Healthy Eating Tips for Travel
As you start packing your bags for that long-awaited getaway, don’t forget to include healthy snacks for the road. Even though it can be tricky to stick to a weight loss eating plan while traveling, you it is possible to make healthy choices on the road. Whether you’re heading to the beach or setting off on a long weekend in the mountains, use these health tips to help keep yourself on track with your healthy eating plan.
Eat a solid breakfast
Even if you’re planning to catch an early morning flight, eat a healthy breakfast to stave off hunger later in the day. Nutritious breakfast options include an egg white omelet, oatmeal with nonfat milk, nuts and fruit, a yogurt parfait, or a bran muffin with nonfat plain Greek yogurt. If you don’t have much time to enjoy breakfast before you travel, fuel your body with a Curves protein shake instead.
Pack snack bars for the road
When you’re on the go, having a nutritious bar on hand can help when there aren’t many healthy options around. By having a healthy snack with you, you can avoid running to the nearest drive-thru or convenience store on your vacation. Protein snack bars are a convenient and delicious meal replacement option and will also satisfy sugar cravings. They are also perfect for long flights, road trips, and for squashing those late-night cravings at the end of a busy day.
It’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling because you may not be able to carry a water bottle around with you at all times. You might also be drinking more caffeinated or alcoholic beverages during your trip. To stay in line with your weight loss eating plan, drink water or unsweetened tea whenever possible. Staying hydrated can help you feel more energized and keep hunger pangs at bay.
Take a sneak peek at the menu
Before you dine out, don’t be afraid to call or look online for the restaurant menu. If you don’t see items that jive with your healthy eating plan, ask about healthier options. Many restaurants are more than happy to prepare something off the menu upon request. Look for grilled and steamed options on the menu, request less oil/butter and sauce to be used when preparing your meal, ask for a “split” entrée to share, and remember to enjoy the experience—chew slowly and savor your meal.
Find the nearest grocery store
Preparing your own meals and snacks will make it much easier for you to stick with your healthy eating plan. If your hotel room has a small fridge or kitchenette, plan on making a trip to the grocery store to stock up on the basics. Veggies like carrots and snap peas, fresh fruit, oatmeal, nuts, lean deli meats, and whole grain bread are quick, healthy options that will keep you on track with your weight loss eating plan.
Eat every few hours
Eating every few hours can be challenging when you’re busy touring the city or playing poolside. You don’t have to constantly watch the clock when you’re on vacation in order to follow your healthy eating plan, but it is a good idea to eat every few hours to prevent overeating at your next meal and to keep your metabolism going throughout the day. Pack healthy snack options in your handbag to keep hunger — and the urge to overeat — under control.
With these health tips, you’ll be better prepared to fully enjoy your vacation without having to sacrifice what you’ve worked so hard to achieve at Curves. Follow these healthy eating tips and incorporate daily physical activity into your itinerary and you’ll walk back into the front doors of Curves when you return without missing a beat.