Eating Healthy on the Road

We’re coming up on Summer Vacation time, and with that comes lots of un-healthy eating. At least that’s what happens to us when we’re on the road! We get in a rush, or we don’t plan properly, and the next thing you know lunch is junk food from the gas station where we filled up the car! 

So when Nancy McCoy contacted me and told me she could help, I was all about it! Here’s a few tips from her to all of us…

When you have be on the road, there is a possibility that you’re going to think about fast food. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods that are going to leave you feeling weak, tired, and bloated. You need to make good choices when it comes to food so you will have enough energy to enjoy your vacation. As athletes realize, healthy food and a lot of water can keep the level of your energy high, power your muscles, and make you recover quickly. The food you consume on the road is going to become your body’s travel fuel.

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Drink a lot of water

Yes, you need to drink the right amount of water every day, but this becomes very important when you are on the road. It is because there is a tendency for you to be rushed, be swayed from your routine, and forget to drink water. This is also an occurrence when you need to access a source of water, so make sure that you have a water bottle with you.

Eat in smaller amounts and do it frequently

Consuming little amounts of healthy foods the entire day is going to signal your brain that the supply of food is a lot, so it can burn the calories right away. When you limit your calorie intake in one sitting is going to give you a lot of energy. Consuming a lot of calories in one meal, even if they come from healthy food, will signal your brain that leaner times are about to come, and the calories will be stored as fat. Doing this can also make you feel sleepy and sluggish.

Choose healthy food places

If the only place available is a fast food restaurant, be wise with your order. Believe it or not, these fast food restaurants also have a varied healthy menu for the health buff, and each one is under 400 calories. They are properly portioned, but you should watch out for the sodium content. You can always ask the restaurant what they can suggest if you are looking for something healthy.

Do not leave without eating breakfast

If you are going in a car, then it is advised that you leave early to arrive on time. This means that you need to eat breakfast while on the road. Do not think that you will find a food place the minute you get hungry, and eating breakfast is still the number one rule to staying healthy.

If you see a grocery store, stop there to buy food

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As soon as you see one, park the car and grab a cart. You can usually get a few small snacks, make sure they are healthy, and you will be done in under 20 minutes.

There is still a big difference when you have fruits and veggies as your snacks. If you have a blender or juicer, then that is much better. If you do not have that, there is nothing to worry about because you should never starve yourself. Eat whatever is available, but if it is unhealthy, control yourself.

Eat a lot of protein

Consuming the complete protein your body needs is recommended, and make sure that it has all the important amino acids for your body, weight, and level of activity to stabilize the blood sugar in your body. It should also improve your concentration, and keep your body lean and strong. If you need energy for hiking, a drive or even swimming, your protein should be high-quality and lean.

Get enough sleep and rest

This is not about eating, but if you have enough sleep before the trip and while you are on vacation, it will keep your body from craving food all throughout the day.

Once you arrive home, make sure to have your car cleaned because of all the food pieces that might have fallen while you were eating. All you have to do is tell your car wash service to clean everything, especially the carpet to keep mites and other bugs away from your car.

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 12.20.29 PMAuthor Bio: Nancy McCoy is a contributing author for Wheelarea.com – a handy blog that is focused on sharing experiences, tips and tricks about all things automotive. You will find the best recommendations for accessories and parts, “how to” posts, answers to questions, and in-depth guides to everything you need to know about the automotive industry in this blog.  

 

Good stuff, Nancy! I especially like the idea to just stop at the grocery store for food instead of somewhere else for junk! Great idea!

What’s YOUR best advice for eating healthy on the road?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

11 thoughts on “Eating Healthy on the Road

  1. Thanks for the good tips! Recently, I snack only with fruit and water without gas. The same food I eat for breakfast and dinner, and this has a very positive effect on my health – a lot of energy and strength.

  2. This is always a challenge! This is where it is handy to have an app like MyFitnessPal, so you can see just how horrible you are eating!

  3. What great tips! Water is so important. When I am on the road in the area (or nearby) I sometimes will pack a cooler with some fruit and protein bars.

  4. This is great advice. Keeping healthy snacks on hand for a road trip is essential to avoid stopping for junk food. I always like to have apples and carrot sticks on hand and little BabyBell cheeses are great for protein.

  5. I feel like planning ahead helps. I always try to bring healthy snacks so I am not prone to stopping for junk!

  6. This a great post, I often crave fatty foods when on the road, but as we keep heading out four times a month to do kid-free weekend road trips, I am learning to make better eating decisions! Loved reading this!

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