How to stay on track while Traveling
It is almost holidays season, after a long year everyone is looking forward to take a break and enjoy the festive season and a few days off from work traveling.
Holidays are a time to relax and enjoy yourself and try different food. However, it doesn’t mean that you should forget all the good habits you’ve learned and all the hard work during the entire year getting into shape. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track while on holidays:
1-Prepare ahead. We all no it is hard to find good options at the airports; convenience stores or restaurants on the road. Until you are situated at your holiday destination and go for grocery shopping make sure that you have nutritious, non-perishable snacks with you. It will eliminate the fear of hunger and the temptation of having high calorie foods such as fast foods, low fibre and high sugar and sodium content snacks. Pack up:
-Nuts, healthy trail mix (seeds, dried fruits, nuts, coconut flakes).
-Single serve protein powder sachet. I personally love the Nutra Organics Range
-Homemade protein balls or Bliss Balls made with natural ingredients. SuperOrbs are my newest addiction. Also love the quality from Axios Foods; Blue Dinosaur, Pura Bon, Sneaky Wholefoods, Peak Chocolate, Sneaky Wholefoods, BSKT.
2- Stay Hydrated. It is essential to ensure that you are drinking enough waterDrink extra water during the flight to stay hydrated, and also while you’re out exploring in.
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, confused as hunger and make it harder to acclimate to jet lag.
Drinks such as coconut water, green juices and kombucha are also a great way to stay hydrated by replacing electrolytes.
3-Healthier choices as a general rule. Try to minimise processed foods and keep the majority of your meals well balanced, including nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein and quality grains.
4-Bring your sneakers and explore your new surrounding with a walk, go for a run or have fun renting a bike for a day it is a great way to do sightseeing and also staying active.
5-Keep your fibre intake up. Make sure you eat high-fibre foods such as salads, vegetables, fruits, grains and seeds. It will help your to feel satiated for longer and to keep your bowel movement regular.
I always carry with me a pack of mixed seeds such as chia, linseeds, sesames and pepitas to sprinkle on my meals.
6-If your are staying in self contained apartment or camping, aim to cook at least one meal per day. By doing that you can balance your nutritional intake not to mention it is a great way of saving money.
7-Not everything we eat has to be nutritionally on point. It’s is important to enjoy and try local food and without feelings of guilt or regrets.
Restaurant meals are typically larger than normal. If you aim to have a desert or enjoy a cocktail with your food I suggest you to share a main with a travel buddy to avoid over-eating.
Avoid the all-you-can-eat buffets when possible. Buffet’s encourage over-eating because they provide such a huge variety of foods and allow you to go back for “seconds” servings.
8-Be adventurous, explore the local markets and try fresh, local food. Enjoy the opportunity to stock up on snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetables.
9-It is not holidays without Cocktails.
It is natural when you are on holiday mode that enjoy cocktails. Be conscious of your alcohol consumption, avoid the cocktails which are often filled with soft drinks, syrups and sweeteners that will not only add unnecessary calories/carbs but also probably give you a headache or stomach ache to boot. Also, too many can lower inhibitions which can also lead to making extremely poor food choices.
What I always recommend to my clients as a motto to stay confident and motivated is to look up healthy restaurants, food stores, food markets and different activities to include into your schedule.
Take the time to enjoy it. Eat good food, and relax with friends and family. If you happen to eat a chewy brownie with vanilla ice cream – enjoy every bite and move on! Just because you had one indulgence doesn’t mean it will blow away all your results.