Eating Healthy and Working out While Traveling
In honor of my little brother’s college graduation, my parents are taking him, myself, and my husband on a 7 day cruise around the southern Caribbean. I’m pretty sure the only thing that could make me more excited right now is if I got an acceptance letter into Rosalind Franklin’s Chicago Medical School. I seriously cannot WAIT for this trip. I have the greatest family ever, and I get to travel around the Caribbean sea with them!
But the question is, how does one stay healthy while traveling? This is something I always struggle with. When you travel, you are often either at the mercy of someone elses household and thus eating habits, or you are eating out, a lot. This can make it very difficult to maintain your healthy lifestyle, particularly if you are the start of your journey to health, like myself. I find people just beginning this journey are more easily tempted.
Here are some things I have found work for me.
Always make sure to have snacks on you. You never know what people are going to serve or how often food will be served or available. Keeping these on you provide a quick fix without having to run to a drive through or hop over to your nearest starbucks. Some great healthy snacks include:
- Granola Bars
- Breakfast Bars
Just because someone serves something (or offers something) does not mean you have to say yes. You can politely decline dessert or second helpings, while simultaneously expressing your appreciation.
Carry tea & water
Water can help keep you feel full so you are less likely to crave snacks. It can also help keep you energized. Carry tea on you because hot water is generally pretty easy to come by and this way you can avoid starbucks, soda, and other caffeinated beverages that are higher in calories (black coffee is okay).
Bring Tennis Shoes
It is important to still get in your workouts while traveling, though I recognize time can be even more of an issue. Tennis shoes are great because you can throw them on and go for a quick run. You can do 1-2 minute sprint intervals for 20 minutes, with 30-40 second walks, and get a great quick workout.
Additionally – I usually bring resistance bands, my HIT 15 video (Turbo Fire), Tummy Tuck (Brazil Butt Lifts), and a sculpting video (either one from Turbo Fire or Brazil Butt Lifts), and 1 cardio Insanity video.
If you are looking for just one workout – Insanity is the perfect traveling set, because it does not require any equipment.
Any other suggestions? I would love to hear what YOU eat when you are traveling or how you incorporate your workouts. Leave me a comment!
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