Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, keeping up with your healthy habits can be a challenge. But blogger Summer Huggins shares four tips that worked for her.
I’ve been so good about going to the gym and eating healthy during the last eight weeks. I don’t mind telling you: I’ve even lost 10 pounds!
But I recently traveled to Cleveland for a conference, and the closer conference got on my calendar, the more nervous I found myself feeling as I worried about getting away from my new healthy routine. Anyone who has ever traveled for work knows that conferences aren’t known for their healthy fare. Think boxed lunches with lots of cookies and carbs.
I’m happy to report that this conference was different from others — not only in the content they presented, but also when it came to the food they fed us. I’m happy to report that I didn’t gain a single one of my lost pounds back while I was away, and I even discovered four tips for keeping up with my new healthy habits that I plan to take with me the next time I travel:
- Stay hydrated. On the plane, in the conference sessions and in my hotel room, I always had a bottle of water with me. I also steered clear of caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate your body.
- Find the fitness center. Yep, I packed my gym shoes for my trip and made use of the fitness center at my hotel. It was so nice! There were brand new earphones for guests and a TV at every piece of cardio equipment. There was even a basket of apples in the fitness center for a healthy post-workout snack.
- Fruit is your friend. Breakfast each morning did consist of a lovely buffet of carbs in the form of bagels and pastries, but I’m glad that it also included lots of beautiful fresh fruit. I kept an emergency protein bar and a bag of almonds in my computer bag, so I was able to make a delicious and healthy meal out of nuts, protein and colorful fresh fruit. No bagels touched these lips!
- Walk the city. When I realized that I hadn’t left the hotel in two-and-a-half days, a new friend and I decided to hit the sidewalk and explore the downtown area a bit. It was a great way to get some fresh air, get some movement in and learn about the city at the same time. I was so glad I had packed comfortable shoes!
I’m traveling again next month, and I hope I can remember these four tips and take them with me then, too. How do you keep up with your healthy habits when you travel?
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Eating better and getting fit are among the most popular of the new year’s resolutions. Pretty daunting on their own, but break it down into smaller, doable steps for success.
If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, you more than likely are planning to eat better. The new year is a great opportunity to make such promises to ourselves. Eating better is on my list too. But it’s a big resolution.
So, what if we make it a little more specific? What if we break that one big resolution into several smaller, more doable goals for 2013? Like:
- Drink more water. Sometimes, simple thirst and slight dehydration can feel like hunger. Keep hydrated for overall health and to feel satisfied throughout the day. If you’re working out during the day, add another serving of water for every 20 minutes of activity.
- Avoid emotional eating. Here’s a simple trick: Make a list of 10 things to do other than eat when things get stressful and post it on the fridge or pantry door. Call a friend, walk around the block, work on a puzzle, the possibilities are endless. Then when you go to the pantry during stressful moments, you have more positive options for relieving that stress.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your day. Do you get your full nine servings in each day? I don’t, so I’m going to try to slowly add more in. If this is one of your resolutions for healthy eating in 2013, consider local produce.
- Remember to indulge. No one wants to feel deprived, so go ahead, make Friday nights the nights you have dessert after dinner. Pick one Saturday each month where you won’t count calories or carbs. Allow yourself an indulgence every once in a while to keep from getting bored with your new healthy eating routine.
- Arm yourself with information and great recipes. You can do that with subscriptions to great magazines like Eating Well, Prevention and Cooking Light. There are a wide array of Cooking & Food and Health & Fitness titles to learn from on your way to a healthier 2011!
What do you think? Will eating better be on your list of resolutions for the new year?
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