Healthy travel is a little tricky but absolutely doable if you’re committed and have the essential tools you need to keep you energized, hydrated and feeling great.
Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, my personal tips will give you the tools you need so that you’ll stay on track with your healthy eating and maintaining that healthy lifestyle you’re used to back home.
Since I’ve done many trips interstate for work, I’ve already learnt the art of staying healthy despite not always having easy access to all of the healthy wholefoods I usually eat.
Here is my simple 7-step plan you can easily integrate while away from home to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs and to keep you energised and hydrated.
1. CHOOSE TO STAY IN A SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT OR HOTELIn my opinion, this is probably the most important lesson I've leant over my years of travelling. Staying in accomodation facilities where you are able to prepare food yourself can be lifesaving. Most also have a decent sized gym if you choose to do some indoor cardio or weights.
Cooking for yourself and knowing exactly what food you are putting into your body is the key to good health. I aim to check out any fresh food markets in the area or good quality supermarkets that stock the produce I need. I keep it simple and make soups and vegetable based meals that only need a few minutes to prepare.
Cooking for yourself and knowing exactly what food you are putting into your body is the key to good health.
2. STOCK YOUR FRIDGE WITH THE BASICS
Once you reach your destination....especially if you're staying in a place for longer than a few nights.... I will often seek out natural food stores and stock my fridge with essentials such as almond milk for my morning shakes or matcha tea, Greek style or coconut yoghurt, fresh lemons, almond butter, fresh fruit - I'm loving kiwi fruit, banana and blueberries at the moment! These items are like my essentials that make me feel at home and nourished.
3. SUPERCHARGE YOUR DIET WITH ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENTS
I always pack some of my Healthy Chef functional food products including Organic Green Smoothie, which is your blend of organic green vegetables with probiotics as well as Healthy Chef Protein that makes a convenient meal replacement when I'm rushed for time or on the plane and need something clean and healthy. I normally pack a smaller bag for the plane carry on and the larger items of sups in my stored luggage.
Healthy Chef Green Smoothie combined with Healthy Chef Protein makes a convenient, healthy light meal replacement.
Before I board my flight, I have The Healthy Chef Blender Bottle filled with water and Natural Immune Support which is full of wholefood Vitamin C and D plus a good dose of turmeric and ginger to support my immune health. You never know who around you might be sick, so I always make sure I have this on hand to help prevent myself from getting any nasty bugs.
4. DRINK WATER - NOT WINE
Make sure you’re drinking regular glasses of water not only on the plan, but when you're out and about when you land. Water will help get your lymphatic and digestive systems moving properly and will also assist in preventing gas, bloating and other digestive issues. I also love to pack Healthy Chef Lemon + Ginger tea for my hotel room - it’s perfect to help relieve bloating and fluid retention. Remember, drinking herbal teas counts as your regular water intake so it’s a great way to get hydrated while enjoying the benefits of tea. I also love Healthy Chef Matcha Green Tea as a great alternative to a coffee and more energising as well as Healthy Chef Relax + Renew to help me unwind before bed.
I also love to pack Healthy Chef Lemon + Ginger tea for my hotel room - it’s perfect to help relieve bloating and fluid retention.
5. PLAN AHEAD
When travelling, be organised before you start your trip. Pack the carry on with fresh fruit and water. I also pack some healthy snacks like vegetables and a baba ghanoush as well as roasted macadamia nuts or tamari almonds. If I have time I make protein power balls using Naked Chocolat or my power protein cookies which is pretty much like a complete meal and it goes perfectly with a warm cup of tea.
6. USE APPS OR GOOGLE TO FIND HEALTHY OPTIONS NEAR YOU
I'm writing this post from my self contained Fraser Suite Apartment in Perth. As soon as I landed, I did a google search on best cafes that serve almond milk lattes with good quality or home-made almond milk - and not the UHT versions that taste quite awful. I look at apps and google searches to source grocery store, restaurants, markets and also use them as a form of exercise.
Sometimes I'll pick a place 30 walk minutes away which give me a wonderful 1 hour cardio session once I've finished.
7. BE MINDFUL ON WHAT AND HOW YOU EAT
My nutrition plan has 3 steps. Keep it simple – keep it fresh – make it yourself.
Include healthy fats from olive oil, antioxidants from fresh vegetables and fruit combined with your preferred source of protein.
The way I eat has been tweaked over the years to suit my body. I’ve never been one for counting every calorie, but I was always mindful of what I ate or drank and how the food made me feel after eating it. What you eat nourishes the body as well as the mind…..It makes you feel great and supports your health in every way. Healthy eating and getting regular exercise is a way of life.
I’ve never been one for counting every calorie, but I was always mindful of what I ate or drank and how the food made me feel after eating it.