An Explorer’s Guide to Sticking to Your Diet While Traveling

It’s easy to go on vacation mode, but do we have to put our diet plan on leave, too? Before heading out for that big getaway, try (as hard as you possibly can) to remember your body goals and make health-conscious decisions. Sounds impossible? It’s not depriving yourself when your body’s still benefiting from it, right? Here are seven ways to make sure you stick to the plan without worrying about your temporary freedom and packing on those extra pounds.

Research restaurants in advance

Traveling often leads to spending more cash on eating out than you initially budgeted for. We’re all guilty of that. So, the best way to cut down on impulsive food decisions is to plan in advance. If you don’t know where to eat, download apps like Yelp to find restaurants that suit your diet.

Keep your foods with benefits close.

To avoid getting hangry on the road, it’s wise to pack your healthy favorites. If you’re able to prepare meals in advance, do so so you can keep also your food temptations at bay. For example, cook with 7Grains‘ all-natural food options (easy-to-cook recipes can also be found on their website) and eat guilt-free. 7Grains products have less sugar and lower calories than its regular counterparts so you don’t have to worry about unwanted junk invading your digestive system. Imagine all the cash you can save for more pasalubong.

Launched in 2013, 7Grains started with a new mother looking for better, healthier and convenient ways to enjoy the food that she loved for her and her family. From the flagship product Skinny Carbs Shirataki Noodles — suitable for people on a keto, vegan, or gluten-free diet — it has expanded to offer more options for healthier substitutes to regular pantry staples.

Creating healthy replacements like coconut sugar instead of sugar, 7Grains does not add any of the nasty stuff like preservatives and flavor enhancers such as in their Skinny Seasoning.

Also, they use soybeans instead of flour for their pasta for a lower carb but higher fiber and protein content. 7Grains also has shirataki rice made from Japanese konjac yam for a low calorie and low carbohydrate version with highly soluble dietary fiber known as glucomannan. 

Ask for a smaller plate. We’re serious.

It’s definitely okay to treat yourself, especially when you just found that popular restaurant your foodie friend recommended. Go ahead, order their best-sellers, but remember to still eat balanced meals when you’re on your trip. Another way to stay on your diet plan without ruining your appetite is asking for a smaller plate instead of the dinner-sized one. This way you can still thank your friend for telling you about the place.

Hydrate. Water is your friend.

Don’t forget to bring your water tumbler everywhere you go. Not only will it save you from the extra hot days, you’re also sure that what you’re drinking won’t hurt your tummy. As a bonus, drinking before eating can help you with portion control.

Don’t stress, exercise when you can.

Whether it’s a hotel workout session or mid-trip stretch, fight away your guilt with quick exercise. Stay on track as much as you can, but above everything else, don’t let anything spoil your fun.

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Yna de Leon

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