Travel Health – Eating Right When on the Road

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The time spent on air or on the road traveling often disrupts healthy routines. This sometimes makes it tough to maintain a good diet. There are instances when you end up eating high-calorie and sugary foods to fill the hunger or to get the energy needed to cope with fatigue. Sticking to a nutrient-rich and balanced diet when traveling may seem challenging at the onset. But it is one of the best practices you may want to keep if you want to take better care of your health when on the road. Here are some of the many ways to eat right on your travels.

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Bring what you can – If you are like Anthony Bourdain, you may not be a huge fan of airplane food. In fact, you probably want to avoid it as much as possible. Airplane food is not exactly high on the list of the healthiest meals out there. But without much choice on the matter, most people eat it to alleviate the hunger, especially during long-haul flights. Still, it is not like you have no other choice on the matter. Sometimes you just have to go the extra mile to prepare for the trip so you can fuel your body with the right food. One of the best things you can do is to bring whatever food you can that will be allowed on the plane. Pack just enough to sustain you during the wait at the airport, during the flight, or on layovers.

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Plan road trip stops
– If you are on a road trip, it helps to plan your stops well ahead of time. This can help you avoid unscheduled stops that may lure you to indulge on unnecessary meals or snacks. Check restaurant options on stop points along your route. This should give you a fairly good idea of what options are available to you when you stop for lunch, dinner, or coffee.

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Go for the healthier choices – You do not have to skip a meal just to avoid eating at fast food restaurants. You can always go for the healthier choices on the menu. Or you can make special requests to suit your preferences. Study the menu carefully. Take the time to check the descriptions and see which ones are the better options for you. Pass up on sodas or sweet beverages. Instead, just ask for water. If you are eating salads, choose oriental dressings. If you are ordering a burger, you may want to skip the fries.