Being healthy while travelling is not always the easiest thing. There is only so many veggie burgers and salads a girl can eat! Although I am not one to say no to treats or sweets on vacation, there is something to be said about balance. Unfortunately, I do not have any groundbreaking to say on the subject, but I do have some tried and true tricks on how to help with the quest of eating healthier while on vacation.
Tip #1: Check the Menu. Although tempting as it is to have the cheese fries and double-decker burger, it probably is not the best thing in the world. Try and steer clear of things on the menu that says “creamy” or “fried”, try to choose things that are “grilled”, “steamed” or “baked”. That being said, a little this and a little that won’t hurt especially if you are treating yourself on vacation. This being said, I would like to stress that if you are going to a place where they traditionally serve pasta like Italy or Empanadas while in Chile, go out and try the traditional foods that are served in that country. Besides if you are going to visit a country, you may as well fully experience it.
Tip #2: Snacks on snacks. Instead of the urge to grab a candy bar or a caramel iced coffee, reach for a snack from your bag. Not only does this help you keep on track with healthy eating but it also helps save a few extra bucks. When I arrive at a new destination, one of the first things I do after settling in is pop in a grocery store and grab a few snacks. My go to’s are fresh fruit, a trail mix, or an oat/granola bar. Put them in your bag, and you are ready to go!
Tip #3: Water, water, water. As much as I love coffee, I know that isn’t the best thing for me. What I mean is that I can’t have it every single second of every single day (as sad as it is). Another thing I add to my purse is a reusable water bottle. Not only is it cheaper than having to buy a plastic water bottle and better for the environment, but it is also nice to have on hand to conquer any cravings you might have.
Tip #4: Don’t skip meals. I am a firm believer in not skipping meals! It may seem like a good idea at the time, but it won’t do much good in the long run. I find it tends to lead to overeating at the next meal. However, if find yourself not in the mood to eat, try just a small meal. Even if it is just a bit of yoghurt and fruit or a piece of peanut butter, try to fit a bit of protein in there to keep you from crashing later on in the day.
Tip #5: Ditch the sugar. I am not referring to the sweet treats that you may or may not indulge; I am talking about the sugar that hides in your drinks. Try to avoid the drinks with things such as simple syrup and cream in them. Although one might not be the worst thing in the world, try to stick to everything in moderation. When going out while travelling, I stick to soda water and vodka (classy, I know). Another good choice is wine, because who doesn’t love a glass or two of crisp, white wine!
If you have any tips on how you stay healthy while on the right, let me know in the comments down below!