It’s hard enough to eat right under normal circumstances, so what chance do you have to follow a healthy diet?
You have a fighting chance, because you should never give up and put your sensible eating habits on hold while you’re away from home. It’s easy to eat right if you prepare for the road.
Whether you’re taking a business trip or a family vacation, follow these simple guidelines for a healthier trip.
1. Plan ahead
It starts even before you hit the road. Pack snacks that are chock-full of nutrients that will sustain you. You want snacks with meaningful calories that will stave off hunger, not empty calories found in sweets and candy. Think beef jerky, nuts and dark chocolate chips. Nutrition bars are perfect because they contain seeds and dried fruit.
2. Be Picky
When you arrive in a new city or town, the temptation is to pull over at the first fast-food restaurant you see when you enter the city limits. Don’t fall for that trick. Restaurants that serve healthy food are further away from the main drag. Awful greasy spoons are always in your face, so Google your way to more nutritious dining that may be off the beaten path. You won’t go wrong with the menus offered at Chipotle, Sweet Tomatoes and Panera Bread, to name a few.
3. Eat Regularly
Eat every two to three hours to keep your metabolism in check. We’re not suggesting that you should overeat every few hours; just munch on nuts, dried fruit or beef jerky. This way, you won’t fall prey to traveler’s junk-food syndrome, where you get so hungry and desperate that you wolf down a gas-station hot dog – yeah, that green one in the corner.
4. Go Green
Okay, we’ll admit that getting all your veggies and fruits is, to say the least, very challenging when you’re living out of a suitcase. But you can fill that suitcase with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, and then mix them into your morning cereal or afternoon smoothie. Your body craves consistency, so don’t let your travels upset your quota of greens.
5. Get Some Sleep
Whether your travel takes you through different time zones or not, your sound sleep is in jeopardy when you’re away from home. Especially considering you might be stuffing your face with junk, the chances of you falling asleep in this completely new environment are slim to none. Strange sounds and smells will make falling asleep that much more difficult. Try taking along a natural sleep aid like melatonin to help the Sandman find your new location.
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