How Can I Stay On My Diet When I Travel?
Traveling often goes hand in hand with eating, and that eating often isn't healthy. Being on the road doesn't always lend itself to healthy choices, and staying away from home presents challenges as well, whether it be restaurant food or eating at a family member's home. So how do you do it?
Planning is the key. If you know you are going to be traveling, you need to pack your own snacks. You can do this for road trips, flights and more. Here are some ideas:
If you are heading out for a long road trip, pack foods that will keep well (with minimal mess) and that will fill you up. Some good ideas are:
- Nuts and seeds. These are easy, don't need refrigeration and will help fill you up and keep you energized.
- Fruit. Apples and bananas make good choices. You can also go with dried fruit, but be aware that many dried fruits have a high sugar content.
- Jerky. Go with a low-sodium brand. There are some great natural jerky brands out there; choose carefully.
If you’re flying, pack nuts, seeds and other compact non-perishables. Granola or energy bars are fine, but you have to read labels. Most are high in sugar, carbs and additives. Don't be mislead by "low-calorie" or "low-fat."
How Can I Follow My Diet At Restaurants?
Eating healthy at restaurants is possible. Most places these days offer healthier menu items. If you are out of the country, you will most likely still find healthy foods. Think lean meats, fresh, local vegetables and fish, beans and rice. Avoid bread, refined grains and heavy sauces.
If you are struggling to maintain a diet and exercise program, consider a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts has been helping people just like you for years and can create a customized workout and nutrition plan based on your personal fitness goals, current fitness level and lifestyle. Find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.