It’s that time of year — the end of winter, the awkward transitional period when everything is muddy and lukewarm. It can make anyone seek warmer climes. If you are trying to incorporate some more traveling into your life, there’s no need to let your healthy eating fall by the wayside. Here are 6 tips for staying healthy while still enjoying your travels.
Ditch the sugary bars. Energy bars are great in concept, but unless you’re mountain biking the PCT, you probably don’t need all that sugar. Try to find a bar that has 10 grams of sugar or less to keep your blood sugar balanced and your energy up — check out the Larabar Roasted Nut Roll.
Don’t overindulge at breakfast. Generally, when you’re traveling, you don’t want to be weighed down by a belly full of eggs, waffles, and bacon — not that that wouldn’t be delicious. Instead, opt for a cheap single-serving Greek yogurt with granola, or oatmeal with berries, or even a latte if you’re not a breakfast person. It’ll be cheaper than a grand meal, and will keep you seeing sights all day without feeling hungry… or bloated and lethargic.
Avoid fast food. Prepare a few snacks — nuts, granola, jerky — so that you don’t feel like fast food is your only option. Fast food will make you feel sluggish and unhealthy. Traveling should be a positive experience! There are always better options. It just takes a little planning.
Indulge a little. Small indulgences are a healthy addition to your travels. Have a little dessert or maybe indulge in a warm, buttery croissant one morning while watching the sun rise. Having a few treats, as long as you’re not consistently overeating or relying on sugar and caffeine to get you through the day, is wonderful and fun no matter where you are.
Make one meal a day veggie-centric. It can be easy to forget about veggies when you’re traveling — they’re not always convenient and they’re not always the sexiest of options. But, if you make one meal all about vegetables — probably lunch — you’ll feel cleaner and more energized for it.
Don’t drink at every meal. That wine with dinner is great, but when you start tossing in beers with lunch and mimosas with breakfast, your trip is going to start looking much hazier. Spend your time enjoying new experiences, not the extensive list of cocktails.
Go experience life: see new places, meet new people, have fun. That’s what life is all about! There’s no need to let your healthy eating regimen prevent you from going out and enjoying your life. How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle when traveling?