Although I love to travel, I don’t always love the unhealthy eating options that I find when on the road. If you have plans to attend any of the upcoming spa shows or just planning a little getaway, you may be wondering how you’re going to maintain your good eating habits, particularly when frequent airport delays and a lack of onboard choices conspire to drive you to choose junk food over more sustaining fare. Christy Maskeroni, nutritionist at CLAY (New York City), shares these tips for keeping your eating in check while in transit:
- Pack easy-to-go meals and snacks, such as raw nuts and dried fruit, sliced vegetables, and whole-grain cereal.
- Opt for healthy items found at most terminals and stations, such as a turkey and chicken sandwich, nonfat or lowfat yogurt and fruit, salad, and pretzels.
- Look at all your options and get some exercise in the meantime. Chances are, there is a perfectly healthy option if you take the time to look.
- If you are on a flight where meals are going to be served, call the airline ahead of time. Most offer meals that are lowfat, gluten-free, low sodium, and vegetarian. You can also opt out of the meal altogether and pack your own.
- Stay mindful. Although eating unhealthy foods while traveling may be easy, it won’t make traveling fun.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Choose water and herbal teas over alcohol or sugary sodas.
- When eating at restaurants, choose meats that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached, or roasted. Ask for vegetables that are steamed rather than sautéed or fried. And always ask for dressing on the side.