I have some exciting travel plans coming up next month to Milan, Italy to teach my Nourishing Weight Loss Method at a wellness resort, and visit my gorgeous daughter who is also there (Bonus seeing my baby girl!)! I thought I'd share with you my top 5 tips for healthy travel.
As a Health Coach I prefer my meals to be home cooked, but when traveling it just can't always be that way right, so I do the next best things to keep me healthy and that's what I am going to share with you today.
1. Plan ahead: Before you leave home pack a lunch box, or a cooler bag that you can use once you get to your destination. For example I bring with me everywhere I go, one of those insulated cooler bags so that I can go to the grocery store and bring what I need into my room. That way no matter where I am I can stock healthy options in my room and make empowered choices that support my goals.
2. Go grocery shopping when you get to your destination: This is the most helpful tip that I can give you. I live by this rule, when I get to my destinations it is one of the first things I do, go shopping! Don't leave nutrition to chance. Often times we are limited to hotel or resort restaurants and it doesn't leave us many options, at least when you go to the grocery store or local farmers market, you can pick up healthy snacks, so at the very minimum you aren't starving and over-eat when you do get to the restaurant.
3.Pack healthy snacks: I hosted a Facebook Live video when I got into my room a few months back, and shared with you exactly what I brought with me, so if you have a few minutes to spare go check it out, (I go into more detail about brands). My go-to snacks are usually green juice, kombucha and sparkling probiotic drinks, raw almonds, individually wrapped almond butter, cracked steel cut oats for overnight oats, fresh blueberries, bananas, nuts and seeds trail mix. Most of them are easy to carry, and keep easily in the hotel room or cooler.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want: I love, love ordering room-service in, it's one of my favorite things to do when I travel. It gives me a chance to decompress after a long day of travel and get ready for the next few days of business. I search the menu for the best whole food option, order side dishes if they don't have a meal that fits exactly what you need. I usually need a little extra fiber when I travel so I tend to go with the cobb salad, no bread. It usually comes with large selection of fresh veggies and nutrients like tomato, avocado, farm fresh whole eggs, grilled chicken and I simply asked for no cheese or bacon. When going out to eat just ask the food server to leave out the foods you know won't be beneficial for your weight loss goals. Eating healthy while traveling is really easy to do once you decide you are going to do it.
5. Move your body: Get moving before the conference or after. Go for a brisk walk, go to the hotel gym, run up and down the flight of stairs, whatever you need to do, do it. One of the best workouts I have ever gotten was at a hotel that had 15 floors, I spent forty-five minutes going up and down the stairs...needless to say my legs were screaming and I certainly got my blood pumping. As a mom being out of town actually frees up more time for me to workout, so take advantage of the time and move your body, clean your blood and breathe in the clean oxygen your body needs, your health will thank you for it.
Blessings in Health, Happiness and Empowered Choices!