While travelling most of the people prefer fast food on healthy food unless they are not facing any health issue. Making better food choices and other habits can lead you to better travel experience.
Traveling doesn’t mean to get tired and eat the food that hamper your health & deplete your energy. Any traveler during self drive road trip expedition should eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and follow healthy habits to maintain body and mind as an athletes on the road while traveling. Following are some tips to follow to manage food to stay healthy while on the road trip expedition.
Make a list of edible things
Get the things beforehand which you can store for a longer period of time Raisins, Apples, Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews, Nutrition Bars, Dry Cereal, Packed juice etc. During the journey you need to put conscious effort to arrange the things with short shelf life like Fruit, Cheese, Milk, Smoothies, Boiled Eggs etc.
To maintain good health, it is crucial to eat healthy frequently in smaller amounts. Taking too much calories at one sitting can also make you sluggish & sleepy and those calories will get stored as fat in your body. Try to snack and meals before you feel too hungry and you use extra calories which you don’t require. Eating frequently in adequate amount maintains energy level and digestion that makes you feel better throughout the day.
Drink plenty of water
To take in a good amount of water while traveling is very important. Water is required by your body for most of its functions. Water helps to remove toxins from your body, keep your skin fresh and maintain proper digestion. It also helps you to avoid extra eating. It will also help you fight fatigue, avoid symptoms of overexposure to the sun and escape junk food cravings. Make sure to keep them easily accessible when needed. Keep some reusable water bottles and fill them up at every rest stop.
Caffeine helps to fight fatigue while traveling. It helps you stay active and alert, but an overdose of caffeine can lead you to feel anxious or stressed out. It hampers your digestion. Prefer to have water, fruit, juice or other non-caffeinated beverages. You can have it when you really need it.
Order Healthier Options at Restaurants
Generally people prefer taste on quality while ordering food in a restaurant. But it is important to go for quality of food while you are traveling. This is the key to enjoy the whole trip. If you’re eating out while traveling and are wondering how to know what the healthiest choices are, following are some tips:
- Consider the calorie counts of the food you select.
- Order for veggies and salad instead of fried food.
- Consider the amount of the food you order carefully. Share it with your travel partners in case it is more than your required.
- Consider grilled or baked food instead of fried as they’ll generally be lower in fat and calories.
Often while traveling, you don’t have access to food at regular intervals. You skip meals and your metabolism gets disturb. To avoid this you should pack healthy snacks so that you don’t skip regular meals. Fresh and dried fruits, dry foods, raw vegetables, yogurt, berries, hard-boiled eggs etc are some of the options. When you are short of time to have food – eating healthy serving of fruits on the go such as bananas, berries, and other seasonal fruit during your travels is recommended.
Avoid “feel bad” foods
Avoid foods you crave, but leave you with a sick feeling after you eat them. They drain your energy and let down your mood. Example of such foods – Refined grain products, sugary snacks, deep fried, excess alcohol etc.
Maintain First Aid box
There are many factors which influence your digestion and health other than food while traveling like weather, hygiene etc. You should maintain a medicine box with you to cure and prevent vomiting, constipation, headache, stomach pain, loose motion etc.
Key to eating healthy on a self drive road trip expedition is to plan your travel meals & snacks. It starts with eating healthy at home as well. Habit of eating healthy most of the time is really important. Without any planning and management for healthy food, It’ll be obvious to go on unhealthy junk food diet. When you will opt good healthy food and snacks on trips, you will feel healthy and energetic. To have and follow a plan doesn’t take much time or effort.