How Registered Dietitians Eat While Traveling
There’s nothing quite like getting a chance to travel, whether it’s for work or for pleasure, sometimes getting out of your daily life’s routine is just what you need. However, if you’re trying to eat healthy, sometimes this can be quite a challenge while out on the road. You typically eat out more often and tend to make less-than-healthy choices while ordering and choosing snacks. The lack of consistency can wreak havoc on your body, and it may take weeks to get yourself feeling back to normal after a trip. Here is some advice from registered dietitians on how to enjoy eating while on your trip without going overboard.
Pack A LOT Of Snacks
Edwina Clark, M.S., R.D. recommends stocking up on non-perishable snacks like protein bars, dried fruits and nuts, and jerky before a trip. She says that being prepared for hunger pangs can save you when you’re on the road. Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N. and founder of BZ Nutrition explained: “By sticking to my plan of eating [a snack] every three to four hours,” she is able to stay on track with her eating plan.
Stop By The Local Grocery Store
If you’re not interested in lugging snacks around with you, once you arrive at your destination, visit a local grocer to stock up on healthy snacks. Amy Gprin, M.S., R.D.N. and owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition recommends: “One of the first things I do when reaching a destination is hit the local grocery store,” pointing out that it is also a great opportunity to get a feel of local cuisine.
Bring Your Own Meal
Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D, C.L.T., and owner of Tasty Balance Nutrition recommends bringing your own food when heading on a long flight. Instead of the questionable plane food, you can bring oatmeal and soup cups along with you. She says: “Just ask flight attendants for some hot water to fill up the cup,” and that way you always know that you have a healthier option.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
The most important meal of the day can help you stay on track while traveling. By filling up first thing in the morning before a big travel day, you can avoid temptations while on the road throughout the rest of the day. A healthy breakfast will also keep you energized and ready to take on the busy day ahead.
Bring A Reusable Water Bottle
Bringing a water bottle along with you is a great way to ensure that you’re staying hydrated while traveling. It also saves you money by avoiding having to buy bottled water, and is also more environmentally conscious. Make sure where you’re traveling to has drinkable tap water or filtered water available that’s safe to drink.
Commit To The Veggies
Make sure that while you’re traveling, you eat enough vegetables. A great way to accomplish this is by committing to eating vegetables with every meal. Choose a veggie side when you can, and try snacking on fresh vegetables in case you do get hungry in between meals.