This comes just in time as I prepare for two trips in the upcoming weeks!! Love this post from guest blogger Cole Millen. Check out all his great ideas for staying healthy while you travel, which can sometimes be the hardest thing to do especially on vacation!
You may have worked hard to get into shape, and the last thing you want to do is blow it while on vacation. Traveling is rife with unhealthy temptations, but you do not have to give in to them. Keep your weight down and your health up by planning well.
Before you leave for the airport, take time to eat a well-balanced meal. Load up on lean proteins and complex carbohydrates, such as oatmeal, to keep you satisfied for several hours. This will help you resist the temptation for high-calorie foods later. In addition, bring your own healthy snacks for the flight. Almonds are high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Dried fruits can help you satisfy an urge for sweets, without all of the sugar and fat.
Many airports are like miniature cities or shopping malls. They are full of tempting restaurants and places to buy candy and other types of junk food. When you have a layover, avoid settling yourself down at one of these places to eat a high calorie meal. Instead, look for places with light salads on the menu, fresh fruit, healthy smoothies and similar fare. This may mean traveling a ways away from your gate, but the walk will be a good workout.
Picking the right hotel can be the most important part of staying healthy on vacation. After all, it is your home for the time being. Doing a little research can go a long way. In my experience, reviews from other travelers provide the best forms of information. I recently took a trip out west and found a great site that listed hotels in Las Vegas along with all the amenities and offerings. With the help of these great reviews I was able to find a hotel with a list of amenities as well as a gluten-free restaurant in the lobby! As you plan your trip, look for a hotel that has on-site fitness equipment or that is near a park. This makes it easier to get exercise while you are away. Most hotel restaurants offer their menu for viewing online. Check out the menu to see if healthy food choices are offered. Most upscale hotels understand that many travelers want to stay on their diet and fitness program while traveling. These hotels will most likely have healthy options.
At Your Destination:
After you have checked in to your hotel room, seek the nearest supermarket or health food store. Load up on bottled water and healthy snacks to keep in your room. Eat these instead of high-calorie snacks from the mini-bar or the hotel cafe.
You should keep a bottle with you during any sightseeing trips. Drinking plenty of water will help curb your appetite in addition to keeping you hydrated.
Healthiest Menu Items:
Everyone enjoys having nice restaurant meals while on vacation. You do not need to avoid restaurants. You can still eat healthy by following some general rules. Avoid any course that is fried, battered, covered in creamy sauces or other high-calorie sauces or breading. Instead, choose menu items that are labeled heart-healthy, baked, or loaded with vegetables. Baked or grilled fish, especially salmon, with a few side vegetables is one example of a healthy and delicious meal.
You can let yourself enjoy a cocktail or two, but keep in mind the calories these contain. All alcoholic beverages contain calories, but some are higher-calorie than others. Avoid sweet, syrupy cocktails such a daiquiris and pina coladas. Instead, opt for light beer, white wine or simple mixed drinks such as vodka and cranberry juice, vodka and water or scotch on the rocks.
By keeping up your healthy lifestyle, you will have more energy and feel better while you are on vacation and after you come back home. Just plan it ahead to keep on track.