What you eat while travelling or prior to travelling has a great impact on your health. Whether you are travelling for work or leisure, falling ill may be the last thing that comes to mind. Therefore, learning how to eat healthy while travelling is crucial to maintain a vibrant sense of well-being!
Follow this easy guide to help avoid sudden illness or discomforts that may show their (not so pretty) faces during a time of relaxation and bliss!
Plan In Advance
This involves determining in advance what the journey entails and the correct kind of food to eat. If the journey is very long, then one can opt to pack own meal. On the other hand, if the journey is short or likely to take less than a day, one can opt to carry a light meal and fluids.
While planning in advance, search for information on which food to eat and which ones to avoid eating while travelling. This information can be obtained from travelling magazines or the internet.
Understanding your body reaction to different kinds of food is very important at this stage since it will dictate what to eat and what to avoid.
Ensure that you remain well hydrated. Drinking water and fluids will help your body stay hydrated and adapt easily to changes in atmospheric conditions (especially in the case of air flights). It will also help your stomach stay full and reduce the urge to eat while travelling.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and soda since they are likely to cause dehydration and travelling related complications.
Eat Breakfast At Home
Eating breakfast prior to travelling will help prepare your body for day-long activity. Eating breakfast at home will prevent binge eating later in the day, especially when you are bored in the car and have nothing else to do but eat.
Eating a good breakfast will also avoid the temptation of stopping at a hotel or fast food joint. This will directly translate to good time management during your trip.
Stay Well Nourished
Prior to and while travelling, one should eat healthy. Providing your body with proper nutrition will aid in normal bowel and immune function, which is vital during travelling since it will help your body resist infection.
Consuming plenty of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables (preferably organic for maximum nutrient absorption) will ensure that your immune system is strong and ready to fend off any potential bacterial wanderers.
Avoid Fast Food Joints
Despite offering an immediate solution to hunger, dinning at fast food joints will only make you more susceptible to disease and illness. Fast food joints carry foods that are high in cooked fats and sodium, two things that make our immune system weak. Stopping at a grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit is just as fast, and is a much safer and healthier option.
Eating healthy while travelling will help you stay fit and enjoy every moment that you spend while on your trip. Eating healthy should, however, not be restricted to travelling. It should also become part of your daily routine to ensure a healthy body.
About The Author: Perpetually bitten by the travel bug, Hannah has traveled across twenty states in India and Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and Australia. She shares her experiences best through writing and photography. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way of life and is a firm believer of serendipity and constant change.