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How to eat healthy when traveling

I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start! I had such a good time in Milwaukee last weekend. It was so nice to see my family and friends and to be in Milwaukee again. Sometimes I really miss it there. The trip was definitely too short. Speaking of traveling, when I was in the airports, it was so difficult to find something that was somewhat healthy. Many of the options were fast food or heavily processed foods. At one of the airports, I literally walked back and forth for 30 minutes trying to find somewhere to eat. I do have more food restrictions than most people though, so that was part of the problem. Of course, if you are on vacation, it's ok to treat yourself to something that you wouldn't normally eat (I did treat myself to some glazed pecans from Nuts on Clark and lots of cheesecurd samples at the farmer's market.), but if you travel frequently or you are trying really hard to stick to eating healthy, it can be really difficult. I have a lot of clients who completely fall off track every time they travel and have a really hard time getting back to eating healthy again. So, what can you do in order to avoid throwing all of your healthy eating habits out the window?

  1. Plan ahead by bringing healthy snacks. This can either be for in the airport or when you get to wherever you are going. This can help hold you over and keep you from being so hungry that you will stop just about anywhere.There are plenty of healthy convenience foods that you can bring with you such as trail mix, healthy bars (Larabars, Kind Bars, or there are a lot different only fruit and veggie bars), fruit or veggies, plantain chips, and kale chips. You can also make snacks such as the healthy protein balls that are in my cleanses.

  2. If you have to eat something in the airport, choose wisely. Obviously, the fast food places might not be the best option. There are plenty of little stands that offer healthier options like salads, sandwiches, veggies with dip, protein boxes, yogurt, fresh fruit, etc. If you go to a restaurant, there are usually healthier options on those menus such as salad or meat/fish and veggies.

  3. If you are staying in a hotel, if there isn't already a fridge in your room, find out if they can put one in there so you can buy fresh foods and keep them in the fridge. I've even brought a small blender with me before so I could make smoothies in my hotel room. If you are staying with other people, see if you can go to the grocery store and get some healthy foods.

  4. If you are on the road or out all day and eating out, there are plenty of healthy options at restaurants. Like I mentioned before, you can choose a salad or meat/fish with veggies. Many restaurants have a "lighter" section on their menu that offers the healthier options, or you can ask them to modify something for you (get a burger without a bun to make it lighter, for example).

  5. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Start your day off (preferably within one hour of waking up) with a well balanced breakfast that includes a good amount of protein and healthy fats. This will help keep you full longer and help balance your blood sugars from the start of the day, making it less likely that you will crave unhealthy options later in the day. Although French toast and syrup sounds delicious, it is likely to cause your blood sugars to spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired, bloated, and weighed down.

  6. Try to eat plenty of veggies. A lot of people tend to forget to eat veggies when traveling because it's not as convenient, so try to include it as part of your meal as much as you can. This can help balance out your meal if you do choose to eat something not quite as healthy.

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