Staying Healthy While You Travel

Well, after traveling over 2000 miles in a car with an almost 3-year-old and a 9 month old didn’t drive me as crazy as I thought. They were incredibly good, barely a peep out of them except my 2-year-old is constantly hungary. She is always snacking and her favorite thing to say is “I wanta eat!” So I was armed and ready with fresh and dried fruit, nuts and seeds, banana chips, humus and carrots, and even pretzels. But after a while snacking stops holding over the hunger and you actually want a real meal and of course time out of the car to stretch and gain some sanity. Even I need to eat a salad or sandwich for lunch and I’m a big grazer, but bananas won’t hold me over forever!

What did drive me crazy being away with my family for a week was how hard it is to find a place to eat that offers healthy options and how tough food choices are on the road. Hence I refuse to support fast food chains, except Chick-Fil-a once in a blue moon-we’re talking twice a year tops. (I know my poor kids will be deprived! I figure as they get older-I’m sure they will be eating it more when they’re out with friends, on traveling sports teams, or attend birthday parties.)

After riding in the car for hours and hours, and hearing “Mama, I wannnaa eat” for the fiftieth time we opted to stop at a “Ruby Tuesdays.” They definitely have healthier options! Even after reaching our final destination of “Disney World” I was surprised how hard it was to find healthy choices. We searched half way around one park in search of something other than chicken fingers and burgers. Don’t get me wrong you should be able to eat and enjoy these foods in moderation but I had a hard time understanding why there wasn’t other options on the healthier side especially since most people spend their entire day and multiple days at Disney. It blew my mind that a world set around children and their well-being, including their happiness, growth, and knowledge left little  option of being nutritious.

It definitely proved harder than I thought to eat well while you travel. It’s has to be even harder for people who have health restrictions or dieting. I know I spent money on chocolate chip cookies all three days I was at Disney. Not like me at all, but I was on vacation and they were displayed in almost every cafe and I couldn’t resist them! 🙂 Gota live a little, right?

So, here are my best options for traveling, eating well, and chosing healthier options.

  • Pack snacks, water, and  juices- you’ll be less likely to go for the not-so-good for you snacks.
  • Make lunch and take it with you- sandwiches and salads.
  • Cook where you’re staying.- Save your diet, health, and your wallet.
  • Make smoothies for breakfast-they will actually keep you feeling fuller and you can jump-start your day with all your vitamins and energy packed nutrients. Don’t forget your Vitamix or blender! (I actually lugged my heavy Vitamix with us and it got used multiple times, every day.)
  • Everything in moderation Enjoy the foods you love especially on vacation!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

2 thoughts on “Staying Healthy While You Travel

  1. Ron and I love road trips,we too drove to Florida in May. We have discovered the art of packing good healthy food, makes for such an easier trip. One thing we like to do is get off the main road and buy local fruits and vegetables. Also, eating at small mom and pop restaurants, they will usually cook as ordered (yesterday at Cantlors -fresh grilled Rockfish and asparagus…delicious) but not on menu. Those must do rest stops, opt for ones with bathroom only and have a picnic. Kelly I love your info and spirit…keep going girl!

    • Awww thanks Antie! Can’t go wrong with Cantlors! And we stopped at a few farmers markets too. Got fresh tomatoes and peaches in Georgia. I should have put that in there! And we also did the rest stop picnic deal too! Miss ya! Thanks for the sweet, uplifting words!

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