Monday, February 4, 2013
Healthy Habits on the Road
Just because you are taking a family road trip or work has you out of town for a few days doesn’t mean you have to give up your good eating habits. It takes a bit of planning and a bit of will power but its worth it in the end. Everyone knows that a few days of greasy fast food, sugary snacks from a vending machine or salt laden microwave meals only leaving you feeling fat and fatigued. Instead this time around, take a few minutes to learn the best approach to being healthful on your next trip.
Wherever your trip it is best to start with breakfast, especially if you are on a trip that requires lots of driving, as it will fuel you for later in the day. Avoid sugary starts like danishes and donuts, as they give you a quick burst of energy then leave you sleepier.
Breakfast at a service station: If you have no other choice then to grab something on the go it is best to choose: single serving cereal boxes accompanied with low fat milk or yogurt; oatmeal to go cups or protein bars. Try to stay away from packaged muffins, microwaveable egg sandwiches or sugary options like pop tarts and muffins.
Lunch and dinner are similar in terms of making good choices, such as focusing on protein and vegetables with limiting carbohydrates. It is best when possible to try to think ahead about where you might be for both meals so you can try to balance them with one another. If you must be on the road for lunch, see if you can have a sit down dinner.
Lunch and dinner at a service station: At times this might be your only option for lunch or dinner. In this case it is best to opt for a protein bar, packaged sandwiches if they carry them, microwavable low calorie foods or yogurts and a fruit if there are no other options.
Prior to your trip try to anticipate the food scenario, this will help you better prepare. Throw some snacks in your suitcase or bring a cooler for your car trips. Foods that come in single served portions, combination of proteins and carbohydrates, and non-perishable proteins are always wise choices. Keeping hydrated is just as important so don’t forget to keep cold water for the ride, or in your hotel room. Remind yourself that it is okay to indulge at times on your trip, but if you are gone for a long time or will be traveling a long distance by car, you want to feel your best.