I belong to a couple of organizations regarding weight and obesity like the Canadian Obesity Network and the Obesity Action Coalition. The OAC has a great newsletter called Your Weight Matters. You can check them out at http://www.yourweightmatters.org/
I was going to blog on this topic anyway, as it is that time of year again when we hit the road! I got this in my mail this morning and it is said so well I wanted to share this with you so here we go.
“Healthy On-the-Go: Tips for Travel, Vacation and More
With spring wrapping up and summer well on its way, many people are gearing up for a brand new season packed with fun-filled activity! Whether you’re staying local or traveling away from home, staying on top of your weight management goals should remain a top priority.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep healthy, active and energized while you’re on-the-go this season. Be it by plane, car, or even cruise ship, there are many steps you can take to ensure you’re living your happiest and healthiest lifestyle.
Out and About? Stay Healthy While You Travel with these Tips:
Master the Menu
Visiting different restaurants while you travel is almost guaranteed. If you can, preview the menu ahead of time to make your healthiest choice. If not, don’t be afraid to take some time to weigh your options and choose a dish that is rich in power foods such as lean protein, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Also, be aware of what kinds of condiments and “extras” your dish includes, and consume these in moderation.
Pack Your Workout Clothes
Come prepared for any opportunity to work some movement into your day. Whether it’s a short walk/jog or even a trip to a nearby gym or fitness facility, staying active on-the-go can help your body sustain its progress until you’re back to your usual routine.
Bring a Snack Pack
When you’re on-the-go, finding the nutrition you need can be difficult – especially if your schedule is packed. A snack pack filled with healthy, wholesome goodies can satiate you and ward off undesired cravings when you’re in a situation that leaves you feeling hungry.
Carry Water at All Times
Having water on hand at all times is crucial for maintaining energy levels throughout the day, which is especially important if your day is packed with activities and responsibilities. Water will also help you manage control hunger and manage your appetite.
Sometimes, traveling can mean sitting in one place for extended periods of time. While this may be unpreventable, it’s important to take any opportunities to stretch and keep your body moving in any way it can.
Pencil-in Time to Sleep
While travel can be fun and extremely engaging, it can also be exhausting – which is why an appropriate amount of sleep can go a long way! Sleep will not only help you with your weight management goals, but it will supply you with the energy you need while on-the-go.
Remember any Vitamins or Medications
If certain medications or vitamins are part of your daily routine at home, they should be a part of your routine while you travel! Carrying a small pouch in your bag or purse is a simple way to ensure that your vitamins and/or medications are with you when you need them.
Although vacation and on-the-goal travel mean a break from your usual home structure, this doesn’t mean that your weight management goals have to suffer. With a little extra thought and planning, you can do much (if not all) of what you do at home!”
So there you have it. I think this is some really great advice and I would just add a couple of things to it.
Under Pack Your Workout Clothes – when you book your hotel ask if they have any kind of a fitness centre. I have found most decent hotels will at least have some weights and maybe a bike or treadmill.
Under Bring a Snack – I do more than that. I travel a lot when I am doing shows, and I always ask if I can get a fridge in my room, and if not, I bring a travel cooler. I then shop at local markets to have some healthy food. Often times food on the road is not the healthiest, especially when I am doing fairs. Restaurants are a nice treat now and then, but bringing your own is best.
Under Taking Your Medications – many pharmacies will pack your meds in blister packs. This is great when flying so you don’t have to pack your meds in their original bottle. For example, one medication I am on for my diabetes is Metformin, and I but them in big containers 500 at a time. A blister pack is so much easier.
Well there you have it. I hope some of these tips help you stay healthy on the road, and keep you from running away from your healthy eating plan.
Until next time, have a healthy and happy day!