4 Tips for Vacation Nutrition

Happy weekend! I am blogging from the mountains of Colorado for a ski weekend with friends. Do you find that traveling can derail your nutrition? Here are a few tips to keep you on track while traveling. I have used these tricks for myself and for my athletes traveling to different venues to compete. 

1. Keep a regular eating schedule. Eating every 4-5 hours can help keep your hunger manageable and avoid impulse purchases at the airport or gas station. Foods at these places are often high calorie, high fat foods that won't contribute positively to your health or body composition.

2. Pack yourself some snacks. Keeping non perishable items in your carry on baggage helps you maintain a regular schedule. Great choices can be squeezable applesauce packets, granola or protein bars, turkey or beef jerky, dried fruit, nuts, or trail mix. 

3. Carry a water bottle and stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, especially while at high altitude, keeps your brain and body functioning well. We can easily become dehydrated at high altitudes due to dry air - we use a lot of fluid to vaporize our exhaled air! 

4. Go the store when you arrive. Make it a point to go to the local grocery store to pick up some produce to ensure your vitamin and mineral content stays high. Airports, train stations, and other public places have a lot of individuals passing through them and can be a danger spot for picking up germs. PS this will also save you money while traveling! 

Stay tuned for the next blog where I share one of my favorite "make your own granola bar" recipes. They are wonderful to travel with and super versatile! 

Christine Steinmetz