Traveling can be an exhilarating experience that allows us to explore new places, immerse ourselves in different cultures and settings, and create treasured memories. At Cambiati Wellness, we know the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle even while on the road. Below are some valuable tips and insights to help you prioritize your well-being and make nourishing choices during your travels.
One of the keys to maintaining a nutritious diet while traveling is to research and plan ahead. Take the time to read up on the local food scene at your destination before you leave. Look for restaurants that offer fresh, locally sourced ingredients and have a variety of healthy options on their menus. Check out online resources, travel blogs, and review sites like Yelp to gather recommendations that align with your dietary preferences. Whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, or have any other specific needs, knowing where to find healthy meals will make your journey more enjoyable and keep your goals on track. It can be particularly helpful to decide the best 1-3 meal options at a restaurant before arriving, especially if your attention will be on your company and the conversation. This way you are set up for success going into the situation and are less likely to be derailed with a little bit of social pressure or distraction.
When it comes to travel, packing your own snacks and meals can be a total game-changer. By bringing your own nutritious options, you have control over the quality of ingredients and can avoid relying solely on airport or convenience-store food. Before your trip, prepare a selection of healthy snacks that are easy to carry. Fresh fruits, cut vegetables, individual servings of hummus or nut butter, gluten-free crackers, and low-sugar high quality protein bars are great choices. Additionally, if you’re embarking on a long flight or road trip, consider packing a healthy meal. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also ensure you’re fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to stay energized on your travel day.
Proper hydration is vital for maintaining optimal health, especially when traveling, since we are more likely to be sedentary and get constipated. Carry a reusable water bottle and make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water throughout your journey. Staying hydrated supports digestion and keeps your energy levels up. Minimize your intake of alcohol and avoid sugary beverages as they can dehydrate the body and contribute to feeling like a weary grump. Instead, prioritize water, herbal teas, or infused water with slices of fruit or herbs like rosemary to stay hydrated and refreshed. This is especially important if you are also partaking in some dehydrating beverages.
By taking these pre-travel preparations seriously, you’ll set yourself up for success when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet while on the go. Next, let’s explore how to also stay active, support your digestion, and get rejuvenated.
To stay active while traveling, it’s essential to adapt to your surroundings. Take advantage of the various opportunities available, such as hiking, swimming, or engaging in outdoor sports. Whether you’re exploring a bustling city or tranquil countryside, find activities that align with the local environment.
Many hotels offer fitness amenities, including gyms and swimming pools, providing convenient options for maintaining your exercise routine. Make it a point to utilize these facilities during your stay. You can also inquire about local fitness centers or studios where you can participate in group classes.
One of the best ways to stay active while traveling is by exploring your surroundings on foot or by bicycle. Lace up your walking shoes or rent a bike to immerse yourself in the local culture and stay physically active at the same time. Not only will this help boost your mood, but it will also allow you to discover hidden gems that you may not have found otherwise.
When traveling, it is smart to consider multiple possible occurrences and take measures to prevent digestive issues. Opt for popular eateries and ensure food is cooked thoroughly. Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer for when needed.
It’s always a good idea to pack supplements that support digestive health. Probiotics or enzymes, for instance, can help maintain a healthy gut while on the go. For travel we like the AllerGzyme enzyme if due to the lack of predictability, you may be eating foods that may give you issues like gluten or dairy, and the Probiospore probiotic which promotes bowel regularity and produces antimicrobial compounds to help reduce the likelihood of getting sick. Unlike most probiotics, Probiospore can be stored at room temperature which makes it a particularly convenient option for travel.
Another key element for feeling your best is to prioritize sufficient sleep. Establish a consistent sleep routine. Plan a way back to balance when hopping time zones. Create a sleep-friendly environment by using earplugs, an eye mask, and adjusting room temperature to maximize comfort and promote restful sleep.
Traveling can sometimes be stressful, leading to fatigue and discomfort. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine to alleviate stress. Practice deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga to calm the mind and de-stress the body. There are several high-quality apps such as Balance to guide you through a meditation session if you want to give it a try.
Making time for passive activities such as reading a book, laying out on the beach, and/or swinging in a hammock can also provide much needed restoration. It is tempting to constantly be moving and seeing everything possible, but don’t forget to also smell the roses.
So to feel your best on your journey and to avoid having to utter the funny yet unpromising cliche, “I need a a vacation from my vacation,” we recommend the following: plan for healthy food and adequate hydration ahead of time, get some enjoyable movement into your trip, think realistically about taking care of your digestion, and make sleep and downtime a priority. Traveling can be amazingly fun. It is even better when you come back from your destination feeling refreshed and ready to get back to your life with renewed enthusiasm and energy. Enjoy your summer adventures!