Travelling is usually an exciting activity, but sometimes it can take its toll on a person’s eating habits, especially the healthy ones and even more when the person is a vegetarian. This comes from the fact that during the trip there is a limited amount of time to be dedicated to eating and deciding what to eat. Also, in the new environment, everything is unfamiliar, for example the used ingredients and the eating places. Furthermore, the excitement of being in a new culture that offers new food is alone a reason to indulge in some unhealthy food choices. Still, if you pay a little more attention to the eating aspect of travelling, you can easily continue with your everyday vegetarianism. Here are five tips on how to do it:
Plan things in advance
Because you probably know where you are headed at least ten days in advance, and what type of accommodation is expecting you, you can use your friend Google from the comfort of your home. Look around for stores with good products, restaurants that offer vegetarian options, traditional food with nutritious value. It will not only benefit your eating habits, but it will also save you some time.
When dinning out, don’t hesitate to ask your waiter or waitress about the ingredients. If something doesn’t suit you, don’t be afraid to ask for some ingredients to be left out or replaced. Of course, not everyone will be understanding and some might even think that you are asking too much, especially if you are not in a vegetarian restaurant. Still, don’t forget that it is your right to eat what you prefer and if one locale doesn’t suit your needs, you can always go to another.
Never skip meals
When travelling, it is easy to lose track of time, sleep later than usual and thus skipping a meal. The peril of this is that you can easily take too many calories on the next meal as a replacement. That is why you should always have your favourite healthy snacks with you in your trips.
Lots of water
Travelling can exhaust you and make you dehydrated. Maybe you don’t like to go too often to the bathroom and that is why you stay away from water during long trips on the road or long flights. Still, don’t neglect yourself because water is your best friend. Even if it doesn’t suit you to get out of your seat too often, remember that water can often prevent you from eating those unhealthy snacks during travel. When you don’t consume enough fluids, you can mistakenly think that you are hungry, and not thirsty.
The new environment and the lack of knowledge about the places should not be an excuse for the lack of activity. If you are staying in a hotel with a gym or swimming pool, take advantage and do some work out. If not, find some park or a beach and do some walking or running.
by Vladimir Jordanov