For most people, eating healthy while traveling is very hard. Trust me, if there is anyone that knows this, it is me. I've been traveling around the world since I was a teenager and eating healthy is not something that comes easy or naturally for me.
If you know me, then you know that I love to eat and that I can throw down. No leftovers here. Ever. Haha! And my favorite foods? The greasy salty stuff. I'll take burgers and fries, pizza, steak, ribs, potatoes, rolls any day. But as I've gotten older and as my body has had to adjust to having kids, I've had to change that. And although it may seem impossible to eat healthy while traveling, I'm here to tell you that it's not. If I can do it, then anyone can.
We went on a quick trip this week to California to make use of our Disneyland annual passes. We were there for just a couple of days, but we committed to eating healthy before we left and surprisingly, we were successful. I was so proud of us and I was especially proud of my hubby for being on board with me. There's just something about that Crossfit life that helps him to be "all in" when it comes to eating. (And for that I am grateful.) I know through experience, that if only one person is trying to eat healthy then it will surely be a struggle for the other person (at least that's how it is for me, anyway), so I am grateful that that was not the case for this trip.
We did eat out once for breakfast, but it was planned to cheat at least once on our trip. But isn't that so good considering that we had to eat 7 total meals while we were away? 6 out of 7 is definitely a win in my book!
We had Banzai Bowls in Huntington, Panera Bread by our hotel, fresh fruit at Disneyland, and we stocked up on Kind Bars (one of my favorite fix approved snacks), among other things. As you can see, it is possible to eat healthy on trips. It just depends how badly you want it. There are healthy options everywhere, you just have to be willing to see it. I will say this though, the decision to eat healthy on a trip needs to happen before you ever leave. Some trips we commit to it before we leave (and are successful) and others we don't because we plan for it to be a small break for us. It all depends on what you want to do and what your specific goals are.
If you are interested, I have a few tips:
- Walmart is going to be your best friend. That and a mini cooler bag. We always travel with one of these so we can keep fresh fruit and drinks cold. My kids love fruits so it's the easiest healthy snack we can possibly buy. We also get very thirsty when traveling so better to be prepared with the good stuff to not give in to the bad stuff. You can always expect to find us at Walmart a number of times during our trips.
- When eating at restaurants commit to eating something healthy before you even sit down. Go straight to the salad, sandwich, soup, and wrap sections of the menu before looking at anything else. Choose what you want then close the menu. Don't tempt yourself by skimming through all folds of the menu. 9 times out of 10 you will change your mind once you see something else that you like.
- Pack healthy food for the hotel room, but call to make sure there is a fridge beforehand. If they don't have one, then you'll have to utilize your handy dandy cooler bag by putting ice from the hotel in it. Hey, it still works.
- Research eating spots in the area before driving around to choose. I like to use Yelp to see what's good and to see what's close by so we can choose a healthy spot beforehand. There have been several times where we've left with the intention of eating something healthy, but have changed our minds once we see all the fast food places around. Better to have a plan before just going out. But even if you don't do that, you can usually always find a salad offered no matter where you go. (Just saying.)
- Remember portion control. Most places serve portion sizes that are double what we should be eating. So if I'm getting a steak or something, I'll usually save the other half to eat later. Not only does this keep you from eating too much and feeling overstuffed, it saves you money too! (Win-win, right?)
- And lastly, I'd say to indulge at least once on your trip. Save your cheat for that one place you are dying to go to and then eat it and enjoy it without any guilty feelings. You deserved that treat after all of your hard work and efforts to eat healthy. Life is to be enjoyed and if digging in to that hot fudge sundae is what you really want to do, then do it and love it! Remember, moderation in all things. ;)
Well that's all I have for now. Healthy travels, friends! Xo!