When you’re away from the comforts of your home, your kitchen and your refrigerator, it’s sometimes difficult to continue to eat healthy. This is so for many reasons, including not having the convenience of your stocked refrigerator, not having a proper kitchen to cook a healthy meal and the tempting convenience of picking up fast food because it’s cheap and quick. Being away from home, whether you’re just out at work or on a vacation far away, does not have to be a recipe for diet disaster. Instead, try some of these suggestions to eat healthy away from home.
One of the most important things you can do when you know you will be away from home is to plan ahead. This allows you the benefit of planning exactly what you will eat so that you won’t be tempted to eat junk food.
Bring Food from Home
Figure out what foods you can bring with you from your own refrigerator. If you’re just going to be away from home for work, pack your lunch, a bottle of water and a snack. This will stop the temptation to pick up fast food or get items from the vending machine. If you are going on vacation, bring foods that travel well. For example, bring a ziplock bag with berries, nuts or raw vegetables, like baby carrots. Bring fruits that have skins, such as a banana or apple.
Look up Menus Online
If you are going on vacation and know that you will not be able to cook your own food, one of the best things you can do is to plan where you will eat in advance. Look up the restaurants that are in the area where you will be staying, or even along the way if you are taking a road trip. Most restaurants have their menus posted online. Take a look at the menus and plan what you will order. This will allow you to know which restaurants don’t offer healthy options before going in without realizing this fact. This will also help you to resist the temptation to eat at an unhealthy place, since you already have your restaurant plans for the trip in hand.
Use the Microwave and Mini-Fridge
Many hotels offer microwaves and mini refrigerators in even their standard rooms. Use these appliances to your advantage. Stock your refrigerator with healthy drinks and snacks. Bottles of water, skim milk, fresh fruit, lettuce and salad dressing, yogurt and fat-free lunch meat are all great options. Making a sandwich is going to be a lot healthier than going to the drive-through. Remember to bring along paper plates and silverware, as most hotels do not provide these items. You can use the microwave for a healthier frozen meal, such as a Lean Cuisine, or to heat up other healthy dishes, like oatmeal.