A road trip is no excuse to take a vacation from your healthy lifestyle. When you leave the comfort of your home and your kitchen, it is easy to lose your groove no matter how much fun you may having (or how much fun your toddlers may NOT be having!). Whether your trip is a full day trip, or over the course of a week, here are some ways you can maintain a healthy lifestyle on the go.
Eating in the car:
1. Pack according to your family’s needs. If, like us, you tend to drive in long stretches, you may be hungry for snacks between stops for food. Don’t pack snacks to feed your boredom, but your stomach instead.
2. Pre-portion your snacks and meals. Decide on your snacks, and portion them out into individual baggies. You can also label your snacks according to who the snack is for.
3. If you find yourself bored while driving and have the need to chew on something, pack some gum for those moments.
1. You can save a lot of money (and calories) by packing your own meals when possible. Again, pre-portion out your meals into disposable containers. If possible, stop and eat at a rest area or while re-fueling your vehicle so you can also have a chance to stretch your legs by taking a quick brisk walk.
2. If you decide to NOT pre-pack your own meals, do your research beforehand to several chain restaurants when you stop so you can make informed decision and not act out of hunger.
3. Make similar choices to something you’d make while at home. If you feel the need to splurge, be mindful and in control of your eating situation. If the tater tots in Idaho are NOT to be missed, then have tater tots but determine a reasonable portion and throw the rest of them away before you start eating. If it’s not in front of you, you won’t eat it.
1. Make sure you continue to drink plenty of water while you’re on your trip. If you don’t like to drink a lot while driving, then aim to drink as soon as you get to your destination. Skip the sodas, as they don’t keep you hydrated.
1. If you are staying at a hotel, see ahead if there is a refrigerator.
2. Get an idea of where you are staying and pack any healthy foods to help you stay on track. Are you staying with Aunt Millie, who is sweet as pie but she bakes a lot of pie (and other unhealthy foods)? By all means, be polite, but remember you are the one that controls how much food you eat. This is your opportunity to exercise portion control that you’ve been teaching yourself at home.