Summer break is officially upon us, and hopefully you have a getaway or two planned these next few months! But while traveling is always amazing, we understand the stress that sometimes accompanies a good trip. You're stuck between wanting to enjoy yourself, but also not stray too far from your healthy path. Luckily, we're sharing our best tips for how you can still eat healthy and keep practicing those healthy habits while traveling!
How to Eat Healthy While Traveling
Tips from Erin | All Inspired Wellnes
1) Pack healthy snacks. That over-priced, processed airport "food" is a lot less tempting when you've brought choices of your own! Some ideas that serve as nourishing fuel for your body AND are easy to travel with include: fruits and veggies (that don't require refrigeration), tuna packets, single serving protein powders for mixing into water or coffee, protein bars, low-additive jerky, single serving popcorn, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
2) Try to choose meals with all three macronutrients (protein, healthy fats, and carbs). Having balanced meals while traveling helps prevent cravings and energy slumps. When our energy levels are high, we're not only more likely to make healthy eating choices but we're also more likely to stay active throughout the day!
3) Squeeze in exercise. Whether it's a quick 20 minute workout in the morning or simply walking around outdoors, exercise keeps our hunger hormones stabilized. With balanced hormones, our hunger/fullness cues are regulated which help us with portion control when dining out.
4) Consume veggies at least 2 meals a day. It's pretty difficult to get full when you're not eating much fiber (not to mention digestion issues often occur when traveling anyway). The fiber in vegetables helps keep everything running smoothly as well as prevents overindulging or eating more calories than we're burning (i.e. what commonly leads to vacay weight gain).
5) Check out restaurant menus online before choosing where to eat. This can prevent you from wasting money (or calories!) on food you don't really want. Planning ahead also can help prevent us from saying "screw it" when it's time to order and instead, being mindful about our choices.
6) Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself! Food when traveling can be fuel AND fun. With a healthy relationship with eating, we're able to enjoy our favorite bites when traveling while still staying on track of our wellness goals. Giving yourself some wiggle room can actually prevent you from going overboard when it comes to 'cheat' meals or treats. It's all about balance, not deprivation. Get that gelato you've been eyeing, but instead of getting a large, order a small or kid's size. Order a healthy meal of veggies and protein, then get a fun side to split with a friend/partner. Remember- reaching your wellness goals is more possible with progress not perfection!
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Thank you, Erin, for sharing these tips with us! Before beginning any new diet or exercise program, you should always consult your physician.
Erin Dittmer is a Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist living in the Quad Cities. After years in the fitness and nutrition industry, Erin started a wellness company in 2016 catered to helping people live happier, healthier, and more vibrant lives. She has felt so blessed that her business, All-Inspired Wellness, allows her to empower others to look and feel their absolute best on a daily basis. Her mission is to help people stop dieting and start living by showing them how simple (and delicious!) a healthy lifestyle can be. You can learn more about All-Inspired Wellness by visiting their website, or by following on Facebook and Instagram for more tips on packing healthy snacks and ordering healthy choices at restaurants! If you're looking for a customized wellness program with one-on-one coaching to provide accountability and help you reach your goals, contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!