Healthy Eating on Vacation
The summer weather brings weekends away and family vacations and may also
mean a change in eating schedules, stomach upsets and weight gain. If eating
well is an important part of your travels, you’ll appreciate these
Stick to the same schedule, especially in
the evening. Late-night eating leads to weight gain and risk of
indigestion. Time differences can be a challenge but once you have adapted, try
to eat at the same time you would if you were at home. For example, if you eat
lunch at noon, eat when it is noon where you are.
Drink lots of
water throughout the day. Carry a water bottle with you and refill.
Water will help balance your body fluids which is important if you have taken an
airplane and changed time zones.
Carry snacks with you
so you are not tempted to buy junk food when hunger hits. I always have some
almonds or home-made granola bars in my purse. My favourite recipe is
Make sure all snacks include some protein. This
will ensure you stay fuller for longer. Fruit and nuts or seeds, pita with
hummous, cheese and crackers are all good examples.
Go online to
find a health food or grocery store nearby. I love to check out these
stores wherever we go.
Take a probiotic while you are away.
This is a substance that stimulates the growth of beneficial
properties of intestinal flora. Travelling and eating out can modify the
bacteria in your gut, leading to diarrhea.
If you are staying
in a hotel, ask to have a fridge put in your room so you can store your
snacks or prepare small meals.
If you are going
on a road trip, create your own portable, back-seat refrigerator.
Buy a cooler,
get some ice packs and throw in yogurt, fruit, vegetables and
Here is a recipe for homemade granola bars that are easy to
make, no-baking required. They are a great, portable snack. Make a batch, cut
into squares and freeze or pack them up and take with you.
No Bake Granola Bars
quick-cook oats, uncooked
2/3 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup almond
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp chia
Process the dates in a food processor until well chopped. Add the
remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Spread the mixture in a square
baking pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy.