This is the second post of a four-part series that focuses on different aspects of staying healthy on the road. You can find the first one that’s all about medicine here.
I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to indulge when I travel-thanks to a huge sweet tooth and the urge to try ALL the local food. Unfortunately, my poor body suffers and both my physical and emotional health are affected.
Luckily, these past few years I’ve been focusing on being healthier both at home and on the road. Here’s some things I’ve found that allow me to indulge in the local cuisine, but still get my daily dose of fruits and veggies too.
Eat small frequent meals
Travel in general, and especially changing time zones can mess up your natural eating habits. I’ve learned one of the best ways to combat this is by eating small meals every few hours to allow your body to not overwork, but still give you enough energy to sustain yourself.
Eat a serving of fruits and veggies every other meal
True sometimes your meal will be only consist of carbs (hello platter of potato pierogi) but I’ve learned that as long as you balance it out with a generous serving of veggies or a piece of fruit in the next meal you’re good to go. If I pigged out for breakfast, I’ll go light for lunch.
Drink plenty of water
This has been my biggest issue while traveling, but it’s the most important. I’ve downloaded an app called Daily Water, (Water Drink Reminder for those with an Android is a good alternative) where I can keep track of my liquid intake and best of all it has reminders that help me stay hydrated. Also, my insulated water bottle makes water so much more appealing cause it keeps water cold for up to 24 hours. Add a lemon slice and it makes water so much more appealing!
Go vegetarian for a day
Take it one step further and forgo meat for a day. I’ve realized that opting for meatless options usually means automatically looking for more healthy plant-based meals. Plus, you can discover new dishes that you would never have known about if your meals were mostly meat-centric.
Stash protein-rich snacks
Whenever I have long travel days (especially long flying days) I make sure to carry plenty of protein in the form of turkey jerky (Trader Joe’s all the way), protein bars (RX bars are my go to that don’t have that weird protein flavor) and mini packets of Justin’s almond butter (honey is my favorite) to eat with a spoon or spread on a cracker. It’s the best way for me personally to avoid any possibility of being hangry.
Split something indulgent
Trying local desserts are my weakness. Of course, I tend to go overboard, but I’ve realized if I get the smaller gelato or split a ginormous piece of chocolate cake with someone else, my body will thank me an hour later when I don’t experience a major blood sugar crash. Cause there’s nothing worse than feeling like a zombie when you still have half a day of sightseeing, amirite?