Whether you put the rubber to the road, cruise to exotic places, or take a plane or train, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet. One of the perks of traveling is experiencing the local cuisine. Ironically, sampling the local cuisine presents the quandary of potential weight gain. Here are handy tips for healthy eating while traveling.
Breaking the Fast
You’ve heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It literally translates to “breaking the fast” after not eating since dinner the night before. Not only does breakfast jump-start your metabolism, but it also provides essential fuel (energy) you will need to enjoy a fun-filled vacation.
Take a pass on the buffet and order from the menu. Your food will be fresh and hot. Select high protein breakfast foods, such as an omelet with ham, cheese, spinach, and mushrooms; add a side of whole grain toast and a bowl of fresh fruit.
Consider this: People who omit breakfast are at greater risk of obesity.
Warning: Food Tours Can Be Addictive
Abstaining from exotic foods while traveling is like eating plain spaghetti without meatballs or sauce. A guided food tour permits you to sample a multiplicity of gastronomic delights. To sweeten the pot, you will engage with interesting locals and get a taste of the area’s culture and architecture.
Culinary-related travel is peaking, which means you’ll likely find food tours no matter the destination. Yet, the concept is still novel enough that your circle of friends will be envious because you “went there and did that” before them.
Two saving graces about food tours: most are walking tours, so that you can burnoff calories between destinations, and restaurants usually serve small plates of their signature dish. However, if your tour consists of five or more stops, you’ll consume plenty of food.
Get Active Post-Splurge
After pampering your inner food artisan, schedule your time to revolve around activities the following day. Take a hike or go rock climbing. Rent a bicycle and pedal around the area. Join a non-food-related walking tour and view the city’s landmarks. Try skydiving or snorkeling.
Food is a star attraction on cruise ships—just ask anyone who loves cruises. The buzz about multiple dinner entrees is true. In the main dining room, you can order all the entrees you want.Just be prudent and don’t waste food because “your eyes were bigger than your stomach.”
Suppose the entrees consist of prime rib, grilled salmon,and turkey and dressing; rather than ordering all of the main dishes, request appetizer portions. If you dislike something, your server will remove the offender and exchange it for a different dish.
Cruise ship dining is food eaten the way food is intended to be eaten. Dining rooms are luxurious and the atmosphere is friendly. Servers don’t hover and never make you feel rushed. (Eating slowly allows the stomach time to notify the brain that it is full.)
As a lovely ending to your leisurely meal, you may also order two or three desserts, if desired. How about choosing one dessert that appeals to you instead? You also can request a half-portion of a decadent dessert and then congratulate your healthy self.
Consider this: Many cruise ships are getting onboard with healthy eating. In the meantime, eschew fried foods, heavy sauces/gravies, calorie-packed burgers, and the like.
Starting a diet when you travel is not the best idea. Guilt can ruin your vacation. Just make smart choices about food with the intention of maintaining your healthy weight.