5 Tips For Eating Healthy(ish) and Still Enjoying Yourself While Traveling
Choose the right foods and still have fun while traveling with this list of helpful tips.
What if I told you that you don't need to be a calorie counter to eat healthy?
There's a way for you to take care of your body with a good eating strategy and still enjoy yourself while you travel. Making better and smarter food choices will go much further than simply eating less and will have a positive impact on your mind and body during your vacation or business trip.
Follow these 5 tips to eat healthy(ish) and still have a good time while traveling.
1. Follow the 90/10 rule.
Who wants to go on vacation and not enjoy some of their favorite foods?
Try the 90/10 rule for eating while you travel. This means you are eating healthy 90 percent of the time and the other 10 percent you can eat your cheat foods. This strategy is good all the time but is perfect for traveling. The 90/10 rule allows you to indulge some of the time. The 90/10 rule gives you some flexibility in choosing some less healthy snacks on the go or being less picky when eating at a restaurant.
The importance of a few cheat meals is not just limited to providing travelers with diet flexibility. Psychologically, it would be almost impossible to stick to a strict diet all the time while traveling. Assuming you eat 5 smaller meals a day, stick to your healthy diet for 30 meals a week and let yourself enjoy some of the food you love for the other 5 meals. Those cheat meals will be your reward for eating right most of the time and will allow you to relax your mind a bit.
Physically, you cannot keep your energy levels up if you are always in a caloric deficit, which tends to happen when constantly eating clean. Help your body regulate body weight and fat mass by occasionally indulging in higher calorie meals. Remember to eat a healthy balance of macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. All three are necessary and your focus should be on consuming them from healthy, natural sources.
2. Have one green juice a day.
Drink just one green juice a day and you will instantly feel healthier. Your mind will feel sharper. It's the most efficient way to get a good dose of nutrition. Green juices are nutritional powerhouses full of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals your body needs to run right. You'll also notice that consuming more nutritious foods and drinks will push out more of the bad stuff in your diet. It's zero sum. The more you fill up on the healthy stuff, the less room there is for the bad and the last likely you will be to indulge too much. If fresh-made juices aren't an option, consider cold-pressed juices. They're available in many airports and are convenient for travel.
3. Choose restaurants wisely.
Choosing the right restaurant to eat at can be tricky but there are certain indicators you can look for ahead of time to guide your decision.
For example, the type of cuisine will give you an idea of how healthy it is. American, Italian, and Chinese tend to be the least healthy options while Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek and Japanese are among the healthiest choices. Look for foods that focus more on lean proteins, healthy fats and vegetables and less on simple carbs like breads and pastas. Remember that carbs are not the enemy but eat them in moderation and choose the right ones. Potatoes, rice and certain grains are perfectly fine and you should not avoid them.
Drinking water is one of the most important and basic ways to keep your body healthy. In addition to the physiological importance of staying hydrated, it can also help you stay on track with eating right. Being thirsty can be mistaken for hunger and downing some water can sometimes be the difference between ordering a regret-filled fast food meal and feeling good about yourself.
Water should be your drink of choice anytime you're thirsty. By drinking more water instead of sugar-filled drinks, you will reduce your intake of empty-calories dramatically.
Always keep a water bottle with you while you travel.
5. Pack healthy snacks.
It's easy to overindulge on the wrong foods when traveling. To help avoid this, be sure to pack some healthy snack options for the trip. The better options include trail mix, nuts, fruits and protein bars. These healthy snacks are especially useful during those on-the-go moments, including sightseeing, moving through the airport, boarding the plane or during the car ride to the hotel. You'll probably be less hungry at your next meal and less likely to eat too much.
Consider fasting for the first part of your day. I like this strategy for mitigating the impact of the indulgences I tend to partake in later in the day when I'm traveling. I like a big dinner with drinks and dessert.
So for example, I won't eat anything for breakfast. If I had my last meal at 8PM the night before, then by the time I have lunch around 2PM, I will have fasted for sixteen hours. Then, I'll eat my large meal for dinner and my total for the day will still be around 2,000 calories, even though I got to enjoy a feast at night.
As you can see, this dramatically cuts down on the number calories you're taking in and will leave you feeling better about enjoying yourself.
Stay hydrated, pack some healthy snacks, choose restaurants and dishes wisely, and follow the 90/10 rule. Take care of your body and have some fun!
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