How To Eat Healthy While Traveling
Traveling can be stressful. The anxiety of catching the flight. The anxiety of flying on the plane. The anxiety of sticking to nutritional goals. Traveling is also a great experience that allows for experiencing new cultures, new cuisines, and the novelty of finding oneself in new scenarios, situations, and cities.
There is nothing quite like traveling to a new place to have new and eventful experiences. One of the greatest experiences of traveling is devouring the local cuisine. Eating is a joyful experience that travel invites new and adventurous possibilities. The other thing that is great about eating food in new places is the ability to still stick to nutritional goals while consuming the protein, carbs, and fats of the newly experienced land.
Prepare Before Traveling
When getting ready to travel, one of the most important things is preparing the day of exactly what will be eaten arriving at the airport, while flying, and when checking in to the hotel. Planning ahead allows a person traveling to have a sandwich ready to eat on the plane ride, a choice beverage, preferably water, to stay hydrated, and allows the traveler to feel satiated and feel better (not sluggish and bloated).
Try New Things
One of the fun things about traveling is trying new things. Traveling brings people to unfamiliar cities, countries, lands, and territories. The food culture of the region is an awesome feature to experience when traveling. Nutritional adherence can be achieved at the same time. Sampling the local cuisine is fun, enjoyable, and sure does taste well. Go out on the limb and hit those macros with the local cuisine. The experimentation is fun and allows the tastebuds to sample the nutrients of the land. So try new foods, enjoy them, and stay healthy all at the same time.
People will find while traveling that many cultures get really creative with breakfast. The creativity livens up the meal and adds to the adventure of being in a new, unfamiliar place. Embrace the creativity of the culture and eat solid meals that function within one’s nutritional goals. The geriatric version of yourself will thank you for not passing up the experience.
Visit The Street Vendors
A lot of time while traveling, people get caught up with the tourism or the business at hand and end up bypassing lunch. This isn’t ideal, but it happens. At least get a small lunch if possible. One cool thing about grabbing that small lunch, maybe from a street vendor, is the chicken being cooked is local, organic, and quite possibly strutting in the yard right in one’ line of vision from the food vendor. Let’s face it, fresh food from the farm to the table is super tasty and scrumptious.
Delight With Dinner
Though missing lunch may stink at the time, it does enable room for a massive dinner that can work within one’s prescribed macros. The dinner meals a person can find traveling are scrumptious, to say the least. They bring the flavor. Sometimes the meal may not be the “healthiest” but the ride to deliciousness makes it feel worth it. The eating of other culture’s foods allows the eater to discover new flavors, unfamiliar ways of flavoring foods and tricks a person can bring back home to utilize in cooking meals locally for friends and family.
To eat well when traveling all over the place, the best thing that can be done is to first prepare, second try other countries’ foods, and three, pack decent supplements (and try the local culture’s food again and again). And always know, when returning home, you get to eat that familiar, back home food when all is said and done.
Dane Miller is the owner and founder of Garage Strength Sports Performance. He works with a select handful of clients on building comprehensive programs for fitness and nutrition. Several times a year he leads a workshop for coaches, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts.