Maintaining a healthy diet as a world traveller can be difficult. Travelling can be a great opportunity to try new foods and experience different cultures. However, it is important to be mindful of the impact of our food choices on our health and well-being. However, we still have to EAT. The desire to sample exotic local cuisines can quickly lead to unhealthy eating habits. Those ‘all you can eat’ buffets or convenient and quick ‘eat street’ vendors, while handy and easy on your wallet, don’t always offer healthy choices when we travel. Fortunately, many ways exist to remain healthy while enjoying various countries’ culinary offerings. We offer five practical tips for eating healthier on your worldly travels. Cheque, please!
Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals while travelling is tempting, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. This, however, can lead to overeating later in the day or unhealthy food choices due to hunger. To avoid this, eat at regular intervals throughout the day.
Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast like oatmeal, yogurt, or eggs. These foods will keep you full for longer and provide the energy you need for a day of exploring. For lunch, choose a salad or sandwich with lean protein, such as chicken or turkey. Finally, limit your dinner options to grilled meats, seafood, or vegetable dishes.
Be mindful of portion sizes
Portion sizes vary greatly from country to country, and it’s easy to overdo it with large serving sizes. Overeating, on the other hand, can lead to weight gain and other health issues. To avoid this, watch your portion sizes when dining out.
Consider splitting meals with your travelling companions or requesting a smaller portion. Avoid ordering extra-large drinks or sides, as these can quickly add up in calories. If you are unsure about the portion sizes, consult your server.
Always plan ahead
Planning ahead of time is essential for eating healthy while travelling. Before leaving on your trip, research the local cuisine and food options. This will give you an idea of what to expect and allow you to make more informed food choices. Look for restaurants or cafes that serve healthy options like salads, grilled meats, and vegetable dishes.
If you are on a specific diet, such as the keto diet, consider using services that get keto meals delivered to your hotel room or Airbnb, for instance. This way, you can ensure you adhere to your dietary restrictions and avoid undesirable foods.
Try to stay hydrated
It is critical to stay hydrated while travelling to maintain good health. It can aid in preventing dehydration, fatigue, and other health issues. Furthermore, drinking water can help you feel full and avoid overeating.
Always carry a water bottle and refill it regularly throughout the day. Consider purchasing bottled water if you’re travelling around a country where tap water is unsafe. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit juice, which are high in calories and contribute to weight gain.
Indulge in moderation
Finally, while travelling, indulging in local cuisines and treats is acceptable. However, it is critical to do so in moderation. Instead of indulging in unhealthy foods daily, limit them to once or twice a week.
Choose smaller portions or share them with your travel companions when indulging. In addition, make healthier choices throughout the day to balance your indulgences. If you had a rich dessert for lunch, choose a salad or grilled fish for dinner.
It can be difficult to eat healthy while travelling, but it is not impossible. You can enjoy your travels while staying healthy by planning ahead of time, not skipping meals, being mindful of portion sizes, staying hydrated, and indulging in moderation. Happy and healthy travels!
Peter is an LGBT travel and lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Besides writing, he also worked as a freelance fashion stylist for many magazines. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second-hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter below for more tips.