While vacationing or traveling it’s really easy to stick to your healthy eating plan. The first thing I make sure I do is pack my own food. It’s especially important to bring plenty of snacks because who knows when hunger will hit while in the car or at the airport.
1. Bring your own food.
You know what’s in and what you like. It’s friendly not only on your waistline but on your wallet as well. If you’re worried about taking up room, small things like bars, trail mix, and single servings of nut butter packages make great options.
Apples and baby carrots are another favorite because they last so long. Canned foods like sardines or tuna make for easy protein options that don’t have to be refrigerated.
2. Bring food for travelling.
Easy things to pack include sandwiches, grapes, Larabars, apples, carrots and hummus, fruit leather, or nuts.
3. Stop at the grocery store when you get there.
Stock up on things you eat regularly: fruits and veggies, bread, almond butter, canned soup, yogurt, etc. If you don’t have a fridge available get single serving pouches of non-dairy milks, and produce that will stay fresh on the shelf. Apples, oranges, bananas, avocados and tomatoes are some of my favorites. Canned fruit, vegetables, or soup are good options too. Don’t forget to pack some utensils!
4. Drink lots of water!
If flying, pack a reusable water bottle that’s empty, but if you’re travelling by car, fill ‘er up!
5. Eat a healthy breakfast.
I packed some of my own tea to enjoy every morning since I won’t have my regular coffee every morning. I’ve been eating some yogurt topped with a crumbled granola bar, blueberries, and sometimes a nut butter pack.
Other healthy options include smoothies, fresh juice, granola with a mashed banana, trail mix, salad, hard-boiled eggs, or toast.
6. Don’t eat out every meal.
Though convenient, your wallet won’t thank you. I’ve packed and bought food and have been eating or snacking on it most of my vacation – though there’s still been plenty of eating out.
Canned sardines, canned green beans, and Pacific Foods boxed Roasted Red Pepper soup, with leftover toast from my meal at Grass Root, and the 2 carrots I hadn’t finished while preparing the rest of my lunch. ;)
7. When eating out, take home leftovers.
When I eat out, I almost always employ the 50% rule: restaurants serve such large portions either split them with someone and enjoy a salad first, or take half of it home.
8. Make your leftovers stretch.
Eat it with salad or raw veggies. I often like to place leftovers on a bed of lettuce (if you have access to a fridge).
9. Take time for yourself.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading and taking some walks while in Florida. I also packed a couple of dance DVDs to stay active amidst all the sitting I’ve been doing.
10. Live a little and indulge!
You’re on vacation after all! One piece of dessert or one rich meal isn’t going to break your healthy eating. If you indulged a little too much, just get right back on track – don’t throw your healthy eating away because of one meal.
What tips do you have for staying healthy while on vacation and while traveling?