By now, it should be no secret to you that I travel often. Very, very often. While it used to give me shivers down my spine and a pit in my stomach, I’ve since learned to love it so much that I’d much rather be 30,000 feet above ground than riding in a car. Now that I’m a nutritionist (and so close to becoming a Registered Dietitian), I get questions left and right about how I manage stay healthy while traveling so much.
I will admit that it’s difficult to keep a routine, even more-so when traveling through multiple time zones and experiencing jet lag. Does that mean that my health efforts deserve a throw in the towel attitude? Absolutely not. There is no excuse for maintaining some, if not most, health practices you do at home while you’re on the go. My mantra stands, “we bring ourselves wherever we go”. This can be used to describe both our good and bad habits. If you are dedicated to nourishing your body from the inside out, no matter what the circumstance, you don’t deserve to leave that commitment behind. Similarly, If you’re known to overeat and have made no conscious effort to change your behavior patterns, then you’re likely to overeat no matter what part of the world you’re in and you must be extra-conscious. Just because you’re in Paris, doesn’t mean that you need to leave the protein, fiber-rich eating philosophy behind and submit to the foods you wouldn’t ever consider eating at home. A bite is ok, but anything past that often leads to increased cravings and reduced willpower.
- Know your limits while traveling.
It’s a known fact that when we travel, we tend to let loose. While the lax attitude while traveling is totally necessary (and very welcome!), I can’t stress enough how important it is to be conscious of how far you take it. Before you know it, you’re eating foods you’d never dream of eating at home and you and the dessert menu are a little too close. Yes you should absolutely try new foods and enjoy the cuisine, but no you should not steer too far from your dietary norms.
- Take a probiotic with you.
I know, I know. I’m obsessed with probiotics and what they do for our bodies. Since you’re likely going to be eating new and different foods that your body is accustomed to, your digestion system may be off. A daily probiotic is essential for keeping your gut flora abundant and your system regular. I take Align Prebiotic + Probiotic Gummies with me wherever I go to support a healthy gut*- they travel so well. Align gummies are made with a blend of prebiotics to nourish the good bacteria in your digestive system, plus probiotics to add more good bacteria.* Plus, who doesn’t love a gummy that are made with natural fruit flavors and to me, could be mistaken for candy. Get yours here.
- Keep at least two of your daily health practices.
Do you have warm water with lemon in the morning or tea before bed? Have the hotel bring up a kettle with lemon slices on the side in the morning or prepare a cup of tea for yourself in the evening. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to forget the things that keep you in check at home.
Trust me, you will feel so relieved when you get home and don’t feel like you need to revamp your diet and your life only because you took a trip. It is so easy to fall into the “I don’t care” or “treat yourself” mentality while traveling, but this won’t serve you long-term. I say this with personal experience, and can guarantee these results.
Good luck and safe travels this summer!
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