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Published on September 16, 2016

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Eat Healthy While Traveling

Travel FoodEating healthy while traveling can be tough. Traveling throws a person off their normal routine and creates unique challenges for the health-conscious tourist. New places bring new adventures and the temptations of new and delicious food. Before you find yourself over-indulging, here are a few tips to enjoy your travels and still keep in control.

  • Drink plenty of water. You’re probably spending more time in the sun and possibly walking more than normal. Be sure to drink plenty of water to fight off dehydration and fatigue, especially if you are traveling in warm locales or at altitude. You’ve heard that adage that says, “You’re not hungry, you’re thirsty.” Keep well-hydrated to know the difference.
  • Plan ahead. Enjoying a new city should include soaking up the local culture. Spend a little time finding local restaurants that are unique or famous in the area. Make a sport of it. Plan ahead to find the hidden gems where locals hang out and eat good food. Not planning ahead can lead to bad food choices and undermine the good eating habits you took so long to create.
  • Plan to cheat (a little). If you must indulge, try to limit the bad choices to one meal a day or even one meal every few days.
  • Be prepared. Carry healthy snacks with you. If you’re pretty active, your body may need fuel every few hours. If you already have a healthy snack handy, you’re more likely to eat that rather than something unhealthy. Examples of good snacks are fruits, veggies, nuts, jerky and trail mix.

As Danielle Halewijn, the clinical nutrition manager at PIH Health said, “With a little planning and preparation, you can still eat healthy no matter where you are or what you’re doing.”

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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