Summer is around the corner — and I’m trying to get healthy. I’m currently doing the Whole 30 (no dairy, sugar, wheat, alcohol, grains or beans) and so far, the hardest part of the experience might surprise you. It’s so hard to travel AND be health conscious!
Last weekend, I went to San Francisco to visit friends. I let the friend know ahead of time I’m doing the Whole 30 diet — and he was awesome enough to prepare a dinner for me that I could actually eat. But, after that one meal… I was on my own. Here are some healthy tricks while traveling — even if you’re not doing the Whole 30.
Have an idea of what you can order at different restaurants (before you go).
Have some good go-to foods you know you can eat — and order those whenever possible. For example, eating fish (or another protein) at pretty much any restaurant is something you can plan on. This eases the stress of wondering if you’ll be able to find something you can eat while out and about in a new city.
Bring your own snacks.
This is one of the best ways to stay healthy while you’re on the go. Pack dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, granola bars or even a small PB&J in your carryon (or car tote) so you aren’t forced to stop and get french fries because you’re starving and desperate.
Stock up on healthy foods once you get to your destination.
This tip applies to those of you traveling somewhere for a few days. If you are staying somewhere with a kitchen (or at least a fridge), buy a few items as soon as you get to your destination. That way you won’t have to go out for every meal. Even if this just means restocking your snack pile, make an effort to get healthy items so you won’t end up hungry when you’re out and about.
Splurge on healthy items you normally wouldn’t.
One of the best parts of traveling is eating good food. Instead of denying yourself on your trip, get creative with your diet. For example, buy sparkling water to replace wine or alcohol. This way you still get something bubbly to drink that isn’t totally boring.
PS: Just because you’re trying to be healthy… doesn’t mean you can’t have chocolate. Buy a bar of your favorite chocolate and have one or two pieces for dessert instead of ordering a whole dish at a restaurant.
What are your favorite healthy tips for traveling?