What better time to write this blog than 3 days before I head off to Europe for two weeks - I am so excited! I have had a few questions on how I will survive without BARE (admittedly, I'll struggle without my Sunday meal prep haha!) but i have a few tips on how to travel and eat healthily.
If you're anything like me and you're a self admitted weirdo that loves to be super organised and prepared for their trips ahead...Especially when it comes to FOOD and eating HEALTHY while away and slightly out of routine, this blog post is for you!! I mean...who doesn't check the restaurant menu 4 weeks before hand???
There's nothing worse than being out of your comfort zone and staying healthy while travelling can be super challenging.. So I want to share with you my tops on how I plan to stay on track while in Europe and how you can still achieve your goals while travelling.
1. RESEARCH / PREPARE
For me I love planning my trips - mainly because I'm a control freak.. But because i love to be prepared for what's to come. For me this starts with FOOD and especially plane food. I can't stand plane food, so I'll typically prepare some delicious BARE Guide snacks such as Apricot & Almond Bliss Balls, Seeded Crackers, Dips and veg (yes, you CAN take these on flights!) to snack on and even a delicious Pesto Pasta to enjoy as a main on a long haul flight.
Other things I love planning consist of:
- Local gyms
- Local restaurants
- Sight seeing ventures that I can walk to (counts as exercise)
All of the above give me a sense of direction and a sense of understanding as to what's around my during my stay. This helps me stay on track and sets me up for success while away. Of course, stumbling on incredible places is a part of traveling so being super regimented and planning isn't 100% a guarantee, but more of a backup plan.
Following on from the above, I LOVE being in routine so personally being away for me is challenging.. However, that doesn't mean I give up on my goals! Implementing little things like morning walks, exercising daily and eating at LEAST three main meals a day helps me at least feel mentally as though I'm in routine and allows me to stay healthy while away.
I love checking out local supermarkets and pick up some healthy snack options (or even breakfast options) that I can eat in my hotel or on the go. I always buy fruit (like dates, berries, watermelon (pre cut haha!) or things like granola bars etc.
We all know how much I love exercise (lol #stillfittho) and when I'm away I still like to incorporate exercise into my day as much as possible! I find kickstarting my day with a nice sweat session really helps set up my day for success.. Especially if I'm away for work! If you can't or want to have a rest from exercise, thats totally fine too! Being a tourist, sight seeing and walking places is a great way to build up steps and keep your body moving!
I strongly advise moving around and getting your blood flowing while travelling... This all just adds to the feeling of being in routine!
If you didn't know already, staying hydrated is SO important!! Being hydrated helps to increase your energy levels, improve your digestion and support your body to function more efficiently. From flying to exploring new places, travelling can really dehydrate your body because your always on the move. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you on your travels and drink 2-2.5 litres of water a day - otherwise you can end up feeling weak and fatigued...and you don't want that when you're travelling.
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5. ENJOY YOURSELF
Lastly, and definitely most important... ENJOY yourself and enjoy your time away.. If you want to have a couple of days without exercising or being super strict on your eating habits, do so! It's important to mentally refresh while away travelling! Don't forget.. It's not the end of the world if you have a Nutella Crepe or 5 while away in Paris.. like I definitely will, life is all about balance!!
These are the exact tips I implement every single time I travel and they always help me! Try them out on your next trip and be sure to let me know how you go via Instagram using the tags @leahitsines and #leahitsines.
I absolutely love hearing from you!