One of the most challenging times to keep up with good nutrition is when
traveling. Whether it is for a short trip or an extended stay, you are
oftentimes at the mercy of the local eateries or hotel continental
offerings when traveling. Although this can be a challenging time to
maintain your course of healthy eating, there are some fool-proof methods
of keeping yourself on track with your healthy eating plan!
The number one thing you must do is prepare, prepare, and prepare.
Mentally, set a goal for yourself to only eat out for one meal, if
possible. Lunch options at restaurants are typically lighter and more
appropriately portioned than dinner meals. If you must eat out, try and
choose lunch time as your ‘eat-out’ meal. If you order a larger lunch (or
dinner), save half of it for your meal for later!
When preparing for a get-away, planning is crucial. Depending on the
length of time that you will be gone, consider the option of making a stop
at a local grocery store to stock up on healthy, travel-friendly snacks to
keep on hand throughout your days. If you have the luxury of staying
somewhere with a kitchenette, decide and commit to cooking one meal a day!
To plan even further ahead, double your portion during your cooking
session and set aside the second portion for a meal the following day!
Taking pre-cooked meals with you for the first day or two in a small
cooler or container is also a doable option to help you not lose focus
early in your stay away from home. Most hotels have a refrigerator in the
room, so storage would be relatively simple.
Healthy options are possible when you are away, but it does take a
commitment and a hint of discipline to choose the best options for you. It
may not be as easy as being at home, but commit to giving your body the
best available food options and commit to the extra effort of keeping your
body healthy. You are guaranteed to feel better when you return home and
feel proud of yourself for being mindful with your nutrition!