Traveling often presents a challenge when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Even the most seasoned traveler, like myself, sometimes struggles to keep on track.  The allure of fast food joints and convenient snacks can make it all too easy to abandon your healthy eating habits. But fear not, fellow wanderer! With a little bit of planning, you can stay on track and enjoy delicious, nourishing meals while on the road. In this guide, we’ll explore some key strategies for eating healthy while traveling, empowering you to make smart choices and savor the journey without sacrificing your well-being.


Embrace Real Food

When it comes to eating healthy on the go, there’s no substitute for real food. Opt for fresh, whole ingredients whenever possible, even when staying in a hotel. Instead of reaching for a packaged snack, take a stroll to a local market or grocery store near your hotel and stock up on these wholesome options. Not only will they provide you with essential nutrients, but they will also keep you energized throughout your adventures.

Taking advantage of hotel amenities such as mini refrigerators and kitchenettes can be a game-changer for eating healthy while traveling. With these options, you can keep a stash of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious breakfast items on hand, allowing you to maintain control over your meals, portion sizes, and even save some money by not eating out for every meal. So, don’t forget to explore these possibilities and savor the benefits of a well-stocked, healthy haven right in your hotel room.

Never leave your hotel (or your home) for that matter empty-handed.  While out and about, have nutritious snacks like granola bars, trail mix, or homemade sandwiches in your day pack for when you get hungry.


Make Informed Decisions

Now, let’s talk about eating out. Navigating restaurant menus when traveling can feel overwhelming, but don’t fret! With a little planning, you can make informed choices that align with your healthy eating goals. One trick is to take a peek at the menus ahead of time and decide what you’ll order before you even set foot in the restaurant. This way, you’re less likely to be swayed by tempting but not-so-healthy options.

When scanning the menu, look for restaurants that offer a variety of options. Seek out dishes that are grilled, steamed, or baked rather than fried. And, don’t forget about the power of lean proteins, whole grains, and colorful vegetables. These little superheroes will give you the energy you need for your adventures while keeping you feeling satisfied and nourished while traveling.

While waiting for your meal, try your best to resist the bread and chips. I know they’re tempting, but they’re just empty carbs that fill you up without providing much nutritional value. Save those goodies to enjoy with your meal instead. Trust me, when you eat them alongside a delicious, balanced dish, you’ll appreciate them even more and naturally eat less of them.


Hydration is Key

While traveling, it is essential to stay hydrated. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, automobile or walking around seeing the sights make sure to have a trusty reusable water bottle with you at all times. Whenever you get the chance, fill it up and keep sipping throughout the day.

Steer clear of sugary drinks. They might be tempting, but they won’t do you any favors. Instead, go for the good stuff like water sparkling or still and herbal teas (no sugar added). These thirst quenchers will keep you feeling alert, support your digestion, and even help you resist those unnecessary snacks.

Remember, it’s all about moderation. Indulge in the local delicacies while traveling, but also make room for lighter choices. By finding a balance between treating yourself and making healthier selections, you can fully enjoy your culinary experiences while still staying on track with your goals.

So, go ahead, explore those menus, order your mini fridge, and embark on your journey armed with the knowledge that you can eat well, make good choices, and savor every bite while traveling. Bon appétit!

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Denise Stegall

Denise Stegall

Meet Denise E. Stegall, the CEO and Curator of Living Healthy With 25 years of experience and study in nutrition, cooking, exercise, and coaching, she helps female entrepreneurs and businesswomen curate a healthy, happy, and productive life.

As an inspirational thought leader, Denise provides honest, research-backed information on health, wellness, personal development, and fun for real-life application. Her platform, Living Healthy List, is a go-to community for health and wellness resources, empowering positive changes and creating the life you want.

Denise’s background in nutrition and her philosophy of “Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions, and Be Accountable” shaped her International Best Seller, “Healthy Living, Happy Life: A Practical Path to Finding the Healthy Lifestyle That Works for You!”

She goes beyond her book and Living Healthy List to offer “Forever Wellness Lifestyle ,” a groundbreaking group coaching model with individualized roadmaps for true health, balance, stress management, confidence, and an uplifting lifestyle. Denise E. Stegall is devoted to empowering individuals to embrace holistic well-being and fulfillment.

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