Eating while on the go can be a very difficult thing for many women who are trying to keep track of their diet. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure there any many things you can do to stay on track.
Snacks like nuts, fruit or protein bars are great. They will keep you full without adding much fat or calories to your diet. There are many protein bars or “health” bars that are designed for women like Luna and LaraBar. Both come in many flavors and are usually inexpensive.
If you are lucky enough to be able to keep a cooler in your vehicle, or an insulated lunch bag, you can expand the amount of snacks especially in warmer climates where food my go bad.
Eat In Big Cities!
If you are traveling by car plan to stop in larger metropolitan areas. These areas will usually have more options for fast food such as Chipotle, Noodles & Company or Subway.
Using websites like Yelp or applications on your phone, you may also be able to find local restaurants that feature healthy menus. With the rise of vegetarian and vegan diets, more establishments have been changing their meals to accommodate those needs.
Read Before You Eat
If you have to eat at a McDonalds or Burger King, research the calorie information before you order. It might be surprising to find that some salads have more fat or calories than their “double Big King McBurger”.
There are also ways to make their unhealthy foods healthier. For burgers or chicken sandwich, have them hold mayonnaise and cheese but pile on the vegetables. A great idea for those watching carbs is to discard the top bun.
Many establishments will also allow you to order a "lunch" portion during the dinner hours. This can save hundreds of calories during your trip and help you avoid over eating.
When traveling, it is very common to become dehydrated. Combine natural dehydration with increased amounts of soda from fast food restaurants and you can be in a world of danger.
A great solution is the water bottles with built in filters that allow you to refill your bottle at rest stops. If you are looking for a drink that has flavor, look to the right of left of the water to find alternatives such as flavored water, tea or fruit drinks.
Staying hydrated will also ward off hunger spells and keep cravings to a minimum.
Set An Alarm
It is easy to lose track of time while traveling. Use your cell phone to keep a reminder to eat every two hours. Try if you can to continue to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time you would if you were still at home.
By keep a schedule similar to your normal you will help avoid cravings for sweets or salty foods that are not usually part of your diet.
Eating healthy while traveling can be a very difficult challenge, but with these tips you will keep the unwanted calories far away from your diet so you can keep your hard work up!