I just got home from a short 5 day trip over the long holiday weekend. As I was preparing to go it occurred to me how much i’ve learned about how to travel healthy. I mean in the beginning I would pack my suitcase (‘over-pack’ is more like it) with things I was never going to wear but had to have, just in case. Today it’s a whole new experience. I pack (over-pack) easy to eat healthy foods for traveling. Years ago, I would I rely on airport food, gas station stops, and restaurants to get me through, and by the end of the trip, those comfy sweats I brought with, just in case, would come in handy for the long travel home.
I want to share with you my 5 best practices for traveling by car, plane or train without gaining weight.
Be prepared! This is the number one thing that will save you from needing those comfy pants. It begins with being prepared from the day before you leave, with food you will take with you. Being prepared from the morning you travel makes the likelihood of success so much greater. Knowing that you won’t have to rely on airport food, as tempting as it might be, or gas station food, will free you too enjoy your travel as you to start off on a good note. Each good choice empowers you to make the next good choice.
Have a plan! Food is a huge part of travel, and so often it becomes a main focus…. “Anyone hungry?” “Should we get lunch now?” “Where are we going for diner?” Questions like that often ruled my travel. What I do now is decide in advance which meal will be the main meal of the day. Sometimes it’s diner, sometimes it’s lunch, and my favorite is when the main meal is breakfast. Having this decided in advance allows me to make the right choices at the other food stops throughout the day.
Be flexible! Flexibility is a must when traveling. Sometimes the best laid plans can turn on a dime when traveling. Just go with the flow and make the best choices available in the moment. 99.9% of the times there will be a best option. Go for that. And of course, if you are truly prepared, you will have something tucked in your purse for just such an occasion.
Have fun!! After all you are on vaca right. So fun is a must. But fun doesn’t have to involve consuming large amounts of alcohol? Unless of course you’re hell bent on getting hammered everyday. In that case you probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway. Seriously, nothing causes weight gain, and can ruin your fun, and your plan like to many adult beverages. Choose wisely.
Be an experimenter! Take note of what worked best, and what you would do differently the next time you travel. Becoming a healthy traveler takes some practice. Don’t throw in the towel if things don’t go as well as you wanted them to. Especially if this is your first time planning and prepping food for vacation. It’s taken me many trips to get it down. Things I never leave home without anymore, regardless of how long my trip is, or how I’m getting there: Shakeology, (and my travel blender), Tanka bars, nuts, bag of popcorn or pretzels, apples. peanut butter. If I’m traveling by car, a case of water. If traveling by plane, I always stop and by water before I get to the hotel or condo I rented.
It’s pretty simple, don’t be rigid, just be prepared. And most of all, have a great time!
Live Fit, Spread Joy!!