If you have traveled at some point or another then you know that keeping it healthy during your travels is always a challenge! Whether you are going away on vacation or out of town for work, the excuse to fall off the wagon is almost always, “I’m on vacation” or “I’m working” and it always seems to justify your decision to eat anything but healthy.
Does that sound like you? I know. I’ve been there. When you are out of your element, you find every excuse in the world why not to keep it healthy and find every reason as to why it is OK to splurge and subject yourself to the JUNK foods that pop out at you at every turn. Ahh… the temptations that surround! I am sure there are many who can agree. It is a common practice for most and one that takes control of your life and your health. As long as you let habitual behavior, not in favor of your health, get the best of you, it will always lead you in the opposite direction.
The only way to change, is for you to take control of YOU and your life and make a healthy lifestyle change; not just a dietary or temporary modification.
Here are some ways to keep it healthy while traveling to get you started:
- Pack your own food to go. If you are driving, pack a cooler with water and easy to grab healthy meals or snacks. Fruits and veggies are very easy to pack and require very little preparation. If you are flying, take your fruit and veggies with you! The airlines do not restrict you from taking whole fruits, vegetables, nuts or seeds on board. If cut up, all you need to do is make sure the fruit is wrapped up or in a closed container then pack it up in an earth friendly reusable shopping bag and you are good to go! It doesn’t even count as a carry on and it is free of charge!
- Plan ahead. Look into various health food options such as farmer’s markets, health food stores or health conscious restaurants that are in the area in which you are headed. This way when you reach your destination you know where to go and are ready and prepared for healthful meals and snacks in the upcoming days.
- Plan on rest. If your trip is over the road, first and foremost, be sure you’ve had enough rest to recharge before taking the wheel. Long drives are always tiring making it very easy to dose off. Be sure you have at least one person with you that can help you drive and relieve you every 2-3 hours. This way you both can alternate and give your body the rest it needs to continue on. You never want to reach the point of exhaustion. It is the surest way to set yourself back and throw your system off balance. Not a fun way to start a vacation. If you are flying, take advantage and get some rest. There really isn’t much to do when you are up in the air but wait until it’s time to land; depending on the length of your flight. Use your time wisely and set some time aside to meditate and rest up. It is a great way to reenergize and recharge your system so that you can get the most out of your trip ahead and will do wonders for your body!
- Plan on staying active. Make a list of the different activities you think you would be interested in and explore the various options in the area where you are headed if you haven’t done so already prior to making your vacation plans. Not everyone plans for activities but it is an absolute “must do” if you want to keep it healthy while traveling! Always opt for walking instead of riding the bus if you can or taking the stairs over the elevator every chance you get. There are many ways to stay active for all levels from the novice individual to the most advanced. The key is to keep it moving and keep it healthy!
As Newton’s First Law of Motion states: A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.
I couldn’t agree more.
Whether it is a short trip you are taking or a long one, targeting every possible obstacle ahead of time will ensure you keep your body well fed, active and healthy as best as you can while being away from home. Not having the essential tools, equipment or necessities of home is always a challenge but not one you cannot overcome!
Only you have the ability to take charge of your life, no one else. There is nothing you cannot do as long as you set your mind to it so remove “can’t” from your vocabulary and get used to “can” because you absolutely can.
Making it happen is where it’s at.
What have you done to keep it healthy during your travels? Share your ideas in the comment section below. I would love to hear them!
Smoothie cheers keeping it healthy! Xo