It’s time to put the coats away … summertime is here. With the warmer weather just around the corner, people are getting ready to spend more time traveling and exploring new destinations. Although traveling is a great thing, it can certainly affect people’s healthy routines, especially when it comes to diet and fitness habits. But don’t worry! We have five (5) easy tips to help you stick to your healthy boxer diet during your next vacation.
5 Tips To Stick To Your Boxer’s Diet On-The-Go
1. Pack healthy snacks
Whether you’re catching a plane or taking a road trip, having nutritious snacks on hand is crucial so that you don’t rely on airport snacks or convenience store foods. Consuming healthy snacks regularly allows you to stay nourished throughout the day, especially in between meals. It’s normal for your eating schedule to change while traveling, but having snacks can give you the consistency your body needs.
Travel-friendly snacks include:
Whole grain crackers
Single-serve nut butter packets
Fruits: bananas, apples, oranges
Homemade energy balls
If you happen to bring a cooler bag, make sure to pack fresh veggies with hummus, yogurt, and fresh fruit!
2. Don’t skip breakfast
No matter where you are, it’s important that you keep a good morning routine. Whether you choose to start your day by exercising, stretching, meditating, or going for a walk, one thing is certain: it must include a nutritious breakfast. If you’re staying in a hotel, take advantage of the healthy options at the buffet. If you’re renting a home, stock up on nutritious breakfast foods that you can make yourself. If you opt to go out for breakfast, choose lean proteins such as eggs and whole grain toast, and always pair it with a bowl of fruit. By starting your day with a balanced meal, you provide your body with the energy it needs to go through the day.
Examples of healthy breakfast meals include:
Bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts
Egg white omelet with sauteed vegetables
A slice of whole grain toast with avocado
Yogurt parfait with fresh berries and granola
Smoothie with leafy greens, fruit, and nut butter
3. Shop and eat local
A large part of traveling and learning about new cultures is exploring the regional cuisine and traditional foods. Stop by the local farmer’s market and food hall. Ask for directions to local restaurants that offer traditionally prepared foods. Oftentimes, you will get to try exotic fruits, in-season vegetables, and freshly made meals with wholesome ingredients. It’s also a good idea to hit the local grocery store and stock up on staple items that you can keep in your hotel fridge.
Examples of on-the-go grocery store staples include:
Fresh fruits and pre-cut vegetables
Nuts and seeds
Whole grain crackers or bread
Healthy dips and spreads
4. Eat balanced meals
It’s easy to “fall off the wagon” while traveling. As people gravitate towards more indulgent foods on vacation, they sometimes let themselves go when it comes to keeping their healthy fitness and eating routines. Although you should definitely indulge during your trip, there is a way to properly do it while still keeping a balanced diet. One strategy is to consume a colorful diet, aiming to eat as many colored foods as you can. You can accomplish this by consuming at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack. Another way to keep a balanced diet is to follow the healthy plate guidelines; ensuring your plate has fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, in the right proportions. For example, if you are enjoying a pasta dish in Italy, start the meal with a salad, or ask for a side of roasted vegetables. Lastly, make sure your snacks are also balanced. They should provide at least two of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Always pair carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with a source of protein or healthy fat, such as a nut butter, hummus, yogurt, or nuts.
5. Keep moving every day
Although you may not be able to bring your boxing bag in your carry-on, you can still get in great workouts while traveling. Here are a few ways to keep a healthy fitness routine while away:
Walk everywhere: If a destination is within a mile, walk there. This allows you to better immerse yourself in the local culture, see things close up and personally, and the best part – burn extra calories by getting in more steps.
Take part in outdoor activities: If you’re able to, explore the outdoors by adding bike tours, hiking, trail walks, or beach walks to your itinerary.
Never Stop Moving
Traveling is a great way to explore new places, learn about new cultures, meet new people, and try new cuisines. However, embarking on your fun vacation should not jeopardize your health. By following these five (5) tips, you will be able to enjoy your trip while keeping your healthy habits in check. This way, by the time your trip is over and you return home, it won’t be too much of an adjustment or a challenge to get back to your normal routine. Now that you know ways to stay healthy while traveling, don’t forget to pack your snacks and your workout gear for your next vacation!
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