There is perhaps no greater test of how committed you are to your health habits than travelling. Being out of your regular routine, eating
in restaurants and socializing with others — all without the comforts of home — can be a perfect storm for eating junk food, skipping workouts and staying up way too late.
If this sounds like you, please know you’re not alone! Maintaining good eating, moving and sleeping habits while on vacation or away from home is one of the biggest stumbling blocks I hear about from clients. And I’ve experienced it, too.
Luckily, there are some creative ways to feel well on the road. Pack a cooler and utensils. It may sound obvious, but access to healthy snacks can either make or break your experience. Fill it with whole foods that travel well like raw veggies, muffins, pancakes, energy balls, hard-boiled eggs, jerky, apple chips, cheese, Greek yogurt, trail mix, fruit and dark chocolate. Throw in some condiments like guacamole, salad dressing, mayonnaise and salsa for ready-made meals or snacks on a moment’s notice.
Eventually you will have to eat at a restaurant. Do not panic. There are always healthy options, even if it means having to ask for them.
Here are my favourite “special requests” at restaurants.
- Can the kids please order off adult menus? (Let’s face it, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, chicken fingers, spaghetti and fries that comprise nearly every kids’ menu don’t exactly scream nutrient density!)
- Can you please hold the breadbasket? Ditto for croutons?
- Is it possible to have a grilled chicken breast instead of the breaded one?
- Do you have oil and vinegar dressing? And could I please have that on the side?
As for staying active, try these tips.
- Get a hotel with a pool. Particularly for those with young children, this tip will keep you active for hours!
- Check out your hotel’s exercise room for a brief, high-intensity weight workout or long, slow cardio session.
- Discover your surroundings. Is there a mountain to climb? A trail to jog or hike? A beach to sprint or toss a flying disc? A lake to swim in? A park to chase your kids around
- Checkout the city on a bike or on foot. Most cities now have affordable bike drops that allow you to do your own exploring on wheels powered by you. Or kick it back old school with a comfortable pair of walking shoes. It’s always surprising how much ground can be covered on foot.
Once you know a few simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to return home from stints away feeling just as amazing as when you left.
Road Trip Recipe 101
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 3 dozen
- 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or almond butter if no nut allergies)
- 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut, shredded
- 8-10 figs or dates
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1-2 scoops protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
Mix all ingredients in food processor until paste forms. Form into bite-sized balls.
Eat immediately or freeze to make them last longer!
Originally Published: October 14, 2017
Carolyn Coffin, Contributor and Health Coach at Eat Real Food Academy
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Carolyn Coffin empowers people to crave the foods that help them thrive. A former physiotherapist turned health coach and educator, Carolyn uses a unique blend of nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset coaching to help her clients feel their best. She works privately with people all over North America and offers an engaged online community and affordable group coaching through her website eatrealfoodacademy.com. Carolyn enjoys going for a run in the great outdoors, visiting her local farmers’ market, and living a healthy lifestyle with her family.
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