Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Fitness Friday!

If you have been keeping up with this blog, you will know that I am in the middle of a crazy travel period. Toronto, the Massachusetts North Shore, Newport, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Cape Cod, and Philly. It’s non-stop this summer! Such fun!

Unfortunately, unhealthy eating is a constant companion of travelling. You are constantly eating out, probably drinking a bit more, and not sleeping as much. All of this can lead to bringing more of you back home after the trips.

But, that doesn’t have to happen! Here are some things I keep in mind nutritionally while traveling:

Grocery stores and markets are your best friends

Eating every meal out at cafes and restaurants can make following a well-balanced, calorie appropriate diet quite complicated. Not only that, it will end up being quite costly! I like to head on over to a local grocery store or market to grab some nutritional essentials. Even if you can’t cook, there are loads of options you can grab like fruit, veggies, yogurt, and whole grains. If you can cook some, that makes it even better as you can prep your own proteins! So, go to the store! Your waist and wallet will thank you.

Salad does not equal healthy

Although there may be lettuce in the dish, a salad is not automatically healthy. Fried proteins, heavy dressings, a lack of veggie diversity, and croutons (I love croutons unfortunately) can tip salads to the unhealthy category. This does not just apply when you are travelling but whenever you are eating out.

Eat breakfast

Here is another tip for myself that applies to everyday life: eat a solid breakfast at the start of the day! It will give you energy to explore your travel destination and reduce hunger/cravings later in the day. Take the time to enjoy a breakfast filled with fruits, veggies, and proteins.

Go out to eat for lunch, not dinner

While most people enjoy a nice dinner out, going out to lunch can be a better option. Many restaurants serve smaller portions of their just as yummy menus for lunch. You still get the fantastic quality of food you are searching for, just a little less of it. Plus, the less crowded wait times and cheaper price tags don’t hurt either!

Split dishes and desserts with friends

Let’s face it, one of the perks of travelling is trying out different foods and desserts from across the country and world. You don’t want to avoid experiencing this part of visiting new places, but you don’t want to scarf down everything in sight. Split these treats with your travel companions. That way everyone gets a chance to experience the different foods, but you aren’t eating your body weight in butter and sugar (I’m a dessert person…hehe). I find it to be a good compromise between nutrition and fun.

Travelling is an exhilarating experience. It can be difficult to keep your nutrition on track, but it is doable. It requires awareness and planning. Enjoy your travels and stay fit!

Thank you all for stopping by Fitness Friday. Do you have any nutrition travel tips? Leave a comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F