5 Healthy Travel Tips

July 22, 2014
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It's not always easy to eat healthy while traveling; however, there are things you can do to feel better while you're on the go. Avoid fatigue and low mood by incorporating the following healthy travel tips into your next vacation or business trip:

  1. Do a Little Research: Use the internet to target a few healthy eating options before leaving town. These might include nearby health or natural foods stores. You can also go online to find restaurants that offer healthy dining options, such as salads, vegetarian dishes, fish, and lean baked meats.
  2. Pack Your Own Snacks: Because they're often in a rush, travelers tend to eat whatever they can get their hands on. Guard against low blood sugar by carrying a pack of seeds, nuts, or dried fruit along with you. This will help you avoid bad choices when you find yourself struggling with hunger pains.
  3. Do Some Quick Shopping When You Arrive: More often than not, travelers eat whatever's most convenient. Avoid late night visits to the hotel vending machine by making a quick trip to a local grocery store. Buy some celery sticks, cucumbers, whole carrots, fresh fruit, hummus, mixed greens, canned beans and other healthy snacks to keep in your hotel refrigerator. Even if you don’t have a refrigerator in your room, you can still keep fresh produce cold and crisp by making an ice bath in your bathroom sink.
  4. Drink Plenty of Water: By making us feel weak and fatigued, dehydration can actually promote sugar cravings. Stay energized by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This is especially important if you're traveling at high elevations.
  5. Dine Intelligently: Restaurant menus are usually full of high-calorie foods. Reduce your cravings by having a salad or low-calorie appetizer before your entrée. Once you've gotten a handle on your low blood sugar, you're far more likely to order a reasonable dish. What's more, even if you do order something you shouldn't, you'll probably eat a much smaller portion.

Keep Your Energy Up
Because it's especially demanding and stressful,  can leave you feeling exhausted. To promote higher levels of energy and better moods, it's important to respect your body by getting plenty of sleep and nutrition. Avoid things that make you feel tired and lethargic, including excessive caffeine, alcohol, salt, sugar, and fast food. You can also promote higher energy levels and a more positive attitude by exercising whenever possible, whether it's taking a leisurely walk around town, or using your hotel's fitness facilities.

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