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I always go into a bit of a panic before a long vacation because I’m worried about getting out of my exercise routine and turning to blubber. Does anyone sense any irony here? You’re supposed to go on vacation to relax and to take a break from your routines of all forms. However, I’ve done more than my share of travel now, so I’ve found some great ways to completely and totally enjoy my trip while staying healthy.

The most important thing to remember though is that you should enjoy yourself, not think about if the dessert from the Parisian bakery is going to make you fat. When is the next time you’ll be in Paris, and when was the last time one thing made you fat? Enjoy it! Just don’t go overboard. That said, here are some tips for keeping fit while travelling:

-Eat like a local: If you’re in a foreign country, it’s much easier to find unprocessed, unrefined foods that are balanced and good for you. They also don’t have the massive portion sizes that we do in America. If you’re mostly a domestic traveler, this obviously won’t apply, but stick the general guidelines I have throughout the site.

-Share dishes: Order a few small plates and split it all, or you can get an app, entree, and dessert to split with two people. That way, you not only get to try a wide variety of new things and multiple courses, but you can also cut back on the amount you eat.

-Make it an active trip: I found this especially easy in more rural locations. You can hike, kayak, go rock climbing, etc. If you’re in a major city, tour the city on foot. You’ll be moving all day, and will definitely get your fill of exercise in.

-Find a gym: It’s surprisingly easy in big cities. I was just in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and went to the gym once in each city. Sometimes you’ll have to pay a day use fee, but if you’re dedicated enough, it’ll be worth it.

-Bring exercise bands with you: They’re easy to pack, and cheap to buy before you go if you don’t have them. You can work out your arms with those, and you can do push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges with your own body way.

-Try new and strange things: Snails, spicy bugs, fish heads, oh my! There are a lot of interesting and unique foods you can try out in other cultures, so give it a try. No matter how strange, they’re almost guaranteed to be far better for you than the processed foods we have in the US.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you are on vacation and you should enjoy, experience, and relax. You’ll never do that if you’re stressing about the calories you’re eating or how long it’s been since you’ve hit the treadmill, so just live it up!

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Source by Megan Serow

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If you travel for work or pleasure, you know that healthy food can sometimes be hard to come by. Or I should at least say there are so many temptations out there that the healthy options seem few and far between. Being prepared is 75% of the battle when it comes to eating healthy while traveling. It definitely requires a little planning and a special nutritional strategy. Luckily, you can adhere to your healthy eating plan with a little extra work. These 8 tips for healthy eating while traveling provide some solid ideas to staying on track while on the go.

1. Location – When you’re choosing where to stay, it’s all about location. Let’s say you’re traveling for work and you’ll be in the same location for at least a few days. Finding a spot that’s close to healthy resources is key. Is there a grocery store nearby that you can run to for healthy snacks and/or meals? Are there healthy cafes or restaurants within walking distance that you can stop in for a bite to eat? It’s easy to make the excuse that you can’t eat healthy while on the road if there aren’t good options around you. Don’t make that your excuse. Choose as wisely as you can to set yourself up for success.

2. Accommodations With A Kitchen or Kitchenette – One of the best ways to ensure healthy eating while traveling is to have access to some type of kitchen. Extended stay hotels, vacation rentals and Air B & B are all great options if convenient to your location. If a kitchen isn’t available, having a refrigerator in your hotel room for some healthy options is a great alternative. The point being that if you have either a kitchen or a refrigerator, you have the ability stock up with good snacks and easy meals. Things like fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, nuts, natural peanut butter, rotisserie chicken and canned fish are fantastic options that are easy to store and don’t require a lot of prep work to create a quick meal or snack.

3. Ship Items Before – Another strategy would be to ship your favorite dry goods to your location before hand. Protein powder, beans, nuts, canned tuna, bread and quick cooking oats are all items you could have sent prior to your arrival so that you have some healthy options waiting for you.

4. Carry A Cooler – Tote your health food around with you. Stock a cooler full of your favorite healthy snacks, sandwiches, bottled water and anything you need for the day. This options works well if you can drive to your location and bring your cooler with you. If you’re flying, you’ll need a collapsible cooler to pack in your suitcase.

5. Research Restaurants In The Area – Do your research before you go. Even if you have access to a kitchen or a refrigerator, you still may want or need to eat for a few meals. Find out what restaurants are in the area and which menus offer healthy options that interest you. You can plan any outings to one of these restaurants and know what you’re going to eat when you walk in the door.

6. Protein Powder – Protein is often the hardest thing to come by. Healthy eating on the go is made much easier if you can bring some protein powder with you. Even it it’s a back up, you know you have a good protein source to go to if you can’t find a viable option. Sometimes your healthy eating strategy might require using a combination of options. For example, finding some fruit and vegetables might be easy but grabbing a protein source might be pretty expensive. In certain cases, protein powder can fill in the gaps.

7. Supergreen Supplement – It’s often times very difficult to get the correct amount of vegetables in when traveling. This is the perfect time to incorporate a great supplement like Amazing Grass, Green Defense or Greens +. A supplement is just that – a way to supplement your diet. While this shouldn’t be your mainstay to getting in vegetables, it can …

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