TOP 10 TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING:
Stay active. This one is probably the least difficult to incorporate, many vacations include sightseeing, walking, shopping, or even swimming in the ocean- all of which will keep you moving. An added bonus if your hotel or resort has a gym that you can get a quick weight session in!
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Stay hydrated. Being out in the sun, sweating, drinking cocktails (hey, it’s vacation right!), and moving around will naturally dehydrate you a bit, it’s important to keep water by your side all day long. It’ll also help you from mistaking hunger for thirst. Be sure you’re paying attention to your urine, that’s the best indicator of your hydration (pale-yellow/clear).
Pack food. Never leave the house when traveling without a healthy snack such as fruit, nuts, jerky, trail mix or protein bars.
Bring snacks. If you’re walking long distances or out and about enjoying the city you’re visiting, be sure to bring a couple snacks with you that you can munch on just in case you’re not by food or when hunger strikes!
Know your markets. Scope out the local markets or grocery stores and stock up on raw veggies, fruits, and other things that require a fridge that you can’t bring with you.
Hotel kitchen. Try to get a hotel room with a mini-fridge, teapot, or microwave- most do. This will help you keep a couple snacks on hand in your room to bring with you for the day.
Research local dining spots. Ask the locals where they eat for healthy dining out options. Most often than not, eating the cuisine of the locals is healthier than eating at an American franchise. Think of visiting Mexico for example, you’re better off eating an authentic Mexican cuisine full of fresh ingredients than going to a Mexican franchise restaurant you could easily eat in the states.
Start with a salad. When dining out try to start with a salad or any other vegetable heavy dish that’s available. This will not only help keep you full, but also help with digestion and ensuring you’re getting those veggies in!
When in doubt, ask. Always ask the locals, those around you, and even waiters what the healthiest options are on the menu or local spots to try. They know what they’re talking about!
Give and take attitude. Remember, it’s vacation! It’s a time to enjoy everything that’s going on with the activities and company that’s surrounding you- enjoy the food as well without guilt by planning out the rest of your day with healthy eats as much as possible.
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