Posted By admin on May 14, 2013
Please welcome guest blogger Cole Millen with some tips to keep it healthy while traveling. Although personally I am an avid Blood Type Dieter, Cole has some great suggestions for staying fit while on the road.
And now, here's Cole!
Many times, travelers who are flying on planes or taking long road trips will not have access to healthy foods. This can lead to junk food binges or visiting convenience stores for unhealthy snacks. A bit of planning can help prevent these kinds of temptations. You can pack some snacks in advance. Good choices are fruit, nuts, granola bars, and trail mix. These will help you feel full until your next meal and will not ruin your plans to eat healthy.
When you are planning your vacation, do not forget to bring along any multivitamins or nutritional supplements you are currently taking. This ensures that you keep your dietary routine even when you are away from home. This also makes it easier to resume when you come back from your trip. Also make sure to pack along some healthy snacks that will keep you from eating impulsive meals that are loaded with fat and calories.
Before you leave on your trip, do some planning. Try to book hotels that offer healthy choices on their menu, gyms, and exercise options. Some hotels have jogging and biking trails nearby that you can take advantage of. This is an aspect that is often overlooked by travelers that ultimately pay the biggest price, an increased waistline. I have found that a little due diligence goes a long way in this aspect. Recently, on a trip to Sin City I was able to find a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding the different services and amenities as well as the restaurants in the nearby area. This made it easier than ever to plan out my stay to cater to my healthy lifestyle.
When eating out on your vacation, think about what you are ordering. Opt for leaner cuts of meat than you might otherwise choose. Avoid steaks, pork, and chicken with the fat on. Instead, try lean meats like skinless chicken, turkey, and fish. Most fish also has needed omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and brain health. Just be sure that the fish is not fried or smothered in a fattening sauce.
Another thing to avoid with your vacation meals is food heavy with carbohydrates. Carbs like white bread, pasta, and pastries are notorious for packing on the pounds. They also give you quick energy, but you will crash later. The sudden blood sugar spikes they provide also increase your risk of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Instead of white bread, choose meals that have whole grains. Many people are unaware that white bread is very unhealthy because the outer shell of the grain has been stripped away. This deprives the finished product of its fiber. Fiber is important because it makes you feel full for a longer time, preventing blood sugar spikes and providing bulk to your digestion.
Keeping an eye on your portion sizes during your vacation meals is another way to eat healthy when traveling. In the past, parents told their children, "Eat everything on your plate." Well, this turned out to be bad advice. And if you follow this advice when eating out, it can be bad for your health. This is because many restaurants offer huge portions.
Just because it happens to be on your plate does not mean you have to eat it. Eat healthy portions and box the rest for a later meal. You can often make two or more meals out of one restaurant-sized meal.
When you return from your trip, be sure to weigh yourself. This will let you know if you have, in spite of your precautions, put on a pound or two. Then hit the gym.