Staying Healthy While You Travel
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 1
When you’re traveling, you want your trip to be as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. A big part of that is preventing illness or injury for you and your loved ones while on the road. Another part is making sure you keep yourself properly fueled along the way.
Eating on the road can challenge a trim waistline and good nutrition sense. The Los Alamitos Medical Center staff knows the hazards of too much fast food, candy and coffee – the trick is finding an alternative.
So how to you keep from overdoing it on the road? The first key is to avoid vending machines, convenience stores, fast-food restaurants or snack bars. The second is to follow the American Dietetic Association’s “on the road” healthful eating tips:
* Fill sealable plastic bags with vegetable finger foods like carrot sticks, bell peppers and broccoli florets. Vegetables are a good source for complex carbohydrates, fiber and vitamins A and C.
* Pack different varieties of fresh fruit – they’re low in fat and good sources of vitamins A and C.
* Tuck in single-portion beverages. Take canned or boxed fruit juice, canned tomato juice and boxed milk. Keep beverages cool in a small, insulated container.
* Pack other portable, non-perishable foods. Good examples include crackers, pretzels, peanut butter, raisins, ready-to-eat cereal and dried fruit.
* Stock an insulated cooler with perishable foods like deli sandwiches, yogurt and cheese.
* Build physical activity into your daily plans. Get out of the car often to stretch or take a short walk. On overnight trips, find a local exercise club or jogging path.
* If you have no choice but fast-food restaurants, avoid high-fat, high-cholesterol meals. For example, order a chicken sandwich instead of the double-bacon cheeseburger.
Los Alamitos Medical Center