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8 great tips to avoid eating problems when traveling

One of the best parts of traveling is trying and savoring all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving around the state or flying around the world. And it’s certainly fun to loosen up a bit and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat for a week at home – that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had too much to drink for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, the dehydration, the headaches or hangover, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with dietary restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that’s good for you, too!

The good news is, it’s easier than ever to choose the types of foods that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re out of your regular routine. Here are some simple ways to eat well while enjoying the highlights of your trip:

  1. Plan ahead. Often when we travel, we get out of the routine and do not eat at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

    Contrary to the popular myth that you should stop eating to “save room” for a large meal, going long periods without eating actually slows down your metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-famines” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep your blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensation with fried or high-sugar foods), try to eat a little every two hours while in transit and while away from home, in the form of nutrient-dense, lean protein-rich foods. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), vegetables and hummus, or natural fruit and nut bars.

    If you know where you are staying, look for restaurants in your hotel area. Check with your hotel or resort to review the menus and see what is available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And take a look at these smartphone apps that can help you find gluten-free and allergen-free options on the go.

  2. Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local cooperative, can be your best ally while traveling. You will have easy and inexpensive access to fresh produce and healthy bulk snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. In addition, many cooperatives also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads or wraps to take with you during the day.

  3. Your mother was right: take your vegetables and take your vitamins. While traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens, especially on airplanes and other forms of public transportation. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multivitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t access fresh vegetables, consider buying some powdered vegetables that you can easily bring and mix in a glass of water or a morning smoothie.

  4. Speaking of morning smoothies … if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily fruit and veggie intake, you might even consider taking a travel blender with you. This may seem extreme to some, but consider this: Most of them are under $ 20, easily fit in a suitcase or in the back of the car, and can be the ideal way to quickly whip up a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. that will keep you going all morning.

  5. Drink a lot more water than you normally drink. Airplanes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking all day wastes energy and dehydrates. People often drink alcohol or soda with meals, which also dehydrate them. Drinking more than the usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and help flush out toxins.

  6. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you drinks. This can be challenging, especially on business trips, where drinking is a family pastime. But in addition to making dehydration and jet lag worse, drinking more than two drinks leads to a more unhealthy diet. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men ingested an additional 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they had more than two drinks.)

  7. Try to rest your eight hours of beauty. Easier said than done, I know! But a decent rest helps stabilize your metabolism, reset your adrenal system, and boost your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make any other choice you face on your vacation that much easier.

  8. Try the “one and go” rule. Allow yourself to snack and enjoy it, just leave it once a day. Get that beautiful piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of French fries. Order what’s happily buttered and love every bite. And then finish off the less-than-healthy food for that day. There is always more.

Regardless of how you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we’d love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can provide you with insider information on transportation, accommodation, entertainment, and much more.

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