Eating healthy can be a challenge when traveling extensively. Making a few simple changes in your travel routine will help you maintain a more nutritious diet.

Do you do a lot of work-related traveling? Do you find yourself eating a lot of fast food, feeling fatigued often, or gaining or losing weight? Maybe all of the above? If so, maybe it's time to re-evaluate your travel habits. Here are a few small steps you can take toward better nutrition and health on the road.

Ditch the Greasy Fast Food

Very simple, of course: steer clear of places that will hand you a thousand-calorie burger for under two bucks. That's about half of your entire daily recommended calorie intake, at least. Go to the places with healthier options, such as sandwich shops that offer lower-calorie meals and whole grain breads.

Supermarkets are also an excellent alternative, believe it or not. Many have salad bars, and a box of granola bars or cereal bars is a healthier (and more-for-your-money) investment than a doughnut or any other pastry from the bakery. Plus, many granola bars contain chocolate chips or are drizzled in frosting without adding on too much in the calorie department, so you'll get a small sugar fix if you need it.

Resist the Temptation to Snack on Junk Food

When you get hungry, reach for an apple, then wait fifteen minutes to a half hour. Chances are you won't feel as hungry once the time is up, and you'll be less inclined to grab vending machine food like bags of chips or candy bars. If you absolutely must have some junk food, however, go for baked potato chips, which are less greasy than regular potato chips. Drink diet soda or flavored sparkling water, and eat small portions of whichever candy you crave. 100-calorie packs of favorite sweet treats are becoming trendy, so that is also a healthy alternative.

Other Useful Advice

Here are some additional tips that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle when traveling:

  • Drink plenty of water. This is a tried and true fact: water is essential for staying healthy. Drink at least eight glasses a day.
  • Start taking some sort of multi-vitamin or supplement, or eat foods and drink beverages rich in nutrients, such as salad or orange juice.
  • Keep gum nearby. It can help quell any temporary temptations to eat something sweet.

Putting just one of these tips to use can help you develop better eating habits when traveling for business or even for fun. Chances are you will feel healthier and more energized, making you much better prepared to handle a more hectic schedule.

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