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Staying Healthy While Traveling

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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I’m sitting down writing this with a half-packed suitcase next to me and a million thoughts of last-minute things to do running through my head before I get on a plane tomorrow. I travel fairly often, sometimes for work but mostly for pleasure – weekend trips here and there to visit friends I’ve moved away from or those that just live in different places.

Next to my peeptoe pumps in my suitcase, I plan to nestle a bag of mixed nuts, some almond butter, a few apples, some beef jerky, almond milk and my protein powder. Because, clearly, I am crazypants.  I’m traveling with my husband who is Celiac and other than having to avoid gluten-containing foods for medical reasons, we as a family follow a pretty clean “Paleo” way of eating. This means our food is rich in good fats and proteins, we eat no grains, and very little carbohydrates or processed ingredients. This, as you can imagine, sometimes makes travel a pain in the tookus.  But it doesn’t have to. You and your family can travel AND eat healthy Real Food.

One way obviously is to do what I did – travel with your food (well, some of it anyway). Things that might be hard to find in other places like almond milk or my grassfed whey protein, are small and easy to tote and I can always use them as a meal replacement if I can’t get healthy food at the time I need it. Also, when we travel with the kids, we tend to throw in their specialty gluten-free snacks that are impossible to find if you’re not near a large chain supermarket with a good healthfood selection.

Another thing that can help you stick to a healthy eating plan when traveling is to research the area where you’re going and map out a game plan for which restaurants you want to eat at. Most restaurants have menus online now and it makes your life a little easier to go into a place already knowing what you plan to eat. This way you’re not tempted by the other stuff on the menu or feel stuck in a place where you feel like you can’t order anything.

The other thing I do is choose one meal when away where I will be able to order whatever I want, have dessert, and a few glasses of wine (oh let’s be honest, I have those most nights!). Looking forward to the one meal where I can indulge on my trip makes keeping myself healthy and making good choices worth it the rest of the time. Plus, I don’t know about you but my digestive system tends to get all crazy when traveling and putting good fuel in will definitely help keep your systems functioning at  optimum level without what I like to call “vacation belly.”

When you travel, do you try and stick to a healthy way of eating? How to you accomplish this? Or do you just let your trips be an indulgence?

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

One of the best aspects of travel for us is experiencing new restaurants, so I'm afraid we splurge.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We travel every summer .. go out for 1 meal a day other meals cooked at home ...... so we do not say splurge but often choices to go out unless you want to drive .. which is not feasible to us since 12 of us there.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I will be bringing snacks to Mexico but that will be it. I want to try and eat different foods.....and when we go to CA, I only bring snacks for the plane ride, that's it.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I rarely travel but my husband does for business and he always packs healthy snacks to take with him.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

We usually travel on the road. So I know what are the healthier options when eating at McDonalds or whatever and try to order those. Also we pack some snacks for along the way.

I'm thankful for a hubby that loves me, 4 healthy children, a warm
place to sleep and enough food for our meals... God bless America!

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

no, that pretty much gos out the window LOL. We took our 1st family vacation last summer, ok it was more of a staycation considering it was down state at the beach but we stayed 2 nights so it was a vacation darnit LOL. It was for my sils wedding, so we stayed at the site, it was in the wetlands conservatory, they have a site where you can hold events, they also have some housing you can stay in. My mil paid for our room and since she waited to book them we got stuck with a small twin bed room with no fridge or microwave. we brought snacks but mainly chips and pop tarts and little things like that. Looking back, I could have packed more healthier things.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

it's the same as everyday for us.  

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM
We always splurge on vacations
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

When we travel it is usually a road trip. I always pack lots of fresh fruit and veggies, water. and sandwiches.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

We don't travel often and when we do we usually treat ourselves.

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