Travel Tips - How to Stay Healthy on Holidays
Here are just a few ideas on how to stay healthy, eat well and keep active whilst you are on the road or holidays. This assumes you are going on a conventional beach or sightseeing holiday, not a skiing, hiking, running race-cation or diving trip, although some of the principles still apply.
Drink plenty of water. Especially on the flight. Fill your water bottle before boarding the plane. Bring fresh fruits on the plane with you for longer haul journeys.
Eat Local and Fresh
Try to eat as local and fresh as you can. Eat with the season, high quality and local produce to help you acclimatise to the local weather and conditions.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Pack healthy snacks as a back up. Such as fruits, raw nuts, nut butters, collagen powder, hard boiled eggs.
Watch Out for Coffee Creamers
Watch out for the creamers and snacks in the hotel room, they likely contain trans fat, or hydrogenated vegetable oils, emulsifiers and artificial ingredients.
Supplements and Probiotics
Supplements are not essential. If you are concerned about digestive or gut issues. Probiotics can be helpful and you should do plenty of research and experiment with a few and find one that works for you.
Eat A Good Breakfast
Breakfast is probably your best chance to eat well, as there is usually plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, salmon, eggs and extra virgin olive oil. If it is a buffet breakfast, start your first plate really well - colourful veggies, salads with lots of olive oil and some vinegar. Eat the lowest density foods first, then gradually move towards heavier foods at the end. Leave the bread, rice, noodles and desserts right at the end. You probably won’t have much room left for desserts.
Look at your food. Smell your food. Think how the food is prepared. Take small bites, chew thoroughly and eat slowly.
Drink with Sense and Pleasure
Enjoy your cocktails or wine or coffee if you like them. Listen to your body and your mood. Ask yourself what serves you best and drink for pleasure. Sparkling water and coconut water are great non-sugary options.
Exercise or Just Move Around
If it's not a skiing, hiking or diving holiday that involves a lot of exercise anyway. Plan some time for a run, walk, gym or yoga session to wind down. I personally like going for a run before breakfast but everyone is different. Keep doing all your regular healthful practices if you can, e.g. yoga, stretching, meditation and reading.
Book a spa session. Pampering is always good!