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How to maintain healthy eating habits when traveling?

Traveling is about relaxing and allowing ourselves to live differently than we are used to on a daily basis. We also enjoy delicious food, often not choosing the healthiest options. It is crucial to enjoying every bit of it, but there are a few rules you can follow to stay well and look after yourself even on a short trip. Here are some tips on how to find a balance between healthy food and the pleasures of travel.

Have a meal before the trip. It’s not a good idea to start your journey on an empty stomach – even if you don’t feel hungry, at least have a bite to eat. This will ensure that if you get hungry unexpectedly, you won’t be tempted to snack on fast foods that are close at hand, such as sweets, pastries, crisps, and other snacks.

Take healthy snacks with you. Having healthy snacks on hand will help you avoid the temptation to satisfy your hunger with junk food. Snacks such as nuts, fresh fruit, hummus, yogurt, homemade sandwiches made with whole meal bread, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, or chickpea crisps are recommended for traveling.

If you can, cook more often at home. To avoid consuming too many calories, it is recommended to cook part of your daily meals at home. Therefore, every time you go somewhere, we recommend that you check whether there is a grocery shop near your accommodation and a kitchen in your rented place. You can make an omelet with vegetables for breakfast or whip up a healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie, and then enjoy lunch and dinner at a restaurant.

When cooking during your trip, it’s convenient to use Golden Chlorella, fermented, dried microalgae rich in protein and beneficial fiber. The small 100-gram jar of microalgae is easy to take with you and can enrich any dish you like – salads, fruit smoothies, stews, omelets, and more. Not only will you get the protein you need to stay fuller for longer, but you’ll also replenish your body’s reserves of vitamins and minerals.

Drink enough water. It’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger, so if you don’t drink enough water, you may think you’re constantly hungry. Drinking enough water will not only help you to snack, but it will also give you energy. It is important to consume water to replenish your body with fluids, as other drinks, such as coffee, juice, and lemonade, are not substitutes for water and will only make your body more dehydrated.

Share your food. If you order comfort food in a restaurant, we recommend that you share it with someone you are traveling with. Not only will you get all the food you want, but you won’t gain weight by eating in small portions.

Choose healthier alternatives in restaurants. When choosing dishes from the menu, give preference to protein-rich and vegetarian options. Protein will help you stay fuller for longer, and vegetarian food is easier to digest, so you will feel better during your trip. Also, if you can choose a side dish, opt for a salad instead of French fries.

Don’t worry if you don’t manage to follow the plan perfectly. We all allow ourselves to relax more when traveling, so don’t blame yourself if you eat too much unhealthy food or gain a few kilos. The most important thing is not to panic and, when you can, to go back to your normal eating habits, eating plenty of vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, and protein. Besides, most of the weight gained during the trip is usually just fluid retention or food that has stuck in the digestive tract.

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