Greetings from sunny (and HOT) Orlando!

 I’m on travel for my 9-5 this week, but I couldn’t leave my 4 subscribers high and dry for a whole week without a post (thanks for the support guys!). This week’s topic is hitting home for me for two reasons: I’m trying to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle and I’m on travel. 

When we travel, whether for a business trip or for a much-needed vacation, it’s easy to forget those goals of healthy eating or that fitness regimen that we stick to when we are at home.  And worse, when our vacation or business trip is over, we don’t always go back to our old healthy habits.

 For me, the hardest part is maintaining good eating habits, especially when travelling for business. There are temptations everywhere – airports, hotels, and let’s not forget the all-important receptions and dinners that keep you eating and drinking late into the night.  Here are some tips I found that will help you (and me!) stay on track while travelling:

  • Remember that your body needs three meals a day.  It’s easy to skip meals when our normal routine is disrupted by travel. Getting a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner is important to keeping your body fit and on a schedule.  Most hotels have coffee pots inside the room, which can be used to heat water for oatmeal or hot cereal.
  • Pack a few healthy snacks for those instances where no food is available or you aren’t able to find a healthy option.  Items such as low-fat energy bars, granola bars, sliced fruits and veggies, and nuts are good to have handy when you get that urge for something sweet or salty in the middle of the day. If you can’t pack healthy snacks in your bag, you can head to the nearest drug store and stock up for your stay.
  • Drinking plenty of water is key in maintaining a nutritious diet.  Carry a bottle with you and be sure to stay hydrated, especially if you are travelling to warmer climates. Water curbs cravings for food when the body really wants water.  Again, hitting the local convenience store for a six-pack of water will save you a lot of time and money.
  • If you have to eat out, research the restaurants in the vicinity of your hotel and choose one that fits your dietary needs.  A number of restaurants offer healthy options for diners now, which can help you stay on track.  If these options aren’t available, eat a smaller portion of what is available.  If you plan to consume alcohol while travelling, stick to wine, which is less fattening that beer or mixed drinks. But don’t overdo it!
  • Keep yourself busy to avoid excess snacking. A lot of overeating is simply “nervous eating,” done to keep the hands and mind occupied.  If you have the urge, try chewing sugar-free gum.

 Another thing we leave at home when travelling is an exercise regimen.  We sleep late, we relax by the pool, but exercise is never at the top of the list.  Here are some tips on how to keep active while away from home:

  • Take walks while you are in the airport, instead of sitting at the terminal gate waiting for your flight to depart. If you have a long layover, this is a great way to pass the time and burn calories.
  • Choose a hotel that has a fitness center so that you can maintain your fitness regimen.
  • If your hotel doesn’t have a fitness center, walk around the building or in the area near the hotel.  You never know what you may find – a quaint coffeehouse, a wine bar, a wonderful bistro. So lace up your sneakers and get moving!
  • Many destinations allow you to rent bicycles to explore the city. This is a great way to get good exercise and see the sights.
  • Find out if your gym has a location in the city where you are travelling, and stop by for a workout.
  • Wake up early and do some stretching or aerobics in your room.  You’ll be energized to start the day and you don’t have to worry about trying to beat other travelers to the lone Stairmaster in the hotel fitness center.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while travelling can be difficult, with junk food, fast food, and other temptations offering convenience and enabling us to lose track of our goals.  But with a little preparation and planning, we can stick to our plan and still have a little fun.

Happy Healthy Eating!

The Fab Foodie