Speaking of Cocktails… Check Your Diet!
It’s a lot easier said than done, but if you want to stay healthy while traveling, you have to stay on track with your diet when you travel.
The hard reality is that what you put in your pie-hole will affect your health. Sorry.
It can be really tempting while you travel to indulge, especially if you are trying new foods or dining out a lot.
When I was in Medellin, Colombia, I couldn’t get enough limonada de coco. While delicious, the drink added a quick 200 calories per glass to my daily intake.
One glass of pinot noir is 125 calories (checked for a friend, of course). One “serving” of typical Colombian food, “Bandeja Paisa” packed a whopping 2,500 calorie punch.
Cooking some meals yourself can really help. Look for healthy options and watch your portion sizes.
The MyPlate app makes it easy to track your daily calorie/nutrient intake. Monitoring your overall intake allows you to indulge without going overboard.
Let’s be honest, stress doesn’t go away when we travel. Even the most experienced travelers get frustrated adapting to new environments sometimes.
Stress can wreak havoc on our bodies and can definitely affect our overall health.
Regular cardiovascular exercise can help. Can you tell I am a physical therapist with all the exercise plugs?
But, relaxing your body and mind is also important. Some examples of relaxation techniques include diaphragmatic breathing, mindfulness or mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, etc.
Here’s a useful document with relaxation techniques you might want to check out. And Youtube also has plenty of free guided relaxation videos.
Another way to relax is to get outside! There are some great studies on the positive effects of being in nature.