On the Road – healthy travel tips

July 18, 2012

in Tips & Tricks

As you get ready to pack up and get on the road this summer for a little R&R, no need to abandon your healthy diet.

Especially for those of us with chronic conditions, going on vacation may seem like more of a chore than a break from the daily grind, as you will most likely need to do quite a bit of planning to make sure you don’t fall off the wagon.

Here’s a couple of my favorite tips to keep you feeling good both during and after your trip, no matter where you’re headed:

Learn the lay of the Land

Before you set off on your adventure, find out what your options might be once you get there. Check out The Happy Cow for Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant options in most cities, and google health food stores for stocking up on snacks and essentials you might have forgotten.

Pack some Greens

MacroGreens are individual serving packets of greens and veggies that are a great way to supplement an often lacking diet while traveling. They’re gluten free, vegan and super alkalizing while providing 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in one packet. I like to keep a stash in my carry-on and pour it into my water bottle for a quick shot of nutrients.

Snack Attack

I never leave home without a bag of raw nuts or if I’m flying, I even pack a tupperware of leftovers to eat in the air. Who wants to eat that nasty airplane food? A recent snack discovery that travels well are SeaSnax which are crunchy, light, nutritious and not heat sensitive.

Feed the Habit

If you’re ambitious, and can’t bear to abstain from your daily green smoothie habit, bring your own mini blender and find a local health food store or Whole Foods wherever you may be traveling and whip up a fresh dose of smoothie goodness on the road. For my daily favorite green smoothie, click >>here<<.

Be Curious

Don’t be afraid to ask for *special* treatment in restaurants and hotels. In my experience, restaurants are very accommodating if you ask them for a simple vegetable plate (steamed or grilled, not fried) and a slice of lemon. In a pinch that should do, and you can always add a squirt of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (a gluten free, sugar free soy sauce) to dial up the flavor. I try to keep a small bottle of that stuff in my bag as well.

Breakfast of Champions

For an easy breakfast on the road, pack single serving packets of Gluten Free Oats and mix with some water or nut milk, throw in some of those raw nuts and a piece of fruit, and you’re good to go.

Ask for Advice

When I’m in a new city, I always ask the locals for recommendations for healthy restaurant options. More often than not this is how I end up finding the best food options, and people are always happy to help.

Probiotic

Make sure you pack a good, heat proof probiotic such as my fave Florestor to keep your digestion hummin’ while you’re out there exploring the world. Our bodies and digestive systems are very sensitive to any sort of change, including travel, stress and foreign foods. A probiotic can help mitigate digestive issues and keep you enjoying your vacation.

Water Bottle

One thing that quickly goes out the window when traveling is drinking enough water. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated, so I’d recommend packing a good reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.

With these simple tips traveling should be a breeze, so you can relax and really get the break you deserve.

Safe travels, friend!

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Kristin July 19, 2012

Does this mean you have all of the essentials packed for the Grassroots festival for me? I was going to go shopping before we hit the road, but it looks like you have it covered:-)

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ursula soutter August 7, 2012

could you use cacao butter instead of almond butter

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