If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would have seen just before Christmas, Dec and I went on our first holiday in a while over in the U.S. It was so nice to be on holiday and we had an amazing time. One thing I see so many people do when they go on holiday or travel overseas is allow ALL their healthy habits go out the window. So I thought seeing as I have just got back from overseas myself I’d share with you my top tips for staying healthy when on the road.
Find the local health restaurants
Travelling to the U.S so many people tell you how hard it is to find healthy food there. However you just need to know where to look and to be honest I actually didn’t end up struggling over there at all, hello whole foods (my new favourite store ever). I suggest you look up before you go, where the healthy restaurants are so you are prepared. Most big cities these days are onto the healthy living trend and you can be spoilt for choice on organic, vegan or even paleo specialised restaurants. If you can’t find a health specific restaurant then when you order out always try and go for veges and a lean protein of some sort. Avoid carbs such as fries, bread and white rice and swap them out for a healthier alternative like sweet potato, brown rice or quinoa. Ask for no dressing or sauces as generally these are filled with bad oils and sugar. There are healthy options everywhere, you just need to be prepared to look for them.
Keep up your fitness routine
Now I’m not saying go and spend hours at the gym, in fact I don’t promote spending hours at the gym even when at home. But if you can keep up some sort of daily exercise routine when you are away you will feel so much better for it. If the gym isn’t your thing or accessible where you are, then go for a twenty minute run or find a park to do some body weight HIIT training. I’ve even been known to rock out a gym workout in my hotel room when needed too. You can find many quick workout videos on my Facebook that you can do anywhere. Another great way to get some sneaky exercise in is to walk everywhere. Rather than taking cabs explore the city on foot. Not only do you get some exercise in but you get to discover some cool places that you wouldn’t otherwise see if you were in a car.
Don’t eat plane food
I don’t think there can be anything nourishing or healthy for you in plane food. So when I’m about to go on a long flight I make sure I pack plenty of healthy snacks to keep me going the whole plane ride over. Take your protein powder with you and you can get the flight attendant to add water and voila you have a nutritious snack. I also like to carry with me nuts and seeds, vege sticks, some fruit and then pick up a salad of some sort once I’ve cleared customs. Remember to drink plenty of water too as flights can be very dehydrating on the body.
Avoid the buffets if you can
Buffets are just not good news at all when it comes to eating out. So many hotels offer free buffet breakfast with stays and most of the buffets I’ve seen don’t offer too many healthy options at all, besides maybe some rubbery eggs. The problem with buffets is that you generally like to fill your plate up with as much as possible and then go back for seconds. If you do happen to find yourself at a buffet, then fill your plate up with as much healthy stuff you can find first. At breakfast, find the fresh fruit and for lunch and dinner head to the salad bar. If you fill your plate up with the healthy stuff, you’ll be less likely to overindulge on the unhealthy options. Stay away from the desert bar too, there is nothing good for you there, besides maybe some fruit.
Book accommodation with a kitchen
If you don’t want to eat out all the time, then look into accommodation that has self-catering options of a kitchen or kitchenette. That way you can head to the local grocer, pick up some healthy food and prepare it all yourself. When you prepare food yourself you have complete control over what you are eating. You don’t need to cook for yourself the whole holiday but even just having one or two meals a day that is prepared by you gives you a lot more balance.
Don’t forget to have fun
Yes it’s important to stay healthy and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle when travel but also don’t forget to have some fun whilst you are at it. If you allow yourselves some treats then so what, enjoy them and then quickly get back into a healthy routine as soon as you can. Being healthy isn’t just about diet and exercise but it’s also about keeping a healthy mind too, so it’s important to get out there and enjoy yourself as much as possible.
Remember when you are making healthy changes it’s about creating it as a lifestyle you can maintain, so try and stick to your healthy habits when travelling too. For me I don’t even have to think twice about being healthy when I’m away because it’s so much a part of who I am now. Does anyone have any awesome travel plans or holidays this year? I’m already dreaming of my next trip.