Monday, October 13, 2008

Making Healthy Decisions While Traveling

Making healthy decisions while traveling can be one of the most difficult things to do in your life. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy choice is really not that difficult. Although, this is probably not the best time in which to start a healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your decisions slightly to accommodate travel is not as it first may seem.

If you are traveling by airplane, you will still be able to make a healthy choice. It may have to include airplane food, which can often be poor for your health, depending on the selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options. You may want to request vegetarian dishes. Vegatarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they will be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before your flight so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served, to feel full. Drink plenty of water. Water will also make you feel full.

When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the foods found there. Avoid this whenever possible! Prepare a carry on bag with fresh fruit, grains, of vegatables, and plenty of water. If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than one during a week can really be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts and water or juice.

Also, remember that you can take your own food when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread, pita wraps, crackers, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. This will also assure that you are making a healthy decision while Traveling.

Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in half and getting a doggie bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home.

Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. When you eat healthy foods, you will also fight illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will be more alert. Making Healthy decisions while traveling will also help you so that you can enjoy your vacations.

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