How do you continue your healthy eating habits while traveling? Well, it’s tricky. I traveled last week and found it to be extremely difficult. I also lost a half pound becaue I refused to eat total junk. I would just rather not eat than put toxic food into my body, which is what most food is out there on the road or in an airport.
Here are some things I did to do the best I could. First, I packed some nuts and carrots in a small ziplock. They were not taken away from me at security. Only my water bottle was. So, I bought another one once I got passed security. I also brought a long a Cliff Builder Bar. It was a good thing. I had a layover in Denver for a couple of hours during lunchtime. There was no way in heck I was going to eat at a McDonald’s airport or any other fast food place there. So, I ate my homepacked snacks. These held me over and gave me the nutrition I needed. I was not able to eat again until later that evening when I arrived to my final destination.
I was staying with a friend who’s eating habits were not the same as mine. She was kind enough to ask me before I flew out if I had a specific diet or there was anything I would not eat. I let her know I prefer to stay away from any foods containing hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, anything fried, and white carbs have never sat well with me. These were my biggest no-no’s. I was able to stick with this almost the entire trip. Now, I could not eat organic (like I usually do) on the trip, and I did not get as many fruits and veggies as I normally do, but I made do. One other thing is I am used to eating small meals every two to three hours, but sometimes many hours went by before I was able to eat a meal. One evening, my friend and her husband did not make dinner until 9:30 p.m. That was way off from what my body is used to, and it is not a good idea to eat dinner late at night.
We spent one day at the Slitterbaun waterpark in New Braunfels, TX. My friend packed lunches and snacks for us. I ate a lot of the fresh apple slices, trail mix, and for lunch, I rolled up the turkey and cheddar cheese slices, squirted on some mustard, and left out the bread. Later in the day I bought a roasted corn on the cob that was delicious. So, I did okay and ate as well as I could.
Traveling back home was the hardest. The morning before I left, my friend, another friend, and her whole family got together for a big, homemade breakfast. My friend’s mom cooked a breakfast for us she used to make on the weekends when we were growing up together. It consisted of homemade biscuits made with pure white shortening and white flour, she fried up some bacon and sausage, hashbrowns, and scrambled eggs. There was nothing healthy about it in the least. This is the one time I gave in and ate all that was placed before me. Sometimes you just need to show manners no matter what, and it was like old times. It was very special having breakfast togehter again like we used to when we were so much younger. I will admit, I felt really sick after eating that breakfast, but those biscuits sure were tasty, no matter how toxic the ingredients. On the flight layover I had no healthy snacks left with me and once again, it was just after lunchtime. I had a small bag of roasted peanuts on the first flight, and they were okay, but that was not quite enough. I looked around the airport hoping some place would have fruit, but found nothing. I almost stepped into Mc Donald’s to buy some apple slices, but just could not bring myself to support that place. If you are able to walk in and support Mc D’s, then the bag of apples would be a good choice (leave out the caramel), and probably the only good one. Beware the salads, they put in a ton of sugar to make them taste sweet. Give me a break! I did find a Starbucks, and they had yogurt and fruit parfaits. I was really wanting fruit, so I bought the parfait without even reading the ingredients first. I just figured a Starbucks parfait would be healthy. Well, I read the ingredients after I started eating it and one of the first ingredients was HIGH FRUCTOSE corn syrup. UGH!!!! So, I ate only the blueberries and strawberries out of there and threw away the rest. Then, I had another bag of peanuts on the plane. By this point, I just desperately wanted to get back home and get back to my normal nutrition.
It took me a few days to recover, but the body is resillient. My body survived and I appreciated my healthy at home diet all the more. So, all I can say is when you are traveling, try to be concsious of what you are eating. Don’t just totally give in and eat whatever comes along. You can still be careful and make some semi-decent choices. You don’t have to go all out for every meal and eat all the crap that is out there. If you are staying in a hotel, ask at the front desk if there is a grocery store nearby. Go there and make some healthy choices you can have for breakfast and lunch, then go ahead and splurge a little for dinner by eating out. You want to have plenty of energy for having fun on your vacation, so making the best healthy eating choices you can is a must.
My story may sound a bit extreme, and maybe I am a bit extreme. But, my diet was so completely unhealthy for so many years, and it caused so many health problems for me, that I will NEVER EVER go back to that again in my life. I will do all I can to provide my body with the best nutirtion possible to make up for all those years I ate so poorly. All I care about is quality of life and energy to raise my kids and be productive in my everyday life. I know I will die one day and that my life is just a vapor here on earth. I look forward to the day I meet my Father, and God in heaven. But, while I am here I want to respect this body God gave me and provide a healthy environment for my spirit to reside. I have come to respect this temporary body God has given me, and am so grateful and thankful God has provided me the means to be able to do that. I hope all of you will do the same. Have safe and healthy travels this summer!