Eating Healthy While Traveling

Local produce at a street vendor in Pune India

We all are trying to watch what we eat in our daily lives, why not try eating healthy while traveling?  It’s hard to keep up your good habits when you are out of your routine on the road.  But, with a little knowledge and a little planning, you can continue your healthy lifestyle.

If you are starting off your trip flying, you can pack food through security, but keep in mind that according to the Transportation Security Administration, “liquids and gels” include peanut butter, jelly, hummus, pudding, cream cheese, applesauce, and other soft foods are not allowed.  There are exceptions like baby food, baby milk, juice for babies, or liquid medication with a written prescription.  You are unable to bring icepacks, as well.  With all that out of the way, you can bring fruits sandwiches, healthy snacks and other items along on your trip instead of eating high fat, high calorie, high carb, fried expensive food at the airport.

Drink lots of water whether you are flying by plane or traveling by car.  By staying hydrated, you are less likely to reach for a sugary soda, or even a snack. Water helps flush your body and keep everything working properly.  Drinking lots of water will also stave off headaches from dehydration and helps in keeping jet lag to a minimum.

One of the best places to find healthy food is at a farmer’s market or a street vendor selling fruits and vegetables.  While traveling in India, I experienced several new fruits and raw vegetables by purchasing them from a vendor.  Merchants are always glad to talk about their items, so you can engage in some lively conversation while tasting the local flavor.

If you are eating off the hotel’s free hot breakfast, eat what you would normally eat at home.  It is the most important meal of the day, especially on vacation with you have a lot to accomplish.  Choose a high fiber, or low sugar cereal over the sugary cream cheese danish that is just going to make you crash in 3o minutes.  Or, Mom was always right about oatmeal sticking to your ribs.  Why not eat some on vacation for that extra fiber?

Eating several small meals during the day will keep your blood sugar up and you won’t feel sluggish as you go from place to place. So, packing healthy and nutritional snacks is a must when you are on the go.  A handful of nuts (preferably without salt or a sugary coating), baked graham crackers, protein bars (but read the ingredients for too much sugar), and even cheese and lean meat if you have a cooler can keep you up and going during your day.  Again, drink lots of water so you will be less tempted to grab a soda or other sugary drink.

In the evening, start your meal off with soup or salad before your main course.  This may fill you up a little before you eat that entire plate of pasta.  I mean, having a great plate of pasta is a vacation for your mouth, but you don’t want to pay for it later!

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