Sticking to a healthy diet while traveling can be quite difficult. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet while on holiday can be easier than you think. Changing your diet while traveling may not be a good idea, but if you are already making healthy choices modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel is not as difficult as it may seem.
If you are traveling by airplane, you may have to wait until you land to start your healthy diet. Airplane food can often be high in carbs, sodium and preservatives. When you book your flight, ask about your food options and see if a vegetarian dish is available. Vegetarian dishes can have a higher nutritional value, but it really depends on what they will be serving. If you can, eat a larger healthy meal before your flight so that you donít have to eat the entire meal that is served on the plane.
When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the foods found there. Avoid this whenever possible! While on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than one during a week can be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breast, salad and water. Avoid fried food and sugary drinks.
Also, remember that you can take your own food when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and youíll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in half and getting a doggie bag. Youíll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home.
Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. When you eat healthy food, you will also avoid illnesses that you may encounter when traveling.