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On the Road Again: Eating Healthy While Traveling

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I am writing this post on a plane to Las Vegas for a speaking engagement.  While healthy eating begins at home, being on the road is not excuse for letting it slip.  As a busy professional myself, I know how hard it is to eat healthy while traveling. A busy lifestyle where you are constantly on the go means less time to shop for and prepare your own meals, and more dining out.  Plan ahead so that you can enjoy your trip without packing on the pounds!

My number one rule when I travel:  No chain restaurants when I get to my destination.  I will not eat at TGI Friday’s or the Cheesecake Factory in a city I am traveling to.  I want new, interesting, local flavor, locally owned places.  You can do the same.  Search for unique restaurants that tell a story—and, most likely, are healthier than the chains.

Right now in my travel bag:

  • KIND Bars (one Apple Cinnamon Pecan and a Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew)
  • SOYJOY Bars (one banana and one blueberry)
  • Almond tin with 22 almonds (150 calories)
  • Bag of fresh Cherries
  • Three squares of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate
  • A few wedges of Laughing Cow cheese
  • A banana

Don’t worry—I am not going to eat them all at once.  I eat them as I want them.  Some are for snacks on the plane, some for a snack before my workout tomorrow, and the chocolate is for bedtime snacks.

Tips for traveling “lightly":

  • Split meals with friends and family
  • Fill up on vegetables
  • Take half of the meal home with you
  • Get a take home box right away. Even if you don’t plan on taking it with you, pack half of your plate up and put it aside so you aren’t tempted to eat it all. 
  • Choose healthier meal options (whole grains, lean meats, foods that are roasted, steamed, etc.)
  • Drink only 1-2 alcoholic beverages.
  • Enjoy yourself!

Make sure you also exercise! Find a gym and workout classes, or take part in outdoor activities that will allow for some physical activity. Try trail hikes, swimming, volleyball, tennis, cycling, skiing, running and more. Whether your vacation is for pleasure or business, there are always opportunities to exercise.

Safe travels!

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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