Going on vacation is a pass time that we all enjoy. For many, traveling can not only give us a much needed break but can also enrich our lives with new cultures and experiences. Bittersweetly the adventures that you will go on during the journey of travel will often include copious amounts of food. This food will without a doubt be unbelievably delicious and more than likely exceed all macronutrient allotments for the day.
Whether it is a short weekend getaway or a month excursion we can all agree that traveling has the ability to temporarily derail the Healthy Living Journey. I believe this is due to the abundant amount of food that you will find around you and the care free mindset you will most likely enter. Going on vacation should be fun and shouldn’t cause you to go into panic mode upon return. Due to this common issue, I decided to discuss a few of the eating habits I try to follow when I go on trips.
Pay attention to portions, this may seem obvious but if your family is anything like mine you will find that every meal is buffet style. To measure adequate quantity amounts, remember that sides should be the size of your fist and meats should be the size of your hand. Although an occasional buffet is acceptable, nothing will derail your healthy living eating habits more than never ending goodies like, Doe-Doe (Fried Plantain), so pay attention to portions.
Eat your Veggies, this is also a regularly underestimated tip but hear me out. If your family/culture is anything like my Nigerian roots all meals are centered around an incredible amount of Rice and Meat. Although all of the foods are unbelievably delicious they also don’t incorporate a lot of vegetables to balance out the nutrients. Remember to fit in that extra piece of broccoli or brussel sprouts to be sure you are getting what you need.
Go for the familiar, by this I mean you should try and create some of the meals you eat at home when possible. I have found that when staying with family/friends or even in hotels that you have the opportunity to arrange your own breakfast, take advantage of this! In some situations, like backpacking and road trips this may be impossible but if you have access to a kitchen or “make your own dish” menu item there is no reason your egg white scramble with oatmeal can’t be created an ocean away.
Exciting travel can make it hard to find the will and the strength to stay away from the unhealthiest of foods. This can mean that it is not always easy to maintain a consistent meal plan when exploring the city around you. More often than not if you don’t create a plan you will find yourself returning back to your home with an enormous amount of souvenirs and 10 extra pounds. I hope today’s post can help you create a plan for eating and exploring your next adventure. I invite you to leave your tips and tricks to traveling and not derailing your eating habits! Safe Travels. ❤