Food and Nutrition

Traveling this Holiday Season? 4 Must-Follow Nutrition Tips

| by Mitzi Dulan

The holidays are quickly approaching, and many people will be traveling as a part of the holiday season. Traveling can be quite the ordeal; depending on where you go, the body has to adjust to being in a new environment, which includes eating foods you may not be accustomed to, sleeping in a bed you are not used to, or being on a schedule you haven’t had before. Try to avoid being in “vacation mode” in your mindset of your diet. Vacation splurges could quickly add up: don’t go over your caloric budget!! Here are some tips on eating on the run.

Tip 1: Plan ahead. If you are traveling in the car, plan to pack some snacks such as almonds, dried cherries, honey, whole-wheat sandwich thins and almond butter. Also, buy a case of water so you can stay well hydrated. Including some packed salmon or tuna can also offer a quick source of protein to enjoy with some whole-wheat crackers.

Tip 2: Do your research. Before you leave for your trip, find out what options are in that location. Check to see what grocery stores are nearby, and restaurants you may find yourself going to eat at. Once you know this information, you can prepare properly. Many restaurants have menus online that will show you the nutrition information of their meals, and you can locate grocery stores for proper snacks, or plan meals you will prepare on your own.

Tip 3: Watch your portions. No matter where you go, eating well is well within your capabilities if you simply watch your portions. With the holidays comes the need to feel indulgent, so allow small indulgences in appropriate sizes. This way, you will not feel deprived of holiday cheer if the food is something you would really like to eat or try.

Tip 4: Get some rest. Vacations are meant to be restful, so rest! Give yourself a break from the normal grind of work and working out, and incorporate some not-so-typical workout tactics. Take a walk outside (weather permitting) and call a friend, shop with a family member, or take some time after you wake up to stretch or do some yoga moves.

Enjoy travels and be safe!!

Assistance provided by Stephanie Horvath