Tips provided by Sutter Health
Whether you’re traveling locally or abroad, healthy eating habits can travel with you this summer. Just make these strategies part of your routine.
STOP FOR SMART SNACKS
What to do: Stash healthy snacks in your carry-on or in the glove compartment. This is a great way to ensure you’re not hitting the hotel vending machine or a fast-food drive-through for a quick fix. Granola bars, dried fruit and pretzels are good options. Or consider taking a small cooler filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and beverages.
Also, eat small meals every three to four hours so that you’re not starving later in the day. Skipping meals often leads to overeating. And too many calories can contribute to unwanted weight gain.
What to do: Diarrhea is the most common traveler’s illness, especially when traveling abroad. Whether you’re at home or away, remember to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based rub. This kills germs on your hands that could cause food contamination.
When traveling abroad:
- Avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes if visiting developing countries. In those places, drink only boiled or bottled water.
- Eat thoroughly cooked foods. If you eat raw fruits and vegetables, make sure they are washed and peeled first.
- Avoid food from street vendors.
FUEL UP ON FLUIDS
What to do: Don’t forget the bottled water. Drinking plenty of liquids is especially important if your trip includes a flight. Strive for 8 ounces of water for each hour you fly.