As a healthy diet and travel enthusiast, I love to eat well and enjoy my food anywhere I travel. Nobody wants to come from a vacation or journey with a sickness that could have been avoided. Especially if you traveled to a place or country with a culture and food different from what you are used to.
I remember one time a friend came home from an emergency trip feeling badly constipated. He didn’t have time to buy healthy food and had to make do with food not agree with his stomach.
As a registered dietitian who is passionate about healthy nutrition for a sound body and mind, I would like to share my knowledge. This prompted me to post on my blog this article titled “Darren Ainsworth tips for a healthy diet while travelling.”
In case of emergency trips that leave little room for preparation, opt for food rich in nutrients to stay on a healthy track. I will give you tips on how to eat healthily on your trips without gaining extra weight.
Buy your healthy food and snacks
I make it a point to buy food at grocery stores in my hometown. They are relatively cheaper than shopping at gas stations. The quantities of food I buy depending on my mode of transportation. I limit my food carriage if I’m going to fly but carry as much as I want when I travel by road.
When you bring your food along, you will be able to resist the temptations of unhealthy snacks. If you are not allergic to these foods, here are some examples of healthy food; yogurt, hummus containers, fruits, granola bars, boiled eggs, beef jerky, sandwiches, unsalted almonds, cottage cheese, whole-grain crackers, skimmed milk, apples, vegetables, bread, and so on. If you are going by plane there are restrictions on fresh food you can bring so keep that in mind. Also, avoid greasy and salty food at the airport.
Workout on the go
A quick stretch or cardio session goes a long way in keeping you fit. You can also go on YouTube and search for quick workouts to do. Any excess weight or fat you might have unknowingly gained would be burned away.
As a nutritionist and dietitian, I recommend any traveler to avoid food from vending machines and high in sugar if possible. Go for food rich in fiber to aid your digestive system, vitamin B, poly and monounsaturated fats, vitamin A, and protein.
Research local restaurants and food beforehand
A person who is on a very strict diet needs to make a food plan. I would advise you to go to Google and search for local food and restaurants in the local listings. Browse through their menus and look for the food that suits you. If you are on a low-sugar or low-carb diet, look for restaurants or food markets where you can buy these foods. This will also guarantee that you eat on time and prevent you from having ulcers or low blood sugar.
Eat a balanced diet that contains all six classes of food. Don’t indulge in every snack and food you eat. If you are presented with a food that is not healthy for you, learn to politely decline it. You can use a salad size plate instead of a normal plate if you want to discipline your food intake.
This is the most important and basic means of survival for human beings. Always bring along at least two bottles of water because anything can happen while on a journey. You might be stranded on a deserted road without food or water with no grocery store nearby. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration depletes your energy levels, gives false signals of hunger to your brain.
Travelling is a way of learning new things, people’s way of life and cultures. I would enjoin you to enjoy your trips but be mindful of your health.