A month ago I went on a business trip. And just like everyone else, I really struggled with eating healthy while traveling.
Traveling, whether it’s for business or for fun, literally takes us out of our daily routine. We are outside of our everyday normal. That’s what makes traveling FUN! Doing and seeing different things that we don’t do every day!!
But it’s those different things that really mess with our bodies. I have no problem sleeping in a different bed, but I do have a problem with being outside of my normal eating habits. Which can be a real problem because I like to eat different dishes and try new cuisines when I’m someplace new.
How many times have you been on a business trip and just been too busy to have a proper lunch? Or could not decide with ‘healthy’ dish to enjoy? With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it is important to follow these essential guidelines to proper nutrition and good eating habits on the road.
8 Tips For Eating Healthy While Traveling
- When selecting meat, look for dishes with poultry, dry beans and milk, or milk products. Make choices that are lean and low-fat.
- Eating the right food means consuming a good amount of fruits and vegetables. Select from all five vegetable subgroups several times a week. Eat a wide variety of colors. Go for dark green, red, blue or purple, orange fruits and vegetables; find legumes, starchy vegetables and other vegetables.
- Consume three or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products per day. In general, at least half the grains should come from whole grains.
- As part of your good eating habits during your travels, have three cups per day of low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.
- Get less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids and less than 300 mg/day of cholesterol. And keep trans-fatty acid consumption as low as possible – or better yet, completely avoid trans-fats.
- Keep total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories.
- For those long trips, choose beverages with little added sugars or caloric sweeteners.
- Most importantly, eating the right food on the road should not jeopardize your safety or that of other drives. Do not drive and eat at the same time. You lose track of the type and quantities of food you are consuming as well as distracting you from your driving.
Remember that proper nutrition can make the difference between feeling great and feeling just okay—especially when traveling. Proper nutrition is easy to maintain, even on the road.
Before you travel, have a plan. Think about where you will be and what healthy alternatives will be available. Make a list of the types of foods you want to avoid and those you need to eat. Having a plan, even a mental checklist, will help you tremendously with eating healthy while traveling.
More Helpful Tips?
Do you have any healthy eating travel tips you’d like to share? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. OR you can include you tips in the comment section below!
And don’t forget, when you get back home and you aren’t sure of what you are doing in the kitchen but want to eat healthy, you can sign up for my FREE Cooking Basics how-to-tips! You’ll get an email every week for an entire year. That’s 52 helpful kitchen tips! Everything from how to make the perfect fried egg to different ways to prepare vegetables and how to freeze those fruits & veggies you find at the market 🙂
Enjoy and Be Healthy!