How to eat healthily while travelling
If you’ve read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (or seen the movie), you may remember the sumptuous scenes of eating in Italy … “But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal?”
Even though I tend to agree, take note of the qualifier: “for just a little while”. If you travel often, you are possibly aware of the results of overindulgence. Here are few ways to help you eat more healthily while travelling in the future.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking fluids is a good way to stay hydrated, but also to keep your stomach feeling full. Preferably drink water, but fresh juices and milk are also fine. It is best to avoid sugary and carbonated drinks, and limit alcohol. This will go a long way towards reducing any travel-related ailments, especially jetlag.
Choose healthy meals
Try to avoid fast-food restaurants. If you can, try to stay near convenience stores so you can buy and prepare your own meals most days. A great tip I learnt is to use the coffee maker in your hotel room to boil an egg for a quick and healthy snack. While it’s definitely part of the experience to try new foods while travelling, try to choose healthy options at least 80 percent of the time.
Out of sight, out of mind … If you are going to be in your hotel room for a while, ask reception to clear out your minibar. Then, stock it with water bottles, smoothies and other healthy snacks. This will help you avoid those midnight feasts that you end up regretting.
As with all things in life, it’s all about moderation. So don’t avoid the beautiful experience of trying new foods and enjoying your trip, but do so in moderation. Don’t overthink it – take these few easy steps to set yourself up for healthy eating and then forget about it and enjoy yourself!