10 Travel Tips to Stay Healthy On The Go
Written By: Jill Smart
Once you make the choice to change your lifestyle and adopt a healthier way of living, you will likely find that many things seem to fall into place, assisting you in those changes. For me, I was eating out much less and preparing most of my meals and snacks at home. It gave me a great sense of security having that much control over my health transformation! So when my first opportunity to travel came up, I naturally panicked, wondering how I was going to maintain that same control. Every time I had traveled previously, it was always an excuse for putting on at least 5-10 pounds. You’re staying in hotels, eating in unfamiliar restaurants and often have a schedule that is nothing like your everyday routine. I decided to look at this as a great opportunity to find success and not put on those extra pounds, yet still enjoy my time away. While it did take some planning and prep work, I committed to putting these 10 tips into practice and found my vacation to be enjoyable, relaxing and successful. And you can too!
Travel Tips for Success
1. Preparation is key
This is number one on the list because it is the most important factor when you are planning any type of trip away, whether it is a quick business trip, or a two week vacation. Taking time to prepare and research is crucial for your success. There are so many resources to be found on the internet no matter where you are going, from restaurants to hotels and even juice bars! Take the time to do your research and make a plan for yourself before you go.
2. Fresh Juice
Juices can be frozen ahead of time, either in freezer storage bags, or in mason jars (just make sure you leave plenty of space in the jar for expansion while freezing). Pack them into a cooler and allow them to thaw as you travel and you have your fresh juice! If you are traveling by plane and are unable to bring your fresh juice, just be sure to research before you travel. You’re likely to find some cool new juice bars in the area to experience while you’re away. Which brings me to #3…
3. Cold Pressed Juice Bars
These days, there are juice bars popping up everywhere! Some are independent and others within your major grocery stores, like Whole Foods Market. Most major cities have several options within a short distance and all can be found on the internet. I enjoy visiting these places, just for a change-up to my regular juicing routine. Plus, many times I get ideas for new juices to make at home when I return!
4. Restaurant Options
Most restaurants have websites with their menus posted online, which allows you to look ahead and see what you can order. If you have food restrictions, such as being gluten-free, this is an easy way to see if a restaurant can accommodate your dietary needs. Don’t be afraid to call ahead and ask questions either. Have an idea of what you are going to order before you get there to eliminate panic-ordering when you arrive.
5. Pre-Packaged Snacks
This is one of my favorite things to travel with, even at home! I always have packages of raw almonds in my purse. There are so many easy ways to carry pre-packaged, whole foods with you. While fruits and veggies aren’t packaged foods, they are some of the easiest foods to carry on the go. Grab an apple or pre-sliced veggies and you’re golden for a quick snack, without guilt.
6. Homemade Snacks
If you prefer to make your own snacks, there are many that travel well and can be made ahead of time. Travel containers, or even snack size baggies work great for tucking these into your purse or carry on. One of my favorite recipes is included below!
7. Water On The Go
Staying hydrated is such a key component, whether you are at home or away. Find a water bottle that you love to use (preferably glass or stainless steel – BPA-free either way) and carry with you. Making sure you are refilling it continuously throughout the day is important to achieving that daily water intake goal, which is to aim for ½ your body weight in ounces each day.
8. Take Your Walking Shoes With You
You may not be able to get your typical workout in, but packing your walking shoes will increase the likelihood of movement. Commit to use them daily.
9. Get Plenty Of Rest
Sleep is so important, whether you are traveling or not. Try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep each night. And if you know you need more to feel your best, aim for that.
10. Relax and Enjoy Yourself
Remember that no matter where you are going, whether it is a few days for business, or longer for pleasure… take time to relax and enjoy the moment. It not only helps keep you centered, but it adds to your happiness and enjoyment of each and every day too!
Jill’s Roasted Chickpeas
- 2 cans organic chickpeas
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- Chipotle powder
- Pink Sea Salt
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Drain and rinse 2 cans of chickpeas.
- In a bowl mix melted coconut oil and spices (measurements to taste).
- Stir in chickpeas to coat thoroughly.
- Place on foil lined pan and roast in the oven for about 2 ½ hours (I like mine crunchy, so sometimes I let them go a bit longer).
- Stir the mixture every 30 minutes during roasting to ensure they’re coated and cooking evenly.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Jill Smart RN, BSN is a Certified Fitlife.tv Transformation Coach, with over 21 years of nursing experience. She is also a former Jazzercise Instructor.
Jill joined Fitlife.tv in October 2013 after a significant weight gain from a knee injury. She began Fitlife Small Group Coaching program in February 2014 and to date has lost over 80 pounds! Her passion for helping people allows her to assist clients who are ready to transform their nutritional and mindset habits.
Jill believes it is her mission to contribute to a greater cause and you will find her leading by example. If you are looking for someone that wants to help by making the most impact possible, you can connect with her.
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