The world has changed so much in the past few decades, especially since the digital revolution, thatpeople today are not only wary of almost everything that goes around them, but are also completely aware of what goes in their friends, acquaintances and everyone else’s lives. Everyone’s lives seem like a blur to us, more like news about people rather than feeling the emotional connect that we must enjoy with them. Not to mention the constant competition about being the best in your work place.
And a combination of this work stress, complete emotional disconnect with friends and families and comparing ourselves with anyone and everyone on social media make vacations a necessity. For a lot of people, vacation means to travel, to move out of the rut of daily lives and go off to distant places, befriend new people, attempt finding a meaning to life or a greater purpose for themselves. While some others might travel for business meetings or for signing some new deals and opening up new ventures in far off places.
In the midst of these important things, people generally tend to neglect the thing that impacts them the most, the food that you may or may not eat while you are traveling. If you are someone who is health conscious, you will probably think of the vacation as an excuse to eat the ever tempting junk food which does nothing but spoil your constitution and harm your body. And even if you are not health conscious, it is the diet on your explorative journey that will ensure that you are fit to resume your routine once you return. So how do you make sure you are eating healthy?
Following are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that you eat right even when you are traveling:
- Understand your route
Whenever you plan a new trip, always take care to research about it. Chances are if the places are hilly or its a remote area, you might not be able to find an eatery for miles or you might just not reach them at the right time. When you are traveling, a million things can go wrong but you try to be ready for all of it. So why not for food? Everyone takes it for granted that there will be food available but what if it is not? Researching and planning your meal requirements ahead will definitely save you from starving later on.
- Never go without backup food
If you are going on a trip without some basic snacks, then I suggest you to abort the mission right away. In case you don’t have any nuts or any greens at your place, a small detour to a supermarket is a must. Carry nuts, dark chocolate, fruits and sandwich essentials so that you can fix a meal for yourself if you do not find a decent place to eat.
- Water is your life saver
Human body contains 65% of water and the most essential element in your healthy diet list is water.Thirst is generally masked as hunger and people tend to eat more while they are actually thirsty. And they tend to eat the wrong things, mostly foods that are high on sugar or are deep fried when actually all they need is a sip of that cold refreshing drink.It is always better to carry your own water at least a little of it just in case as you may come across places where you may find no water or the water is not potable.
- Eat frequent meals
While traveling, people are inclined to skip meals as eating out proves costly and skipping meals is a means of saving money. But, this is where you go wrong. It is quintessential to eat regularly even if it means eating small meals like a few nuts or half a fruit. Eating continuously also helps psychologically as it assists in keeping the brain more active signalling it that you are active. You can even find discounts from restaurants across the US to ensure you eat healthy and save money. For example, if you are staying at a Premier Inn, browse their website to see the menu and plan your meals ahead of time.
- Say No to junk food
No matter what, say no to junk food. Just because it tastes good, does not mean it is healthy for you. It is not only unhealthy to you, it is also addictive and can become a habit in no time. But how do you stay away from the temptation when almost all the highways have these fast food joints that make you crave even when you are not hungry? The answer is very simple. Stay away from these joints. Do not even stop at these places. It is much better to rather find some local markets where you can purchase local produce and most of the times, it is cheaper than the junk food especially as you know you won’t have to spend on the doctor’s fees. It is even better if you avoid alcohol and everything that is canned or packed. Only about 37% of millennials avoid junk food and it will be rather heartening to see the numbers rising.
Traveling can be beautiful, but it can also be a nasty business if you do not take care of yourself. Eating and drinking healthier is a sure way of taking care of yourself in the long run.