HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS Memorial Day is just around the corner. That means summertime, which also means many of you will be taking one or more trips in the upcoming weeks and months. Such an enjoyable time to look forward to. Now you can maintain a health consciousness while still thoroughly enjoying your upcoming vacation. Here are some tips:
1. Buy and package snacks to eat during your trip – Try gnu or protein bars (eating 1/2 bar often satisfies desire) prepackaged healthy snacks – I like the nut and seed mixes by Eden Organics pack raw almonds in little baggies eat flax seeds – they’re great source of Omega 3 and very chewy
2. For flight: Call airline in advance and order special meal (fresh fruit, low fat or vegetarian etc) Opt for a grilled chicken on greens salad instead of airplane food – these are often avail at airport prepackaged Pack the snacks listed above as well as bananas, apples, carrots/celery Once through security, buy bottled water If flying first class, try saying “no thank you” when the flight attendant asks to refill your cup of roasted/salted nuts or if you’d like a hot fudge sundae
3. Local Cuisine: Do a little research on the local cuisine of your destination prior to your trip…while most places offer so much choice, it’s great to orient yourself and learn what type of cooking the region is known for-what’s healthy and not-so. Most places near the sea or ocean should have delicious fresh fish – enjoy it plentifully, grilled, broiled or baked. Breakfast is often “continental style” in Western Europe…carb haven….be mindful…..enjoy fresh fruit and order eggs when available Think about passing on the rolls/butter that are often placed on the tables in restaurants…save those carbs for delicious pastry you might want to try. Potatoes, rather than vegetables, may accompany most main meals……rather than being tempted by these, try to order sides of vegetables or a delicious salad to start.
4. Eat ½ portion of really indulgent foods…you wont feel deprived but also won’t go overboard!
5. Find a market or grocery and stock up on fresh fruits/veggies and large bottles of water to keep in your hotel room
6. The mini-bar....best choice is to leave the mini-bar key with the front desk…unlikely you’ll get up in the middle of the night to retrieve for a midnight snack! Otherwise, you can take tempting items out of mini-bar (replace prior to check-out so you won’t be charged) and fill with your favorite healthy snacks and beverages, including low fat yogurts and other items that might need refrigeration.
7. Walk everywhere you can Most of all,,,,have an absolutely FABULOUS trip.
by: Tricia Frankel CHHC, RUT Healthy Living Now Wellness thru Nutrition & Yoga www.healthyliving-now.com firstname.lastname@example.org 917.853.2342