How I stay healthy when I travel

2016 has been a year of adventures for me. I’ve travelled around Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Peru. It’s been an amazing year so far. I won’t live in Chile forever, so i’m trying to get to know as much of South America as I can before I leave.

IMG_8231If you’re someone who tries to keep a healthy diet, travelling can sometimes get in the way of your goals. But fear not!! There’s always a healthy option out there for you if you’re willing to make some sacrifices.

Let me start out by saying I don’t eat 100% healthy when I travel, because that’s impossible. Anytime you eat anything you didn’t personally cook, chances are it won’t be the healthiest. But would you rather stay home all day and eat 100% healthy and never go out an explore? I don’t think so 😁

These are a few things I do to try to stay healthy while travelling:

1. Prepare for slip ups!
When I first started eating healthy, I would beat myself up if I wasn’t staying extremely healthy while travelling. I’d eat a slice of pizza and feel horrible. It’s taken me time, but I’ve found balance, and now I know I won’t be able to keep it 100% clean while I travel, because where’s the fun in that? The whole point of travelling is to meet new cultures, and that includes different foods from around the world. It’s ok to eat that slice of pizza, that macaroon, that fried rice. But…

2. Don’t overindulge though
Yes, try new foods. Enjoy them. But just as you can’t eat 100% healthy, you shouldn’t take it to the other extreme either. It’s fun to try new foods, but new foods doesn’t always mean unhealthy foods.

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3. Find healthy options
Whenever I plan a trip, I go on trip advisor and look for vegetarian or vegan restaurants. I’m not a vegetarian, but I love how creative their menus always are. There’s always plenty of healthy options in vegetarian restaurants, and it’s always so refreshing to eat lots of veggies after indulging in unheathy local foods.

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4. Find a local market
Sure, you should go out to lunch and dinner at different restaurants and enjoy the local cuisine. But if you’re hungry during the day, don’t just go for the first snickers or skittles you find. I always try to find a local market and buy lots of nuts, fruits and any other kind of healthy snacks. I looooove trying weird fruits from different countries.

5. Drink lots of water
This is something I do on a day to day basis, and while i’m travelling I always make sure i’m properly hydrated. Sometimes I think i’m hungry but in reality, i’m just thirsty. Invest in a good water bottle and make sure you always fill it up!

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I cooked this easy Quinoa Fruit Salad (from my recipe book) for some friends while we were in a hostel in Peru

 

6. Cook at least one meal
As you might already know, I love cooking. When i’m travelling, I always try to cook at least one meal. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Many of the meals I make come from my recipe book. Whether it’s an avocado toast for breakfast, or a quinoa salad for lunch, I love the feeling of eating something I made and knowing exactly what’s in it. If there’s a kitchen where you’re staying, then there’s no excuses! If you’re staying at someone’s house, a home cooked meal is always appreciated.

7. Walk!
Walking is the best way to get to know a city. You can walk as slow or fast as you want, go and stop as you please, and it’s free! I try to avoid taxis whenever I can; they usually try to charge you more than necessary. I also like using the public transport (bus or metro) and you usually have to walk to get there. When i’m on vacations I don’t always have time to workout, but walking everywhere counts as a workout, right!? 😊

8. Don’t worry too much about it!
If you fail to keep it healthy while you’re away from home, try not to stress it. After all, travelling should be a fun time, not a stressing one!! Keep it as healthy as you can if you can, and if you can’t then get back to it when you get back home.

So that’s it!
I hope at least one of these tips is useful for you. Enjoy your travels!!

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