and Cole Millen, in collaboration with Cathy Ormon
Traveling gives everyone an excuse to break their diet and splurge on foods they wouldn’t typically splurge on. All of a sudden a lobster dinner with dessert seems like a perfectly normal meal. The only problem is that it contains a massive load of fat and cholesterol, and excess sugar. Here are four easy tips for following a healthy dietary lifestyle while traveling:
1. Fly Smart
When you are taking a plane, be sure to scout the airport for fresh foods. Plenty of places offer fruits and salads to choose from. Opt for lean and grilled protein sources whenever possible. Avoid foods that are overly salty, fried and covered in cheese. They will make you feel bloated and uncomfortable throughout the entire plane ride. If you are up for it, do some quick yoga at the airport to get blood flowing. While in the air, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and beverages that can easily dehydrate you.
2. Choose Your Hotel Wisely
Before you embark on a journey, choose your hotel and destination wisely. If you are on business, you may not always be able to choose where you are staying. If you do have a choice, make sure the hotel is equipped with a fitness center, and you might want to enquire if the rooms have small fridges. Check out the surrounding restaurants for healthy dining choices. You may want to see if there are grocery stores nearby so you can buy some healthy food to eat in your hotel room. This saves money and gives you some healthy options. Often times this information can all be hard to come by. I took a trip south to Miami and wanted to make sure that I could keep my beach body in tact while there. I began researching online and found a great site that allowed me to read reviews from other travelers on the Miami hotels as well as the restaurants in the surrounding area and things to do. This made it easier than ever to plan out my vacation to ensure I could maintain my healthy lifestyle while soaking up the sun.
3. Make Better Choices When Dining Out
The key to preparing to eat at restaurants is research. Increasingly, restaurants are offering a variety of options for their customers such as gluten free, low calorie and vegetarian, but this information may be difficult to find. Consider pulling up the restaurant’s menu online and looking for healthy meals that contain the words vegetarian, grilled, fresh or low-calorie. Travelers will want to investigate restaurants before heading out, and choosing your meal before arriving can help you avoid temptations. Also, if your dish is in a huge portion, you don’t have to eat the whole thing! Cut it in half and bring some back to the hotel for later. Remember that it takes a few minutes for your body to recognize that it is full, so if you scarf your food down quickly you will end up paying for it later.
4. Exercise When You Can
There’s a good chance you will be more active than usual while traveling or on vacation. You will be getting in more movement and steps that count towards your daily activity. This is great for those who count their steps. Move as often as you can. Organized exercise may or may not be necessary. You can hit the fitness center at your hotel. You can also find walking / running trails near your hotel to get in a good burst of energetic exercise. When the opportunity arises, carry all of your bags to add extra strength training to your day. Make sure that you hydrate throughout it all. Drinking water is extremely important to ensure that your body is nourished and you aren’t getting dehydrated, particularly if you are in a hot climate.
Following a healthy dietary lifestyle and staying healthy while traveling isn’t always easy. But with a little creativity and a few modifications, you might actually be surprised at how you can adapt your healthy lifestyle while on the go, and the minor changes can actually be fun and relatively simple. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be, and you will enjoy yourself that much more.
Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.