Eating healthy while traveling can be a challenging proposition which might even seem impossible at times. But there are strategies to help you eat as healthy as you can while traveling. As a bonus, eating healthy can help you to ward off what seem to be the inevitable colds and flu that come on when your immune system is decreased from all of the stress of travel.
Tip #1: Bring Food With You Before You Leave. Being prepared by purchasing non-perishable food before you travel is the best way to eat healthy. By already having good healthy foods with you, it will be easier for you to resist snacking on the junk food that seems to be everywhere when you travel.
Tip #2: Snack regularly. Snacking regularly on the healthy foods that you already brought from home will help you to resist eating the widely available junk food and sabotaging your health.
Tip #3: Go to grocery stores or markets rather than restaurants for meals. If you stick to eating mostly from grocery stores and markets, you’ll almost surely be able to find ample amounts of unprocessed foods that don’t need to be prepared. In fact, in many places of the world, the markets are treasure troves of healthy foods. Even in places like gas station markets, you can almost always find minimally processed foods such as beef jerky, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.
Tip #4: Eat fruit. While eating fruits is not always the healthiest choice because of the high sugar content, eating fruits is far healthier than junk food and virtually every place that you may be traveling to in the world, except perhaps Antarctica, will almost surely have some form of fresh or dried fruit to keep you snacking on unprocessed foods.
Tip #5: Canned meats. Canned meats are readily available and easy to find. While you should avoid the processed canned meats, such as Spam, you can find a treasure trove of healthy canned meats, especially if you try something new. While everyone is familiar with tuna, expand your food repertoire to enjoy the many varieties of salmon, sardines, herring, and even exotic treats such as smoked oysters and octopus!
Tip #6: BYOB. Bring your own BUTTER. Butter is a much better choice than the margarine ‘spreads’ and ‘toppings’ for things like baked potatoes. It’s also a tasty and healthy alternative to cream in your coffee (really!) when you only have those trans-fat laden powdered creamer packets or sugar-laden flavored creamers. As a bonus, it will last a week or more in a resealable container in cool climates or at room temperature like in hotel and conference rooms.
Really, there is no excuse not to eat healthy while you are traveling. If you make a decision to eat right, you can almost always find something healthy, even in what seem to be the least healthy places to eat. It’s simply a matter of being prepared, educating yourself, and making the decision to eat foods that will nourish your body.