8 Tips to Keep to Your Diet While You Travel
What do busy airports, hectic itineraries, altered sleep schedules, and being away from your normal routine have in common? They all make it challenging to stick to the same healthy meal plan you’re used to following at home. To prevent your hard work from going to waste, our experts have put together eight tips to keep you on track on your next trip.
Tip #1 – Take a journal
It’s small and takes up little room in luggage, yet it can have a major impact on helping you stick to your healthy meal plan while traveling. Journaling promotes mindfulness, keeps you accountable while traveling, and provides motivation to stay on track. People who use a diet journal not only lose more weight, but they’re more likely to stick to their diet plan, even while away from home.
Tip #2 – Meal plan ahead
Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, creating a meal strategy can make all the difference when it comes to sticking to your diet. Consider whether you’re staying in a resort, small hotel, or vacation rental and what food sources you’ll have available, then create a practical meal strategy.
Tip #3 – Stop by a local market
Research the area you plan to visit while traveling and make a note of where the local markets are located. Plan to visit the market to pick up some easy-to-store fresh foods to make for your meals. Having a quick-to-prepare meal plan ready ahead of time will make it easy to grab the things you need to make nutritious meals.
Tip #4 – Pick up collapsible containers
Carrying around and storing a bunch of food containers can turn into a real hassle while traveling. To make it a breeze, pick up a few collapsible containers to take on your trip. They don’t take up much room in luggage, bags, or purses since they collapse to the fraction of their original size when not in use.
Tip #5 – Focus on grab-and-go foods
Many aspects of travel limit extensive cooking and food preparation. It’s best to plan your travel menu around quick-to-prepare, grab-and-go foods. Salads are your best friend when traveling. As an example, you can whip up tuna on a bed of spinach and have it ready to go in a collapsible container in no time.
Here are some more ideas on grab-and-go foods:
• Mixed greens
• Boiled eggs
• Canned sardines
• Canned tuna
• Nuts and seeds
• Sliced vegetables
• Grilled chicken
• Low-fat string cheese
• Oatmeal packets
• Protein bars
• Sliced fruit
Packing these healthy snacks makes for a quick, guilt-free snack or meal that also doesn’t break the bank while you travel.
Tip #6 – Book a room with a kitchenette
Reserving a room with a kitchenette should be a top priority. This gives you more control of the foods you eat and allows you to prepare healthy on-the-go meals while away. If a kitchenette isn’t possible, request a mini-fridge to store healthy snacks.
Tip #7 - Meal prep early in your stay
Make time to meal prep early in your stay. If you’re tight on time, you can take some time to do this before going to bed. Since you’ll already have a quick-to-prepare menu and food items ready, it shouldn’t take long to make a few days’ worth of healthy meals.
Tip #8 – Order smart
Preparing some of your meals on your trip will make it much easier to stay on your meal plan; however, it’s often impossible to prepare every meal for your stay. For instance, places like theme parks and other areas you visit might not allow outside food. Plus, you may have plans with friends, co-workers, or family to dine out during your trip.
When this circumstance comes up, here are some smart ways to ensure that you don’t stray from your diet:
• Visit sit down restaurants – Skip fast food altogether during your trip and opt for sit down restaurants. They offer a wider selection of food and are more likely to have healthier items on their menu.
• Share dessert with others – Dividing one serving amongst two or three people is not only more affordable, but it helps you stick to healthier eating habits.
• Control portions – Even it’s your main meal, stick to the portion size your normally eat at home on your diet.
• Go naked – Skip the sauces and go for vegetables and lean grilled or broiled meats, fish, or other protein.
If you need an effective weight loss plan and nutritional counseling, contact Paragon Physical Medicine. We’re near you in Wooster, Ohio. Call our office and speak with our friendly staff or book your appointment online.