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Eating healthy while travelling

Being away from home can often throw you off course when it comes to your typically healthy diet. But it doesn’t have to. With a bit of forethought and know-how, you can maintain your good eating habits wherever you are.

Woman eating a granola bar

You may be on the road (or up in the air) but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck eating fast food — or that you should use your travel as an excuse to eat poorly. All it takes is a bit of patience and planning to ensure you stay on the health track when away from home.

Pack nutrient-dense snacks

Since you may be in cities and neighbourhoods you’re unfamiliar with, don’t chance it — bring nutritious snacks with you. Choose portable ones: Fruit can get damaged easily if toted around in your handbag (and is not permitted on flights to another country), but try individual portion-sized snack bags of trail mix; some healthy,  natural granola bars; or peanut butter and crackers. Put them in your purse or carry-on, as you never know when hunger will strike.

Bring a portable water bottle

Staying well hydrated is key, so an empty, refillable water bottle should be on your packing list for every trip. Bonus: You won’t have to fork over a wad of cash to buy a bottle of water at the airport, not to mention this being a more environmentally friendly option as well. Also, flight cabins can often be extremely dry, so be sure to sip regularly when flying.

Research where you can eat well

Use Yelp or or Chowhound, to name just two websites, to research restaurants in advance, so you can suss out where you can eat a wholesome meal. If you play it by ear, that burger and fries you can smell at the fast-food joint across the street from your hotel will be very tempting. However, if you already know that just one street over you can get a filling organic salad, you’ll be in a better position to eat right.

Bring your own meal

Depending on your itinerary, for your flight out or your first stop for lunch on a road trip, for example, you can plan to bring your own meal and eliminate the opportunity to eat poorly. Or, since we already know the meal choices are limited on a flight, before you head to the airport, make a stop at casual restaurant or cafe and pick up a meal that will travel well and will satisfy both your hunger and healthy diet.

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