Living Healthy While Traveling
Living healthy while traveling can be hard.
I love food. I love traveling. I LOVE being lazy.
Currently, my boyfriend is working in Houston, TX helping a construction site recover after Hurricane Harvey. Which means I am kind of bi-city… heck I’m kind of bi-state for the next few months traveling back and forth between CA and TX.
With all of the airports and eating out, how is it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the go!? Let me tell you what I do.
Healthy Airport Food
LOL. Airports are not known for their health food. Heck, they are not even known for having affordable food. Airports like to jack up the costs of everything. Even Starbucks is more expensive at an airport.
So, how do we live healthy while traveling!?
- Eat before or on the way to the airport. Try your best to eat at home before heading off to the airport. If that is not possible, grab a salad at a fast food drive through and go super easy on the dressing and toppings. You can totally chomp that down on the way to the airport and while waiting in the TSA line.
- Every airport has a Starbucks. Even the teeny tiny Fresno airport (FAT) has a Starbucks. Starbucks has some great salads and some of the protein boxes are much healthier choices. Unfortunately, Starbucks is expensive as is and is even more expensive in an airport. So if you’re on a budget, grab a string cheese and a fruit cup. I also love their spinach, feta, and cage-free egg white wraps. At 280 calories, 19 g of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and a TON of flavor, you can’t really beat it. They also help to keep you full for long periods of time.
- If you’re at LAX there are great options such as Real Food Daily, Earth Bar, and Lemonade.
- If you are at Dallas Fort Worth there are options such as Artisan Market and Ice Box.
What about food at your destination??
Houston food is AMAZING… And I am a foodie through and through.
I am all about diving in to the local cuisine and stuffing my face with everything. In fact, before coming to Houston, I followed at least eleven Houston foodies on IG. Last night I had a Tex-Mex-Cajun cross over meal. Fries smothered in gravy, roast beef, and queso. A shrimp po’boy with a delicious spicy, horse radish-y sauce, and classic shrimp gumbo. It was heaven.
So how do I indulge on all of my Tex-Mex dreams without growing my hips?
- I stop eating when I’m full. I eat slow and stop when I begin to feel full. My first sign is that I get even slower at eating. That’s when I know my brain and my stomach are beginning the debate of “Stop, you’re getting full!” and “But its sooooo good!”
- Water. Lots and lots of water. Every time I eat out, I drink my water like a fish. Or like something that drinks a lot of water because I’m not sure if fish actually drink water. Anyways, my waiter/waitress will refill my glass at least four times. AT LEAST. I honestly drink so much water at restaurants; to the point where I’m shaking and shivering. This helps me feel fuller faster and spend a little less time shoveling food into my face.
- Salad for lunch. Always. I ensure that I get my greens in and lunch is the best time to do that on vacation. Dinner is usually when we eat the fancy food and lunch is usually a quick, casual thing so its the perfect time for a salad. Salads are packed with nutrients and fiber to help keep you regular while out and about if you know what I mean.
Traveling is almost a better excuse to get in those steps.
Think twice before you rent that car or go on that bus tour. You have the perfect transportation device already: your legs. Most cities now even having bike share programs or really affordable bike rentals.
I went to Seattle in October and basically walked from West Seattle to the space needle and back. I got in over 27,000 steps and it felt AMAZING. Not to mention, I saw a lot. I really got a good feeling of the city.
Recently, we went to San Antonio. Let me tell you, we got our steps in along that Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is gorgeous and I highly recommend visiting, especially during Christmas time. The lights are indescribable. Also exploring up above helped too. We walked the Alamo, and learned a lot of the history.
Also, check out the hotel gyms! I had a gorgeous view from my hotel gym in San Antonio and amazing views from every hotel I’ve stayed at in San Francisco. A bird’s eye view of the city from an elliptical really makes the cardio more enjoyable.
Healthy While Traveling is possible.
Get your steps. Hit the hotel gym. Eat salads once a day. Drink plenty of water. Eat slow and stop when your full. Its as simple as that.
Comment below and let me know your tips and tricks or if you follow any of these guidelines. I’d love to hear from you!