Surviving the Summer Road Trip. Part 1
Now that we are officially into the summer, most likely we are packing up the kids and/or friends and family and going for that long planned road trip.
Just because you are on the road, it does not mean your diet also has to take a vacation. Use these quick tips to having a healthy and happy time while traveling.
Pack your Meals in Advance.
Bringing food with you eliminates the chance of you picking up unhealthy food commonly found at road-stops and convenience store. Besides, convenience stores tend to have an 15-30% markup cost on the same food you would find at your local grocery store. Before you hit the road, grab an insulated bag and cooler and pack it with all the fresh fruits and vegetables you normally snack on during the day. Grapes, Strawberries, Blueberries, Carrots, whatever you love to snack on, bring it with you on the road. You are more likely to eat those foods because you already paid for it and it is easily accesible.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Your body is alerting that it needs sometime when you are feeling craving for something salty and/or sweet instantly. Use that opportunity to drink water to curb the urge. If the feeling is still there, grab onto a healthier sweet treat such as an apple or pear) or salty (pistachios or edamame). Your waist line with thank you.
If you must Enter the Convenience Store Eat Something First
Remember hearing the saying “don’t go grocery shopping when hungry,” well that also extends to the convenience store. Those places are filled with everything that could wreck your diet. That is where your pre-packed food will come in handy. Make sure that you only enter to purchase things that you need (such as medicine or hygienic goods (pain reliever) and avoid any pre-packed foods such as baked foods that contain empty calories such as cookies or chips.
I hope you guys have a great summer and stay tuned for my next installment of healthy living while traveling.