The holiday season is a prime time for travel. It’s also a prime time for weight gain and putting healthy eating on the back burner until January.
Whether you’re flying, taking the train or driving to your holiday destination, it is still possible to find great choices on the way. Why put your healthy lifestyle on hold when you can follow these easy tips to stay on track:
First and foremost, remember that it’s more important than ever during the hectic holidays to treat yourself well! Foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins can help keep blood sugar steady and keep you satisfied in between stops. Many of these foods are also pros at helping your body manage stress. When on the road, find the best choices near you on HealthyDiningFinder.com.
Keep plenty of snacks on hand when you’re travelling. Keep non-perishable choices with you on trains and planes and keep a snack bag and/or cooler with you in the car for road trips. High quality choices like fruit, nuts and boiled eggs can help keep you on track. Get more ideas for grab and go snacks here.
Don’t forget to hydrate along the way. Dehydration has been known to mimic hunger and who needs extra hunger when you’re already faced with high calorie holiday food? Water, sparkling water, fruit-infused water or a blend of sparking water and 100% fruit juice are all good options to keep handy. If you’re flying, remember to hold off on getting them until after you get through security.
Have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to try a new restaurant along the way (use available nutrition information or ask questions to make the best choices), stop and do some site-seeing on the road to get some extra steps in or explore the airport terminal to boost your energy while you wait.
Remember that the best choices at home and when travelling are the ones that taste great and are made with nutritious, high quality ingredients to help you feel your best.
Restaurants coast to coast, on the road, at the malls and in airport terminals participate in the Healthy Dining Program. Search for dietitian-recommended menu choices like these near you and next time you’re on the road: