I know it’s been a while since I posted. I recently started a new day job and my life and energy has been focused on learning a lot of new processes. So when I was contacted by a fellow blogger about sharing some of his healthy travel tips with you, I decided it would be a great opportunity to keep my blog moving along. I’m also excited to meet new people. He has a lot of experience in ways I do not, so I’m very interested in what he has to share. I introduce you to:
Cole Millen, is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.
Healthy Options for Your Vacation
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If you’re like many people, you’ve probably worked really hard to shed those excess pounds before your upcoming trip. It would be a shame to undo that hard work during your vacation. Luckily, there are ways to eat healthy while on vacation. Below are some tips for a healthy vacation.
The first diet saboteur is the airport. To offset the allure of their fast food options, be sure to eat a healthy meal prior to your arrival at the airport. Of course, you may be there for an extended period for layovers or delays. If this is the case, seek out the healthy options: salads, fruit cups, or baked chicken. Avoid fried foods. However, the best thing to do is pack a snack: dried fruit or nuts are a great source of energy and protein, and they are convenient to carry. Also, burn some extra calories by using the stairs, if you can carry your luggage. If you have time before your flight, use it to walk around the airport. This will keep you energized for your trip.
You’ve landed, and now you’re checking into the hotel. The concierge offers you the key to the minibar. Remember: alcoholic beverages can contain even more calories than a meal. If you refuse the key, then the temptation won’t be a problem. Once you’re settled into the hotel, scope out an area health store, so you can stock up on healthy snacks to eat in your room. Instant soups and oatmeal’s are quick and easy to prepare. Traveling with a crockpot is an option too, allowing you to prepare healthy meals like chicken, rice, and vegetables easily. When ordering room service, always look at the menu for the healthy options, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask. Many places will accommodate your request. Even if they can’t accommodate your exact request, they’ll likely offer something similar.
When planning a trip, it is a good idea to compare the area hotels and restaurants to find which places will accommodate you best. Once you choose your destination, a Google search will likely reveal the hotels in the area. Most information you’ll need can be found on the hotels’ websites, but often times they can be misleading. I’ve found consumer reviews to be extremely helpful in this aspect of planning. On my latest trip I was traveling to Sin City and was extremely worried about being able to maintain my healthy lifestyle in this buffet ridden city. With a little research I found a great site called Gogobot that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding their amenities and services as well as the restaurants in the nearby area. This made it easier than ever to remain healthy even in this nutrition lost city.
Finding a healthy restaurant can be difficult. You’ll want to avoid buffets and fast food restaurants. Seafood restaurants and salad bars are typically healthy options. Before leaving your hotel, it’s a great idea to check the restaurants’ menus for the healthiest options. Remember to eat an apple before you leave for dinner. That’ll cut down on the urge to munch before your meal.
You’ve made it to the restaurant. Remember there are safe words and warning words throughout the menu. Safe words include: baked, boiled, broiled, fat free, fresh grilled, high fiber, light, multi grain, steamed, whole wheat, etc. Warning words are basted, battered, breaded, buttered, cheese, creamy, fried, etc. Stay wary and steer clear of items containing those warning words.
When ordering, stick with the leaner meats and have vegetables as your sides. A good rule of thumb is to aim for bright colored foods on your plate. Bright colored items are typically the healthiest. Also, remember to remove the skin from your chicken to cut out those calories.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to keep off the pounds you’ve lost for your trip, and you’ll return home feeling great.
Thanks for sharing your tips Cole. I’m sure a lot of people will be traveling this coming week to celebrate the 4th of July!
Happy Independence day and healthy travels to you all!