Hubby and I went on a road trip a couple of weeks ago. Many people have a hard time sticking to their healthy habits when away from home, so here are a few tips that you can use the next time you’re travelling.
#1 – Plan ahead
Pack some veggies, fruit, nuts and other healthy snack options so you’ll be less tempted to hit the snack aisle when you make a pit stop. We made a batch of my hemp breakfast bites and also took some hard boiled eggs with us!
Usually hotel rooms have mini fridges, so we were caught off guard in Montreal when our room didn’t have one. We had to keep getting ice to keep things cold and since our room had a balcony we also used the great outdoors!
If you’re staying in one place for a few days, a room with a kitchenette is fabulous because you can then take some freezer meals from home, or buy a few groceries when you get where you’re going. I also take some protein powder to supplement those free breakfasts that are usually only toast and cereal – not a great way to start your day.
#2 – Stick to your routine, as much as possible
As tempting as it may be to stay up late and sleep in since you’re on vacation, your body does best when you go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Also, if you’re like me and exercise in the mornings, book a hotel that has a fitness room – just don’t forget your workout clothes and sneakers!
If you do get out of your normal routine, ease back into it as soon as possible.
#3 – Eat normally
This is this most important tip. Some people restrict their eating and deprive themselves in the days and weeks leading up to a trip (I know I used to!) maybe trying to lose a few pounds or banking some room in their calorie (or point) budget.
What usually happens though is that you feel so deprived from before the trip that you over compensate and eat way more than you think you saved. Sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas - because if you gain 5 pounds while you're there, that's definitely coming home with you!
My advice – create eating habits that you don’t need a vacation from. Treat yourself, once in a while but don’t overdo it. Make the best choices you can with the options in front of you and balance things out as best you can. If you have a decadent breakfast, have a lighter lunch and dinner. If you know you’re going to a great restaurant for dinner, maybe make a better choice for breakfast that day and the next.
Ask yourself how you want to feel after your vacation. I know that if I don’t eat well, I won’t feel well for a day or two after. Sometimes I decide that it’s worth it, and sometimes I don’t.
But always remember that the choice is ultimately up to you.
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