I just came back from Vegas, and man, did I win BIG! No, I didn’t bet it all on black and win the jackpot (although that would have definitely put a dent in some of my student loans), but I did stay fit and eat healthy while in Sin City. And that’s a serious win!
As many Fit Bottomed Girls (and guys) know, fitness and health don’t go out the door once you take a seat on the plane — but eating healthy while traveling does become much more challenging. And if you’re like me, the moment I step foot on the ground for my vacay, the weight starts creeping on—every taste turns into a bite, and every bite turns into a devour, and the next thing you know my conscious chants of “you’re on vacation…” are giving me an excuse to let my jeans get tight. So to help those fit-traveling junkies out there, I’ve put together a list of my unique and very unconventional tricks to getting through a trip with a consistent pant size and a small budget.
Eating Healthy While Traveling: 5 Tips
1. Use food as ice packs. It’s the best two-for-one deal in town! Frozen food will keep your food from spoiling, and when it defrosts, you have your next meal or snack. For my recent Vegas trip I froze pre-cooked chicken and sweet potato pancakes—yum!
2. Bring a can opener. Yes, they do go through airport security! This nifty tool allows for continuous canned options. My favorites are canned tuna and chicken.
3. Order a side of steamed veggies. Broccoli, asparagus, carrots…What’s your favorite? They all make great leftovers and healthy snacks.
4. Bring a bag of condiments and Tupperware. The Tupperware is great for the canned meat and extra steamed veggies. Oh! And let’s not forget the condiments like spice blends, herbs and mustard—sometimes all you need is to spice up your life. (Pun intended!)
5. Bring pre-measured snacks. Nuts, fruit, whatever holds you over! Since “vacation” usually means overindulging, pre-measured snacks help with portion control, and they give you an extra spurt of energy to get through all of your traveling excitement.
Hopefully these five tips will help you to stay focused on your health while on vacation. And the next time you decide to board a plane, take a look at the TSA’s list of Dos and Don’ts. You’ll be surprised to see all the things that can still go through airport security, including THE CAN OPENER!
How do you stay healthy when traveling? How much do you indulge? —Raquel