Plan Your Eating Habits While Traveling
Many people are very diet conscious at home but not on the road. When traveling, diets are often impossible to watch or they are even ignored. This is a problem because good eating habits are hard to develop. A brief trip can disrupt a diet and cause the traveler to gain weight. As well, after returning home, diets are often ignored for a time because now the bad eating habits have become dominant.
Instead, anyone watching their weight, or actively following a diet plan, should be extremely careful when traveling. The most important thing to consider is that there are many diet threats away from home. Your diet may be effective for you at home because you track portion size and contents. Restaurant meals are typically served in very large sizes. They often are made with excessive amounts of fat, salt and other non-dietary ingredients. Fine dining is often the worst because they contain a lot of butter, cream, bacon and salt. These ingredients are combined because the meal is guaranteed to be delicious.
Before going on a trip, anyone who is dieting should plan their eating habits in advance. Realize that it may be extremely difficult to adhere to your current diet. If the diet is working for you, deviating from the program while traveling will likely result in problems. Plan your meals to accommodate your existing diet as much as possible. This will often be difficult but not impossible. Even if you only loosely adhere to your diet while traveling, you will be much better off than if you completely abandon your diet. Importantly, when you return it should be easy to strictly comply with your diet again.
An important key to many diets is to consume food on a fairly regular schedule. This helps to combat over-eating. Scheduling your meals when traveling should be one of your top priorities. The simple practice of carrying cereal bars will help to balance your meals on the road. If your meal break time is delayed, you can stick to your diet schedule by eating one of your cereal bars. If you prefer, you can substitute your favorite quick, healthy snack instead of cereal bars.
Notice that bringing cereals bars on a trip can be problematic as well. You should check ingredients and avoid the sweet, salty, chocolate covered types and instead opt for high fiber, nutritious kinds. Certain energy bars are also quite good choices. When in a conference, class or convention, you may find that your regular meal time is delayed. If so, by eating your cereal bar, you quickly maintain your diet schedule. By doing so, you provide your body with calories that can be used immediately. When you do reach your delayed meal time, you will not be as hungry as a result of your cereal bar snack. This should allow you to avoid over-eating during your break.
At each meal during a trip, you should plan to watch what you eat, obviously. By eating cereal bars, or your alternate healthy snack, you will have staved off ravenous hunger. This is often an effective way to eat healthily while traveling. Next, analyze the meal choices during your breaks. Whenever you can, make a conscious effort to choose the most healthy options, just like you do when at home. When you have a choice, take meals that contain higher amounts of vegetables and lower amounts of fat. Choose a salad rather than fries or soups. Always have your salad dressing on the side and choose the lighter dressing. In many cases, this is the oil and vinegar type. Others, such as ranch, often contain a lot of oil, cheese, salt and other non-dietary ingredients.
Other good meal choices are grilled or baked meats rather than deep fried. Fish and chicken are often major components of diets but these good foods are often made much worse when breaded and deep fried. By choosing baked, you avoid extra calories in bread and oil, plus you often avoid salt and other harmful ingredients. Thankfully, good baked or grilled meals will be very flavorful.
Dessert is another major temptation that is often common during trips. Many meetings provide donuts, muffins or cookies, often at all times. Organizers know that people who eat are more attentive. This can make up for boring topics or presenters so food is provided. Unfortunately, such dessert items are usually loaded with sugar, oils and salt. Yes salt. The combination activates flavor receptors in the tongue. When traveling, you should realize that dessert items are likely quite harmful to your diet. Again, your own cereal bar, other other heathy snack, can help you to avoid the more harmful choices.
When you are on a trip, you should also realize that a little deviation from your diet is permissible, you should just choose wisely most of the time. If you are in a long meeting and donuts are provided, moderate yourself. Eat your own snack first. If you do eat a provided dessert, take the most diet conscious example. Jelly filled donuts are best avoided. Extremely large cookies are often bad as well. Do your own portion control. Take only one of the offered desserts and savor it. If there is only one left, avoid it or take it away with you as a last resort.
When water is offered during meetings, drink often. Most people do not drink enough water in a day and those traveling often drink less. This is really true when you travel to different climate areas. If your trip takes you to an area that is hotter than your home region, or the elevation is substantially different, your body may have a hard time adjusting. Add diet deviations and you could be in trouble. Drinking lots of water helps to help the body adjust to travel better.
Traveling while dieting is often much harder than dieting at home but with advance planning, you don't need to totally abandon your efforts. Heed some basic guidelines and you'll be able to be healthier on the road and re-establish your good diet habits when you return.