look for the deli sandwiches with meat and cheese and toss one of the slices of bread so there’s a more equal balance of carbs and protein.

3. Eat your fruits and veggies. Be sure to include a fruit or vegetable at every single meal while you’re traveling. This habit will help keep everything moving in your digestive system and make you less likely to be tearing through the mini-bar for late night snacks.

4. Pay attention to portions. One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is to eat the food; it’s an important part of traveling. However, the best local cuisine isn’t always the healthiest and it can be a real shock to your system if it’s extremely different from your normal fare. Don’t skip the goodies, just dabble in moderation. Try the appetizer or lunch portions at a restaurant and offer to split the food cart meals with a friend.

5. Drink less booze and more water. Dehydration is a nasty beast and a common side effect of traveling. Carry a water bottle with you and make a point of having a glass at every meal. If you drink cocktails while you travel (not while you’re driving of course), alternate drinks with cups of H20 to help pace yourself and stave off the hangover, which is always worse on the road.

How do you stay healthy when you’re away from home?

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