Maintaining your nutrition while travelling: Tips for a healthy trip

Travelling can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it can also be a challenge when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. With new and often unhealthy food options, it can be tempting to indulge and abandon your usual healthy eating habits. However, with a little planning and preparation, it’s possible to maintain your nutrition while travelling. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips for staying healthy while on the road.

  1. Plan ahead: Before your trip, take some time to research healthy food options in the area you’ll be visiting. Look for restaurants and cafes that offer healthy options, and plan your meals accordingly. If you’ll be staying in a hotel or vacation rental, consider booking accommodations with a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals.
  2. Pack healthy snacks: Pack healthy snacks, such as fruit, nuts, and granola bars, to have on hand when you’re on the go. This will help you avoid unhealthy vending machine options and fast food restaurants.
  3. Hydrate: Make sure to drink plenty of water while travelling. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other health problems.
  4. Choose wisely when eating out: When eating out, choose wisely. Look for menu items that are grilled, baked, or steamed, and avoid items that are fried or coated in heavy sauces. Also, consider splitting a meal with a friend or taking half of it to go.
  5. Be mindful of portion sizes: Portion sizes can be larger when eating out, so be mindful of how much you’re consuming. Consider ordering an appetizer or side dish as your main meal.
  6. Stay active: Make an effort to stay active while travelling. Take advantage of local recreation opportunities, such as hiking, biking, or swimming. Even a brisk walk around your hotel can help you maintain your health and wellness.
  7. Limit alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are often high in calories and can disrupt your sleep patterns. Consider limiting your alcohol intake while travelling, or opt for lower calorie options like wine or light beer.
  8. Get creative with in-room dining: If you’re staying in a hotel or vacation rental, get creative with in-room dining. You can prepare simple, healthy meals using a microwave, hot plate, or slow cooker.
  9. Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are often high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. Avoid these foods as much as possible, and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead.
  10. Keep it simple: Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best. Try to keep your meals simple and focus on eating nutrient-dense foods, such as leafy greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

In conclusion, maintaining your nutrition while travelling can be a challenge, but with a little planning and preparation, it’s possible to stay healthy and nourished while on the road. By following these tips, you can ensure that your travels are not only enjoyable, but also good for your health.

Ellen Sorlen

Founder and Owner of Nourish with Ellen

I’m Ellen, a fully qualified, insured and registered nutritional therapist with over 200 clinical hours. I strongly believe we need to nourish our bodies to flourish as individuals. Balance and moderation are the keys to a happy and healthy life and this is something I value and make sure are applied to the work I do with my clients.

Nutrition is so much more than just the food we eat, it’s about how we eat, our relationship with food but also with ourselves. It’s about lifestyle choices, mindset and purpose.My mission is to find what works for YOU and your individual circumstances. Get in touch to find out how I can help you take control over your health.

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