Trying to keep up with your diet while traveling can be hard. Whether you’re on a specific diet or just want to make sure you have healthier options while traveling, you’ll want to set up a meal plan. This way you won’t find yourself eating unhealthy snacks or stopping for fast-food. Plus this tends to save you money too!
I recently went out of town to visit family for the holidays. I knew traveling was going to be hard enough for me to stick to my Medifast weight-loss plan, but adding the holidays on top of this was going to be awful.. so I assumed. I decided to come up with a plan beforehand to make it easier for me. Granted it meant more packing and more luggage, but hey.. if it helped me to stick to my diet, I was going to do it. I had already lost 15-lbs in the past three months and I was determined not to gain it back.
These tips helped me to prepare for my road trip and eat healthy while on vacation
1. Water is your friend
You definitely want to make sure you stay hydrated so don’t forget some water. I tend to prefer my water at room temperature but I know some people just can’t stand this. So if you prefer cold water, freeze your water bottles before you leave and pack them in a cooler when you head out for your trip. If you end up packing food that needs to be on ice, this is a good way to keep them cold.
You may also want to pack a reusable bottle too. You can grab a jug of water from the grocery store to put in your cooler or hotel fridge.
If you feel like you need a little energy boost, add a flavor infuser to your water. Medifast offers some delicious flavors like Mandarin Orange and Lemon. They even offer Antioxidant Infusers and Calorie Burning Infusers.
Don’t forget to grab you a cold water before you walk out the door so you don’t find yourself stopping shortly after you leave to get to the cooler. You’ll have to wait for that frozen water to thaw!
2. Snacks are a must
You’ll want some snacks for the road and while you’re in the hotel room. Protein and Energy Bars or even Meal Replacement Bars are quick and easy which makes them perfect when on-the-go. I really enjoy the Smore’s Crunch Bar from Medifast. It’s a great meal replacement and it’s like a dessert too! It has a graham cracker crunch with marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate. It’s low in calories, fat, and carbs and loaded with potassium and vitamins. This is great to eat at any time of the day.
Another one of my favorite snacks for traveling is popcorn. The Cheddar and Sour Cream Popcorn from Medifast is absolutely delicious. It comes individually packaged so you don’t go overboard. However, it’s low in calories and carbs and has no cholesterol.
Don’t forget to pack some delicious fruits and vegetables. Whole fruits and veggies don’t need to be refrigerated, as long as you eat them while they’re still fresh. Bring along something to make these more filling, like peanut butter or almond butter.
3. Prepare home-cooked meals
You can’t just eat small snacks all day long. You need some lean and green meals. So prepare so balanced home-cooked meals to take along with you. Store them in meal prep containers for a quick meal or use some disposable foil pans so you don’t have to worry about washing and repacking them.
Many hotels offer a refrigerator and microwave if you request them. Some extended stay hotels or condos have small kitchenettes with a few kitchen accessories. If you can’t get a room with a fridge, you may have to just keep a cooler in your room. Mostly all hotels have ice machines. Also, ask if the hotel has a microwave in their lounge or breakfast area.
4. Enjoy the local cuisines
You’re on vacation! The fun part about traveling is enjoying new restaurants. You can still eat healthy and enjoy new places too. At some restaurants, you may find a “lite” section on their menu. This just means a smaller portion and cooked without all the bad fats that you don’t need. I know it’s hard to be at a restaurant and see all the less healthy options on the menu. Trust me, if you go that route you will hate yourself for it after. So be sure to ask for water and a side salad before your meal so you’re not tempted to gorge on dinner.
5. Don’t skip a meal
Believe it or not, skipping a meal doesn’t do the body good. When you skip meals, your body responds as if it’s facing a food shortage and your metabolism slows way down to prevent you from starving. It’s actually better to eat 5 or 6 small meals than it is to eat 3 large meals. Medifast suggests that you should eat every 2 to 3 hours to keep your metabolism running. Now don’t go overboard with this! Eating small portions is the key. So have a healthy snack in between your meals to keep your body going.
Don’t give in to those bad food temptations that will leave you feeling depleted, bloated, and tired. Bringing meals with you on a trip may seem a bit odd at first. But with a little planning, you can end up with an extensive list of healthy eating options that beats eating fast food every day. Making better food choices will have a positive impact on your leisure time.