5 Ways To Eat Healthy While Traveling
As many of you know, over the weekend I came home from a two week trip in India where I was shopping for my wedding clothes and jewelry. It felt great to come back home and know that I had maintained my weight during my trip, even though I ate out for a lot of meals, and had very little control over what I was eating in general. There are a few simple rules I set for myself when I travel to ensure that I am sticking to a healthy eating plan, and not reversing all of the hard work I've been doing over the past few months. Check out my tips below to stick to a healthy eating plan while traveling.
Limit Portion Sizes
When I'm at home, I try to cook without oil whenever possible, and to keep added fats to a minimum. If I do eat fat in my diet, I like to get it from natural fat sources like avocado, seeds, and coconut, rather than processed fats like oil. Since I have to eat out a lot when I travel, I try to eat smaller portions than normal, that way I can keep my fat intake down.
Stay Away From Heavy Sauces And Rich Dishes
Lucky for me, I am traveling through parts of India where vegetable dishes are prominent, but I still try to stay away from anything that comes in a heavy or creamy sauce, which usually just means extra calories and fat. I like to eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible, and keep saucy dishes to a minimum. I stuck to ordering simple vegetable dishes with a side of rice, which is most similar to how I eat back home.
Pack Lots Of Healthy Snacks
Sometimes eating healthy is just not an option, so I like to pack healthy, non-perishable snacks to hold me over until I can get something that fits into my diet. I like to bring Larabars with me, which are plant-based snack bars, made with natural ingredients. Most of the bars contain as little as 3-4 ingredients, all of which are super healthy! I also like to bring sturdy fruits with me, such as apples, that I can keep in my bag for whenever I get hungry. In India, there are many fruit stands on the sides of the roads, so I was able to stop by and grab some fresh fruit to snack on when I was out shopping or sightseeing.
Fill Up On Healthy Carbs And Produce
While in India, I am trying to get a large portion of my calories from healthy starches and carbs like potatoes and rice, along with lots of produce. When I base the majority of my meals around these simple items, I am able to cut down my total calorie intake significantly, while still feeling full and satisfied.
Check Online Menu Ahead Of Time When Possible
It's always good to go into a meal with a game plan, so when possible, it's nice to be able to check the menu of the restaurant you're going to so you are prepared for your order. Also, don't be shy to ask for healthier substitutes, like no oil, baked instead of fried, and lemon wedges instead of heavy dressing for a salad. During my trip, I ordered all of my dishes with little to no oil and most of the time this was no problem for the kitchen.
How do you stay healthy when you are traveling? Do you have any tips for eating diet friendly food while on vacation? Share with me in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!