Are you traveling for the holiday season? What if we told you your vacation didn’t have to be the cause of you “falling off track”. Having fun and prioritizing your health don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Read on for our best travel tips to feel your best during the most wonderful time of the year.
Whether it’s a long car ride or a trip to the airport, the best thing you can do is plan ahead. Being fully stocked with nourishing snacks allows you to avoid quick stops for fast food or having to resort to the limited snack options at a gas station. We love snacks packed with healthy fats, fiber and protein to keep you full. Find our top snack recommendations and favorite snack combos in our free snack guide!
Don’t Forget to Hydrate
When on the go it’s easy to forget about something as simple as drinking water, but it makes a huge difference! Staying hydrated while traveling will help to prevent fatigue, keep your immune system strong and keep digestion running smoothly throughout your trip. Make it a priority to drink water in the morning before breakfast and keep it up throughout each day. We recommend consuming at least 64 fl oz of water, or 8 glasses, per day.
No, you don’t have to wake up at 6am for an early vacation weight lifting session, but there are other little ways to stay active that can make a huge difference on how you feel when traveling. If you’re somewhere warm go for a long morning walk on the beach! If not, bundle up and walk around to explore a new town/city. Both your body and mind will benefit from the extra steps and the fresh air. Walking is also a great way to get around during the holidays.
It is way too common to skip breakfast, especially when traveling! Eating a satisfying breakfast in the morning will prevent excessive snacking or overeating during the rest of the day. Also, starting the day with a meal will give you more energy to enjoy the days of your trip without feeling a midday crash. When it comes to breakfast: think protein, whole grains and fiber. Greek yogurt with granola and berries, or a veggie omelet with whole wheat toast are two great options.
Enjoy your vacation! It is way too easy to get caught up on a cycle of dieting before a trip then feeling like you fell off track after coming home. There is no need to restrict calories or try to “cleanse” after going away. Your body is perfectly capable of resetting itself and will thrive off of your normal routine rather than restriction following a vacation. Safe travels!
If you’re interested in learning how to build healthy eating habits as a family this holiday season, download our free resource Healthy Eating as a Family! In this guide, you’ll learn all about how to build healthy eating habits with ease, how to build more consistency in your routine, and how to to stay on track with your health goals while still enjoying yourself and your time this holiday season. This guide also provides nourishing recipes that makes cooking easy and stress free.
This article was written by Lindsey Moser, nutrition intern. Fact checked by Allison Tallman RD.