TOP 10 TIPS FOR TRAVEL NUTRITION
Nutrition is very important. It assists with physical endurance, contributes to your overall appearance and affects your mood. It can seem difficult to keep yourself nourished while traveling, but with these simple tips I kept myself going all day long!
- Instead of eating out, cook at home. This helps keep your food bill down and you have more control over the ingredients.
- Buy eggs, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and broccoli and sautée for a healthy and cheap meal. Makes a great breakfast. Pair with an orange.
- Carry a ziploc bag of spices with you to season your veggies so you don’t have to buy the big bulky seasonings and don’t have bland home made food. I always carried a bag of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Only eat when you’re hungry. Do not eat when you’re not hungry. Do not starve yourself.
- Sensible portions. Eat light. Eat slowly.
- I ate tacos al pastor (pork tacos) all over Mexico that I would buy from local food stands. They were small and 0.50$ USD each. I’d buy 4 at a time and fill up on them for $2. They came with a tortilla, lime juice, pork, cilantro and sometimes pineapple. Carry an avocado to cut up and pair with the tacos if you’re in Mexico. I would also buy chicken vegetable soup for lunch. Be smart about what you order when you’re out to eat.
- For dinner, after a long hard day of traveling and walking for miles and miles, or swimming, or hiking, you’re going to want to replenish yourself. It’s okay to go to a restaurant and sit down and order a nice meal, but order one plate of food, and make it a healthy combo. Some type of lean meat and veggies is perfect. I never ordered more than one plate of food at a sit-down restaurant, and I never ordered any drinks. Always water with one entree, and that worked out very well for me. No appetizers or desserts at restaurants. They’re not nutritious and take away from your travel budget.
- For dessert, a couple bites of dark chocolate or a piece of fruit, or both. No processed sugar, no ice cream. You buy the dark chocolate from the grocery store and carry it with you, or wait until you get home and have a bite of dark chocolate or a piece of fruit.
- Don’t eat junk food. It’s tempting, but in the long run it’s really not worth it. Save your money and spend it on your adventures and your health. Your body will last longer if you are good to it, and even little things count. Trust me.
- If you’re going to snack, and I did it all the time, because if you’re exercising all day you need more than 3 meals, then snack on nuts, seeds and dried fruit such as raisins. Bananas are good too. Buy healthy trailmix (no added sugar or preservatives) from the grocery store and carry it with you. Break up some dark chocolate and add it to the mix. It’s delicious and you won’t want to tempt yourself with junk food in a pinch.
CHEERS TO GOOD HEALTH AND VITALITY!