One of the primary physical problems that crops up during traveling is digestive issues and stomach upsets due to stress levels and poor eating habits, so knowing to plan ahead for your meals is a good way to promote healthy travel habits.
Why You Should Plan Ahead
All too often, we find yourself taking a long car ride and stopping two or three times a day for a fast food meal. It’s quick, it’s easy, and not difficult to eat on the go. Unfortunately, fast food – and even the meals served on airlines – aren’t the best quality and can start playing havoc with your digestive system quickly.
Don’t choose something high in sugar content. For breakfast, avoid things like pancakes covered in syrup or jelly; instead stick with some toast, eggs or even an omelet. Add some vegetables into the omelet for some added nutrients. Avoid greasy foods like sausage or huge beef patties, as those aren’t going to sit well on your stomach. To drink, get a glass of juice or water. If you’re someone who absolutely needs to have some kind of a soda with their restaurant meals, stick to sprite or other non-caffeinated drinks. Avoid coffee, dark sodas, orange juice (due to the citrus-y acid) and milk.
The general idea would be to stay away from fast food all together, but when you’re on the go or stuck in an airport with only thirty minutes before your next plane boards, you might not have much of a choice. Still, some fast food joints are better than others. Try a chicken sandwich made with grilled chicken instead of fried. Salads are available at most places, but avoid ones topped with too many things because they’re higher in fat. Ideally, look for a sub-shop. These are some of the healthier fast food places, if you stick to whole grain breads and plenty of veggies.
Eating at the Hotel
Although it’d be tempting to just place an order for a pizza or go to the nearest restaurant, you can save both your stomach and your wallet; take a trip to a local grocery store instead. There, you can buy ingredients to make sandwiches, along with fresh fruits, vegetables, or something healthy in the deli selection like a salad or some sliced turkey.
To hold you over between meals, snacks in the car or for the plane are a good idea, especially if you’re bringing along little ones who will undoubtedly want something to eat more frequently. If driving, bring along a small cooler with ice to keep some snacks cold. Wheat crackers, string cheese, sandwiches and fresh fruit are all good snack foods. Avoid potato chips and candy or other snacks high in sugar.
Stay far away from caffeinated drinks. Many people will drink more caffeine to try and keep themselves going, but while the high might be nice for an hour or so, the crash afterward can leave you crabby, irritable and not feeling so hot. Instead take along plenty of water. If you don’t care for the taste, buy some singles packets of powdered juice, preferably the “light” kind made with little to no sugar. You can add a packet to a bottle of water, and they come in a variety of flavors.
What we put into our mouths affects our moods and stress levels a lot more than most people might think. Keeping to healthier choices while traveling can greatly improve the time spent in the car, on the plane or in a train.