Christmas is almost here! In case I haven't said it officially......
The fridge is empty. The pantry is bare. Bags are packed and plane tickets are in hand. We're ready to go... family and friends, here we come! Traveling is fun but has it's own set of challenges in terms of healthy eating.
If the people you're visiting prefer less than healthy eating styles, it can be a temptation (or frustration!). Also, traveling is tiring and we are more likely to give into comfort foods (and eat more of them) when we're tired. Here are some rules I try to follow that help me eat healthy while traveling.
- Pack snacks. I bring along things like fruit, nuts and granola bars to prevent blood sugar lows from not eating for long periods. This also helps me to eat normally at mealtimes because I'm not starving.
- Keep portions small. This is probably the most important rule. It's okay to eat your favorite foods, especially for special occasions like Christmas and New Years. Keep your portions small to help avoid holiday weight gain. You'll thank me in January when you're NOT making a resolution to lose weight.
- Exercise. Even when we're out of town, I bring my running shoes and some workout clothes. There are always places nearby to walk or jog and do some body weight resistance work like squats, push-ups, sit-ups, mountain climbers and burpees.
- Practice saying no. If Aunt Thelma is pushing you to finish her double chocolate ice cream cake and you already had some, politely say no. It's okay. Maybe she'll be offended, maybe she won't. Maybe she'll think you're super smart for not overdoing it. Either way, know your limits and practice the art of saying no.
If you start feeling like giving in to temptations, remember this....
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years my friends. I'll be taking a little blog break for the week, but I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter and happiness.