I always have good intentions before I leave, but lack somewhat in carrying out my plans. I spend time planning what to pack, what food to take on the plane, and some of my food plan for while I am away. What I don’t seem to remember to plan for is the routine that is different than at home, or not being prepared with snacks or meals ready when I need them, or time changes. So here are my top suggestions for what to consider when planning time away from home, so that your healthy lifestyle doesn’t fall by the way side...
1. Pay attention to what is healthy nutritious snacks for travel and what is treats...over indulging with sugar never does you any good.
2. Drink a glass of water before you grab a pop or other beverage ... Dehydration can make you think you are hungry and cause you to over eat things that you normally wouldn’t.
3. Get enough sleep ... If you let yourself get over tired you will be less likely to choose the healthy options and more likely to eat a row of cookies instead. And you can’t really enjoy your time away if you are exhausted.
4. Get some exercise ... I would suggest a moderate amount of exercise to boost your energy, if you are doing something that requires a lot of walking (like shopping West Edmonton Mall) make sure to pace yourself, take breaks, wear good walking shoes, and stay hydrated.
5. Pack a snack ... Keep healthy snacks on hand so that when your normal routine is thrown out the window, you can curb hunger before it gets out of control and you end up with a headache and feeling like a zombie. This is especially important when you have food allergies or intolerances as fast food or Tim Horton’s is not an option.
6. Try to keep in mind that not being at home is not a licence to eat whatever and do whatever you want...I would never eat a row of cookies at home mid morning, but last Thursday morning I found myself doing just that.
7. Take the time to plan your time like you do at home, including what you will eat, when you will eat, activities, naps, etc. It may seem like overkill, or that you are taking the relaxation out of your time away, but if it helps you stay healthy and happy it will be worth the effort.
Keep in mind that life (or flight cancellations) will inevitably get in the way of all the best laid plans, but at least you will be able to put yourself back on track before it completely derails you. Happy Travels!