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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it can be difficult to find healthy options when you’re on the go. For many of us, we think taking a trip allows us to skip the good stuff and indulge. Not the case! More people tend to overindulge when going into a trip with that mindset.
From long travel days to eating out all the time, here are a few of my suggestions you can use to stay healthy next time you head out of town.
Drink water: Be sure to have a bottle of water with you at all times—we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces every day. Long flights can lead to dryness and dehydration, and the small cup on the flight isn’t a lot, so buy a bottle at the airport as a handy backup. Most airlines offer complimentary drinks, but try to avoid all juices and sodas because they’re loaded with added sugars.
Get some exercise in: If you can, book your stay at a hotel with a fitness center. A majority of hotels offer some type of workout facility with machines and weights you can take advantage of. You can always get out and walk, too! Walking is great exercise, and it gives you a chance to explore the city you are in. Maybe ditch the cab and walk instead, or plan some time to do it before each day’s activities. In addition, download the MINDBODY app to your phone. It’s an easy way to explore classes in the area where you’ll be staying.
Make smart food choices: At the airport, opt for foods like fruits (bananas and apples are usually available), trail mix, nuts or grab a small salad with dressing on the side. Try to bring some of these items from home with you as much as you can.
Once you arrive, if you are going out to eat a lot, stay mindful to what you are choosing from the menu. Be sure to pick items with lots of vegetables and lean proteins (like chicken, fish, turkey). It’s okay to have french fries on the side (sweet potato fries are preferred) or share a dessert, but try not to make this a daily occurrence.
Pack vitamins and probiotics: Anytime I travel, I make sure to take my supplements with me. My main items consist of multivitamins, super Omega-3s and antioxidants—each an important component of daily nutrition. It’s important to keep your energy up, too. I bring my protein powders with a shaker bottle. Love & Peas and Nature’s Harvest by Nature’s Sunshine are my favorites, and one scoop of each gives me the essential nutrients I need to get me through the day.
Get good ZZZs: Nothing seems as good as sleeping in your own bed, and sometimes it’s tough sleeping in a hotel room. For a good night sleep, I pack a travel diffuser and lavender essential oil. Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing properties while promoting sleep when diffused in a room. Also, bring ear plugs. They block out noise from the hotel hallways and can help you sleep on a long plane ride.
Be grateful: It’s easy to get caught up in running from one place to the other, but make sure you take some time to really look around the area and see what it has to offer. Be thankful that you are in this environment and notice the culture, the people, architecture and more.