It is that time of year when most people are traveling for the holidays. Whether you’re flying, going on a road trip, going on a cruise, staying in hotels, or going down the street for dinner, during the holidays it is easy to excuse your healthy habits. I’ve done that plenty of times. Until I realized feeling bloated and uncomfortable throughout the holiday wasn’t something I wanted anymore. It can be difficult because you may not have access to healthy restaurants or home cooked meals. So what do you do when you are in a situation where there may not be healthy options? Here are 5 traveling tips to stay healthier during the holiday season.

  1. Prepare:

Pack healthy snacks for traveling. Doesn’t matter if you are going to the airport or sitting in your car for hours, you can plan ahead to make sure you have what you need! Pack your own trail mix with raw nuts, have an apple, celery or a banana with travel size nut butter. You can make or buy hummus cups and dip your favorite veggies in it. Have a sweet tooth? Try something with dates. I love Lara bars when I’m craving something sweet and satisfying.

  1. Movement:

Motivate yourself to move just 15 minutes a day! If you are on a long road trip, stop a couple of times to walk around and stretch for a few minutes. If you are on a plane, walk down the aisle. After dinner with your social group, all go on a walk. My favorite thing to do with my family is to go on a hike. We get to feel physically better but the cherry on top is that we get to bond while doing this. I have always had the best conversations with my family when in nature.

  1. Hydrate!

Drinking water when traveling isn’t as easy because we don’t want to constantly be going to the bathroom. But your body does get used to it after awhile. You don’t want to get dehydrated. Try to drink 2 glasses of water before each meal. If you are going through security in the airport carry an empty water bottle so you can fill it up once you gone through security.

  1. Eat the healthier options before your entrée!

Eating your greens before your entrée will help you to fill up on the better choices. A salad or a vegetable appetizer will fill you up with nutrients good for you body. Try to stay away from the bread. It can be hard saying no but you will feel like you’ve made the right choice at the end of the meal.

  1. Scout out the area before you go:

There are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores that offer healthy choices. Before you get in your car, get on the plane, or travel other ways, map out the road you are taking or the location you are going to. If you are staying in a hotel, look for a place that has a fridge. Researching the area will help you to stay on your path to a healthier life.

The key to staying healthy over the holidays is to prepare. Preparation really is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Listen to your body and take care of yourself so you can fully enjoy your time away and come back home feeling refreshed. If things get tough remember to just take a step back and look at your options.

Happy and safe travels!

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