When you’re trying to eat healthy and maintain a wellness-based lifestyle, traveling often makes it hard to stay on track. Your schedule is thrown off, food options seem to be nothing but fast food and sleep is rarely a priority when you’re exploring a new place. Luckily, there’s good news! Today, there are way better (and healthier!) options than ever before. Here are my suggestions for how to keep from tipping the scale when you get home from your trip.
1. Make time for a meal.
Staying at the top of your wellness game is tough when you haven’t eaten, especially if you’re headed straight from the airport to a meeting or conference.
2. Plan and pack ahead.
You know that standard hotel breakfasts of waffles and other sugary carbs aren’t going to be the best way to start your days, so take control of your food situation and plan ahead.
3. Seek out healthy options at the airport.
If I don’t have time to pack food or stop at a restaurant, airport concession stands are a good alternative … if you know what to look for. The keys to look for are high protein, low salt, low sugar and hydrating ingredients. Look for protein bars, nuts, fresh fruit and bottled water.
4. Familiarize yourself with your destination.
Do research ahead of time! Look for grocery stores and restaurants that fit into your lifestyle, and spent time preparing a list of where and how you can eat once you arrive. If you know the options are limited, make sure you pack enough stuff from home.
5. Fit in a little movement.
If it’s a long trip, bring running shoes and try to at least get a daily walk in, or check out a yoga class the locals love. Even taking the stairs up to your hotel room will make a difference, and can serve the added benefit of helping you relax between the craziness of travel.
You’re not always going to be able to eat healthy when traveling, so be kind to your body before and after a trip.
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