Being on the road can take it’s toll on all those good intentions of eating healthy and staying fit. I’ve learned to avoid fried foods, refined sugar, carbonated soft drinks and trans-fats as much as possible. Too many people are obsessed with counting calories, while not enough people pay attention to counting chemicals of their over-processed fast food. That being said – don’t get discouraged if you “cheat” once in a while on your diet, especially while traveling or on vacation. Just remember each day is a new day, and move on.
Here’s a list of some tips I’ve used that helped me stay healthy while away from the familiarities of home. They can be used all around the world!
- Don’t skip breakfast! It’s the meal that will keep you going all day long.
- Drink eight or more glasses of water a day. Drink at least one glass before every meal. Water helps flush out toxins and also helps limit your appetite.
- Avoid going anywhere, especially parties where there’s easy access to food, on an empty stomach. Eat a salad and drink a glass of water before you go.
- As soon as you are done eating, leave the table so you won’t pick at your food.
- When you eat at a restaurant, ask for all sauces and dressings on the side and use them sparingly.
- Try on new clothes while you’re out shopping. This is one of the best self-motivating tools you can use to eat right.
- Take only half of what your appetite calls for. You’ll be surprised that you may not want a second serving or side dish.
- Be aware that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to recognize that you’re full. The key is to eat slowly. If you eat too fast, you’ll simply out race your body’s internal controls.
- Brush your teeth after eating so you won’t eat anymore.
- Read ingredient labels, especially when grocery shopping in an unfamiliar store.