Diet & Nutrition – Eating On the Road

Although it’s hard to resist the temptation to indulge in food when traveling; an extra 10 pounds doesn’t have to be among the souvenirs you bring home. Here are some suggestions to keep your diet in control and your stomach healthy.

  1. Follow a diet close to the one you have at home.
  2. Request simple food preparations. Every meal need not be an extravaganza.
  3. Try eating your larger meals early in the day, rather than having them later in the evening. Calories consumed early are more likely to be burned off through activity.
  4. If you have special dietary needs, inform your hotel in advance. Airlines will also accommodate special dietary needs with vegetarian, sodium restricted, or Kosher meals.
  5. Buy fresh fruits or vegetables at a local market for nourishing snacks. Plan healthy snacks during travel. Avoid foods that are too salty or sweet.
  6. Engage in physical activity during your travels.
  7. Slow down your eating pace by chewing and swallowing each bite thoroughly before beginning another.
  8. Consider ordering “a la carte” to just get what you really want to eat.
  9. Avoid “All you can eat” restaurants.
  10. Look at the menu or call ahead to inquire about food selection before choosing a particular restaurant.

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Written by American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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