Eating healthy when you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but with a little planning ahead of time, you can keep to your health goals and not be stuck either being hungry or eating bad food because that’s all there is available.
It’s worth taking a little extra effort to eat healthy away from home because you’ll feel better and have more energy.
I probably go to more extremes than most people because I’m gluten intolerant so there are a lot of things I avoid.
Here’s some things I do to stay healthy on the road.
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When I’m away from home for only a few hours, I often take a protein shake, fruit, or nuts, and always take a large bottle of filtered water with me.
If I’m going to be gone from home all day, I usually pack an insulated lunch bag or small cooler with things like veggies, fruit, cold meat, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, jerky, gluten-free crackers, and nuts or pumpkin seeds.
When I go to our lake place for the weekend, I pack a big cooler with all the food we’ll need for the weekend, as the nearby grocery stores don’t have very healthy offerings. We usually eat out once or twice while there, so I allow for that.
Although I love to travel, the thought of being away from the comforts of home for several days makes me a little anxious, especially when it comes to being away from my kitchen.
There aren’t many healthy options if you have to stop somewhere on a long road trip or at airports; that’s why I am in habit of taking healthy snacks with me—in my purse for the journey and also things in my suitcase.
Here’s some Bulletproof® ideas:
To make coffee away from home, I take a travel coffee mug and spoon and I take a shaker mug to make protein shakes.
If I’m staying in a hotel, I try to get a room with a refrigerator or small kitchen, so I can have healthy snacks or even make some of my own meals. I find the nearest grocery store and stock up on things like yogurt, fruit, and cut-up veggies like celery and carrots.
It’s easy to research restaurants with apps like Yelp, where you can read reviews, and many restaurants posts their menus online. However, keep in mind that most restaurants only serve factory-farmed meats and cook with unhealthy vegetable oils, so it’s hard to find what I consider truly healthy meals eating out.
Try these tips:
- Avoid sauces and salad dressings (ask for olive oil and lemons instead). You can also take your own dressing with you.
- Load up on vegetables.
- Ask if they have a gluten-free menu.
- Avoid fried foods and creamy entrees.
- If the only options are things like burgers and sandwiches, take the meat off and eat it without the bread.
- When someone gives you a hard time for not eating bread or dessert, explain that you are eating a certain way for your health and it’s important to you. Tell them the benefits of why you’re eating this way.
- If you’re really going to feel deprived if you don’t have something, just try a bite and savor it. But not if it contains gluten and you’re gluten intolerant or if you’re someone who can’t do that without wanting to eat the whole thing, though.
I hope these tips give you ideas for how to stay healthy while you’re away from home. But don’t let thinking about food ruin your fun on vacation, as part of the experience is sampling the local food and enjoying it.