Many of Naturally Fortified’s clients are often on the go. Let’s call them the “jetset” type, often finding themselves in a new city, airport or these days, a new airline. It’s tough to eat healthy and exercise with a lifestyle that has you living out of a suitcase, hotel and in a foreign town or country … Or is it?
Travel can often lead to excuses for unhealthy lifestyle choices and to a certain health coach (me) perhaps a common default to lazy food and exercise choices.
Surprisingly, with a little planning and forethought, you can make your journey a trip that includes a balance of health and even exploration.
Let’s lay down some simple guidelines to make your travels not only healthful, but a time to up your ante where your health is concerned.
Brown bag it. Quite honestly, anyone who does not work from home should own an insulated lunch tote. We know that cooking in your kitchen and bringing your own food is truly the only way to eat healthy on a daily basis during the work week. Why not translate this to your trip?
Healthful sprouted-grain tortilla rolls (we love Ezekiel brand) with lean meats (or without), hummus and diced vegetables make for an easy and portable en route snack. Organic, seasonal fruit is not only a better option to the airport slice of ‘za but is full of fiber and will keep you feeling full. Love the nuts, especially healthful snacks like raw almonds, pistachios and cashews and always opt out of the airplane snacks, they are generally not very healthful.
Know where to go. A little research before you travel, no matter how tiny your destination, is always a great idea. Research local and sustainable restaurants in the city you are visiting and make plans to experience a great meal that will not only be more healthful then a chain restaurant but you will be supporting the locavore scene. These farm-to-table restaurants are often much more personable and you even get to become sort of an “expert” of the foodie scene at your destination.
Work (it) out. Find ways to maintain your weekly workout regimen. It’s understandable that you may not feel as at home as your regular gym or yoga studio, but find time to get your sweat on.
The obvious choice is to use your hotel/resort gym where you are staying, no matter how basic. Looking for more full service spots? A bit of research can help you to find a local gym or yoga studio that will often offer a free guest pass for visitors.
Maybe on this trip it’s not your typical exercise style. Take a 45 minute walk to explore the city you are in. Hike through a local forest preserve or rent a bike to get more mileage.
No matter where your travels take you, whether on your weekly business trip or a special vacay, you now have the resources at hand to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Bon voyage!