When you’re out of your house and your normal routine, I know it can be tricky creating a new schedule around your health goals.
Traveling brings up a slew of mini-challenges.
- Will I have access to healthy foods?
- How will I move on a regular basis?
- Will others I’m traveling with give me a hard time for staying healthy?
- …and more.
Recently, I went on a family trip to Montreal for a 5-day vacation to meet up with old friends.
I had the same initial concerns.
And for the first time (in what has felt like forever…), I didn’t pack a single piece of exercise clothing or sneakers. The only sneakers I had were “cool” looking sneakers for the airplane, ha!
However, here are some of the things I did to prioritize my health goals while out of town.
I tried to avoid buying unhealthy food and snacks for our hotel room. If we were hungry, we had to go out for food, and we had to walk there if possible. And all of the expensive hotel snacks and drinks? I hid them so they were out of sight. I also emptied our hotel fridge so we could store healthy (perishable) food / leftovers as needed.
When it came to restaurants, we were definitely tempted by the café croissants, bagels, and well… basically CARBS. However, we always tried to go for an egg quiche with protein (ham / prosciutto) or ordered a sandwich and split it in half.
Juices and smoothies were tempting, but you always need to be careful of the super heavy sugar and carb punch that these end up carrying. We only ended up getting 1 on a day that was super nice out and after we had walked over an hour together outside. It was refreshing, but we enjoyed it right before we got back to our hotel and could buffer it with some leftover turkey slices in our fridge. Always make sure you’re having protein with every meal / snack!
Nothing gets your feet on the pavement than expensive Uber rides!! Having a kiddo was tricky some days walking long distances, but we did the best we could to walk wherever we went. We also chose activities outside that involved a lot of walking, such as visiting the Montreal Botanical Gardens. They were BEAUTIFUL and it was such a peaceful activity to do with the family!
Listen. Traveling with a 1.5 year old? Stressful. However, having a quick breathing technique on the back-burner is the quickest and easiest way (at least for me) to keep myself grounded, cool, and collected. I also tell myself; “In the scheme of life… is this that serious?” Usually the answer is always “no” and I can move on from it.
Getting yourself out in the sunshine and away from the dark and clustered hotel room does wonders for your mind. There’s nothing more refreshing than walking the sidewalks with others as you explore a city, and spending a few minutes in a local park to just sit on the grass and take everything in.
When it comes to traveling, it may not look exactly like what you’re used to with your home routine, but you can still stay consistent on your health goal(s) by being intentional with what you’re eating, how you’re moving, and how you’re managing your mindset.
And if you’re looking for a boost of support to help you stay consistent (especially on days or weeks while you’re traveling and feeling very tempted!), come and join our positive and uplifting membership support group Banana Bariatrics!
We’re a family.
Why not take us with you on your travels! (Virtually, of course…!) 😉