Whether you’re travelling to other countries or just heading to a nearby city for a fun weekend, it can be easy to stray from your otherwise strict diet. It’s so easy at home, isn’t it? You have your routine and it’s easy to ignore snacks if you haven’t actually purchased them.
It’s often a different story when you’re travelling. There’s a different foodie culture to experience and, if you’ve been on your feet all day, you’re likely to be hungry. Not to mention your ability to resist the most unhealthy thing on the menu might have been depleted from all that culture you’ve been discovering. The problem is particularly exacerbated in cities with strong baking cultures. Walk through Soho and spy all the bakeries with incredible cakes in the window, and you’ll see what we mean.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help combat the desire of forcing all the cake, cheese or doughnuts (delete as appropriate) down your throat.
Bring your own snacks
As yet, there are no hard-and-fast rules about bringing food to other countries (although we’re sure that if airport officials get their way, by the end of the year, we won’t be able to have any luggage whatsoever and we’ll have to travel completely naked). So feel free to pack as many cereal bars into your luggage as possible. You know where they’ve come from and you won’t have to struggle in deciphering the ingredients list because it will already be in your own language.
If you’re already abroad and want to avoid this problem, try eating fruit. It’s fallen out of fashion a bit lately in favour of vitamin supplements but works an absolute treat if you’re trying to keep the calories down.
Plan your meals
Impulse bites are something you’ll want to avoid like the plague while you’re on holiday lest you end up munching through an entire cheese platter. Don’t look at us like that – we know it has happened before. Instead of walking into the first restaurant you see, check the menu and try to decide on what to order before you get through the door and find yourself completely intoxicated by the fantastic smells that are sure to be emerging from the kitchen. This will help you resist the urge to order the biggest platter available.
Careful planning should also be the name of the game if you’re going on a picnic, too. There’s no need to buy pre-packaged sandwiches that might contain all manner of exciting ingredients – you can buy meat, lettuce and bread yourself and make up your own. Most hotels will generally provide a fridge that you can use in the room which makes it easier to use up whatever is leftover.
Drink plenty of water
Water, water all around, so drink some. So goes the poem. Try to remember it when you’re travelling. Odds are it’s a tip you’ll remember without much help if you’re going to a hot place since you’ll want to stop yourself becoming dehydrated, but you’ll want to drink plenty of fluid if you’re in a cold place as well since it helps you to feel full. Opt for hot tea if you’re somewhere particularly chilly!
Stick to your meal times
Jet lag can be a complete pain in the backside – and it’s not just for the lack of sleep. The perceived change in meal times will leave your stomach rumbling at the most inappropriate of times and you’ll want to eat anything – crisps, snacks, a plucked and roasted pheasant – in order to solve the problem. But you MUSTN’T! Try to stick to your mealtime routine as closely as possible and, if need be, eat a couple of pieces of fruit or a healthy snack to keep you going until lunch or dinner time. It’s tricky but it can be done.
So while it can be difficult to continue your healthy eating spree while on holiday, rest assured it can be done. Do everything you can to ensure you resist that cheese platter when it comes round.