Healthier ways to eat when you’re traveling

When traveling away from home, eating healthy food can be a challenge. Believe it or not, nutrition is pretty basic; you just need to be more organized. Here are some helpful tips for you when you are traveling.

Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause fatigue and make you feel just plain lousy. Yes, this will mean more stops and bathroom breaks. Trust me, it will be worth it in the long run. As a special note, alcohol causes dehydration. Drinking alcohol on the plane (or even the night before your trip) is not the wisest course of action. If you do decide to drink, make sure to match every drink with an extra glass of water.

Try eating an extra-healthy meal the night before leaving. Your body will be better prepared to handle the rigors of traveling. Load up on foods you think you might be skimping on during your trip, such as fruits, raw nuts, white meat and veggies (protein and fibrous carbohydrates). Don’t go overboard on the calories; just make sure you’re getting as much out of your meal as you can, nutrient-wise.

We all know that rest area food; fast food and airplane meals aren’t so great. Either they taste horrible, or are so loaded with bad stuff (fat, grease, sodium) that you know you’ll be doing your body a disservice by consuming them. So what can you do? I recommend that you bring some food with you! That doesn’t mean packing an oversized cooler (although you can if you have enough room in your car). It means bringing small, easy to pack, easy to eat, nourishing foods. Items such as raw nuts, fruit, protein bars, granola, string cheese, or raw veggies and fruit are simple snack ides. Individually wrapped items are especially useful when traveling.

It is important not to skip meals. It’s key to eat regularly, every 2-3 hours throughout your day. Try to eat as healthy as you can, just as you would any other day.

Small choices equal long-term results. Take charge of your choices…one bite at a time!

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