My 5 Top Tips for Staying Healthy while Flying

My 5 Top Tips for Staying Healthy while Flying

For some reason, 2015 has been a year of air travel for me.  Typically I take TWO trips a year via plane – one for work and one for fun.  This year, I’m scheduled for my 8th flight by the end of June. To say I’ve gotten better at healthy air travel would be quite accurate. My Top 5 Tips for Healthy Flying: 1.  Bring a water bottle.  For some reason this idea eluded me until one of my most recent flights.  I had thought about it before but it just seemed like too much work.  On this trip however, I had almost finished a bottle of water when I hit security in the San Fran airport, and right there (so convenient) was a place to dump out the rest of it so I could take my bottle through security and then refill it at one of the water fountains.  It wasn’t a hassle at all.   Now I make sure to  bring an empty one along.  Better hydration for me and I save $3 a bottle too! 2.  Wear walking shoes.  Even if I’m traveling for business, I’ll at least put some good walking shoes in my carry on.  Then I can take advantage of time waiting at the gate by walking all around the airport.  I get extra exercise and am less likely to get bored and eat chocolate (that never happens . . .) 3.  Wash your hands frequently.  Stop for a moment and just THINK about how many people walk through airports and touch things daily.  Some of them are probably sick. I’m not a big germaphobe, but...
Top five ideas for eating better at a fast food restaurant

Top five ideas for eating better at a fast food restaurant

Help!  I’m at a fast food restaurant, what do I eat??? Have you ever been in that situation?  In a fast food restaurant, hungry and have no idea how to pick something halfway healthy? I think we’ve all been there!   Instead of just giving up and ordering a meal that will make you feel sick, tired and unsatisfied, I’ve put together a few tips to help you out: Top Five Tips: Don’t order right away.  Before you place your order, take a close look at the menu.  Don’t assume that what sounds healthiest IS the healthiest item.  Check everything out – that grilled chicken might be covered with a mayo based sauce,  while a small hamburger is a lower calorie, less fat choice.  Most companies show calorie count and ingredients, so use those to help you out if available. Think outside the box.   Just because it’s dinnertime, doesn’t always mean you have to order a dinner entrée.  A great example, if I’m stuck with no other options, I’ll often order oatmeal and enjoy it with fresh fruit and honey versus a greasy sandwich and fries.  Another great out of the box example – my son has been known to order salad for breakfast since he isn’t a fan of typical breakfast sandwiches. Try something better.  Before assuming you HAVE to eat at the restaurant, look around – perhaps there is a better option nearby?  Or even a grocery store.  No reason you have to settle – run over to the grocery and pick up some pre-cut fruit, veggies and humus and then join the rest of your party...
7 Tips for Healthy Airport Eating

7 Tips for Healthy Airport Eating

Making healthy meal choices on a daily basis is challenging enough, but eating healthy while traveling can really prove to be a major challenge. Aside from temptation, lack of time and preparation makes it difficult to stay on the right track. While it may be impossible for you to avoid a trip to the airport on your next vacation, it is possible to make smart decisions when it comes to airport eating.  Fill Up On Healthy Foods Before You Leave Avoid temptation by simply filling up on a nutritious and healthy meal before you leave for the airport. This will prevent you from making a rash and unhealthy choice simply because you are feeling hungry. Foods that are rich in fiber or protein will keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. Almonds and oatmeal are great choices. Pack Your Own Foods If you would prefer to avoid airport food altogether, consider packing your own snacks. Make your snack choices simple and try to avoid overly processed foods. Fruits, such as apples and bananas, are excellent snacks. Not only will they provide you with vital nutrients, but they will also curb hunger cravings. Know Your Options Before you leave for the airport, do some research on which restaurants are available both in and outside the hotel, after all, you never know when your flight may be cancelled. I had a recent layover in Boston and when the flight home was cancelled I was stuck in the city over night. Fortunately, I found a great site that listed reviews for all the Boston hotel and restaurants. This kind...
How to have fun and stay active on vacation!

How to have fun and stay active on vacation!

Vacations should be about fun.  However, not only is it important to eat well while you are traveling – it’s also important to stay active.  Last week I gave you some ideas on how to exercise while traveling, so today I’d like to share some ways to help you have fun too! Some places it’s easy to figure out where to go and what to do (Disney World).  Sometimes it’s a little tougher, but my family has discovered that we can have fun just about anywhere – it just might take a little more work!  My suggestion is to try to incorporate something active every day you are traveling – you’ll feel better and not have to worry about getting away from a healthy lifestyle. 1.  Main Attractions.  Once we decide on a location, we look for the main attractions – easiest method is just to check out the local tourism board – do a quick search on Google with the city name and the word “tourism” and that should take you right there. 2.  Active things to do.  Spend a little time searching out active things to do while on vacation – your kids especially will love this!  Are there any cool parks?  Hiking trails?  A place to rent bikes?  How about a new sport you have always wanted to try (snorkeling, mountain biking, whatever).  Most locations have something fun for the locals to do – your job is to find it – start with the tourism sites from step one or Google the location and the words “park”, “hiking” or “outdoor activities.” Once you have found what...

How to find good, healthy food while traveling

I love to travel.  Tell me I get to plan a vacation, and I’m in heaven!  I love the sightseeing, the change in schedule, the chance to see new things and meet new people.  However, I’ve discovered that since we have changed our eating habits, eating while traveling can do a real number on me.  If I’m not careful I end up feeling awful and that is no way to enjoy a long anticipated trip! So, I’ve come up with a number of  solutions.  Today I thought I’d share with you some of my best.  Follow these and you’ll ensure you eat well (and stay healthy) while you travel. 1.  Plan ahead.  This is definitely the number one tip.  Before I take a trip, I spend a half hour doing a little research to find great places to eat, places to shop and even farmer’s markets to purchase fresh local produce.   Make sure you write down names, addresses and phone numbers – nothing is more frustrating than knowing you found something but not remembering where (been there, done that)  I’ll usually check the following sites: Local Harvest – great site for finding farmer’s markets, pick your own farms, restaurants, etc. Google search – simply type in the location and “healthy restaurants” and see what pops up Yelp and/or UrbanSpoon (I love the farm to table option at Urban Spoon – that’s MY kinda food!) 2.  Don’t eat every meal at a restaurant.  If you can, try to eat at least two meals a day in your condo or hotel room, or even as a picnic (by picking up some...
Tips for dealing with holiday dinners!

Tips for dealing with holiday dinners!

Last week I shared a few tips for staying healthy while enjoying all the holiday Happy Hours and cocktail parties.   Here a few more tips that should help get you through all those fun (but fattening) restaurant dinners this month! Most of the time, we eat at home – I enjoy cooking, and I know we’ll eat a healthier, tastier meal if I make it myself.  However, come the holiday season it seems like we are running around more, visiting friends and family more and those events tend to lead to more restaurant meals.  Luckily, I’ve come up with a few strategies for eating healthier even when you aren’t eating at home: 1.  Don’t let yourself get too hungry.  In other words, don’t wait until you are starving to decide to get something to eat.  You will make bad choices and you’ll eat too much.  Enough said. 2.  Appetizer or dessert.  No need to have a three course meal.  If you really want an appetizer or dessert, fine, go for it – just don’t have both.  Better yet, split one or the other with your dining partners.  The first few bites are always the best part! 3.  How about skipping the entrée?  Often, I’ll just order the appetizer or a cup of soup and skip the entrée all together.  I usually end up with plenty of food, and if not you can always order more, right? 4.  Bulk up on veggies and fruit.  I admit, this is HARD to do when dining out, but try to order extra veggies and eat less meat and bread.  Maybe add a side...

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