Traveling Nutrition: Eating Well On the Go
Posted on June 29 2018
The hardest diet to maintain is an on-the-go diet, and for many of us who travel more frequently (for work or pleasure), the constant weight fluctuation around busier times can be ridiculously frustrating.
The good news? Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to eat foods that will leave you feeling depleted and retaining water!
Here are some quick tips to help you stay healthy on the go!
1. Healthy eating starts with where you stop
Stop at a fast food joint, and you're unlikely to eat well. Choose instead to break the trip down at a grocery store - grabbing things like fruits, bagged veggies, nuts, hummus, and proteins. Protip: Keep a small cooler with you so (most) things don't go bad!
2. Eat frequent, small meals
Eating smaller meals on the go will keep you from the sick, heavy lethargy that comes from eating a large meal and sitting all day during travel. Eating small amounts of healthy food throughout the day also sends a signal to your brain that the food supply is plentiful, which triggers a more consistent calorie burn and keeps your metabolism revving.
3. Eat lots of lean protein
Do your best to choose lean, whole foods and proteins. Eating the right amount of complete protein for your weight/activity level stabilizes blood sugar, enhances concentration, and keeps your bodyfat low and your body strong.
4. Pack healthy snacks to avoid skipping meals
Skipped meals when traveling results in a decrease in blood sugar which signals your body to begin slowing your metabolism down to prevent you from starving. Don't eat bad sh*t, but try not to skip meals. Try packing healthy snacks ahead of time like almonds, berries, and hard boiled eggs.
5. Drink lots of water
We all know how long car trips and flights and hotel rooms make us feel - bloated, cranky, and tired. Believe it or not, UNDER drinking water is a huge part of those feelings! Drinking plenty of water will flush your body of toxins, keep your skin fresh, and help you eat less. It will also help you avoid travel lag, symptoms of overexposure to the heat or sun, and junk-food cravings.