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5 Rules for Eating Healthy While Traveling

  • Meal Planning

I don't necessarily love to travel, but with many of my family members and friends in New Jersey (I live in South Carolina), traveling has become a pretty regular part of my family's schedule.

Everyone always asks me...

"Isabel, how do you keep up with this way of healthy eating while you’re on the road?"

The very simple answer is PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING...but then again, that's the answer to eating healthy even when you're not traveling.

If you're going on the once-a-year family vacation or the occasional long-weekend trip to a new destination, it really is OK to ease up on your healthy eating plan. 

Plus, it's easy to get back on track after the holidays (or a big family vacation) with Beyond Diet's 7 days of accelerated weight loss meal plans.

But for those of you who travel quite often, it's important to know exactly how to maintain a healthy eating plan for weight loss while on the road.

For me, I feel so much better when I continue to fuel my body with nutritious foods, even when I'm away from home. And no, it doesn't have to be "perfect" (and you don't need to be perfect either!) but my travels are so much more enjoyable when I'm feeling energized and healthy the whole time.

Below is the travel packing strategy I have used and refined pretty successfully over the past few years. It works for airports, car travel, staying on track during the holidays, and even just being away from the house for the day (like going to work all day long!).

Isabel's Healthy Travel Eating Tips:

1. Invest in a travel cooler bag (or 10).

I end up using one of my cooler bags at least once a week. You want to find one that is light (it will get pretty heavy when you pack it with food), easy to carry (find one that has a shoulder strap), and contains many compartments (side pockets and front pocket). You also want to invest in some ice packs. For airport travel, I like to use the small soft ice packs as opposed to those hard blue blocks. Remember, you want to keep this as light as possible.

2. Stock up on BPA-free plastic containers.

I keep some plastic containers on hand for travel. I always use glass storage containers in my house for all leftovers, but if I’m going to be eating something at an airport or rest stop, I want to be able to eat my meal and then throw away the container. I obviously don’t want to throw away my nice glass containers, so I use plastic.

Of course, you want to make sure the containers are BPA-free (and always let your food cool before letting it touch plastic!). 

3. Do a little bit of food prep.

Now here is where the major planning comes into play...you must think a few days ahead about which foods you need to have in the house to prepare and cook for your travel day. Some of my favorites are hard boiled eggs, cut up carrots and cucumbers, healthy baked goods (homemade is best), leftover chicken (which you'll see below), raw nuts and fruits (especially apples and bananas which are super easy to transport).

Travel Meal

Here's one of my travel meals for a past trip. The 2 leg quarters came from a whole baked chicken I baked the night before (remember, you have to plan ahead). We ate the breast and wings for dinner, but I saved the leg quarters for my trip. The spinach, asparagus, and spaghetti squash are also left over from the night before (I made more than we needed for dinner for this purpose). My travel meal was all leftovers...super easy!

4. Stay energized.

I absolutely never, ever leave home without my energizing greens drink. This powerful cocktail keeps my immune system strong and my energy levels high when I'm hopping on and off airplanes and traveling from place to place.

It also squashes any cravings I have  all day long (which comes in handy when you're surrounded by fast food on the road, grandma's famous pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and "specialty" coffees all year long).

Combat cravings and boost energy with this daily greens drink »

5. Get creative at restaurants.

Here I am in the Bahamas holding a delicious salad I had the restaurant prepare for me. I asked them to ple on as many salad vegetables as they had (hold the onions), and I had some canned chicken and gluten-free crackers with me (that I packed in my suitcase).

The next time you travel, remember, you don’t have to surrender to poor airport food. Use the tips above to turn all your travel days into healthy days.

What are your favorite travel foods? Let us know in the comments below!

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Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       13 posts
  1. Balance   
       10 posts
  1. Parenting   
       4 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       3 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       2 posts
  1. Guest Post   
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