Last weekend, I traveled to Austin, Texas to visit a friend and explore the city. I’d never been before so my main priority was experiencing as much of it as I could in a short three-day period. The result? A successful and tasty tour of Austin’s finest breakfast taco establishments, lots of coffee, and miles of walking around beautiful downtown.
When traveling, it’s easy to both over and under-indulge in life’s finer things, depending on where you’re at in your whole health journey. In the past, there have been times where I’d avoid anything that was not strict paleo, and cram in my regular one-a-day workout sessions. Other times, I’ve enjoyed every treat and dish I could possibly want, only to end up feeling pretty crummy by the time I got home.
While we each have to find our own balance in food and fitness when traveling, here are a few of my favorite tips to help you get started.
1. Make fitness fun: Consider walking rather than hailing a cab or taking a bus. It’s an awesome way to explore the city you’re visiting and stumble upon coffee shops and stores you might have otherwise passed by. Another great trick is to try a new workout in your destination city. On Friday, I went to a Pure Barre class in Austin with my friend because it’s her go-to workout during the week. While I am likely not going to become a Barre fanatic anytime soon, it was a fun experience and a great way to squeeze in a workout while still experiencing the vacation.
2. Enjoy treats in moderation: Again, this is going to look different for everyone. For myself personally, this means I enjoyed plenty of breakfast tacos (I typically restrict corn tortillas and cheese but when in Austin, one must eat these!), an extra cup of coffee or two, and gluten-free treats. Know how food makes you feel and stay tuned into it, but don’t let it spoil the fun, either. Oh, and I discovered the joy that is an avocado margarita (from Curra’s Grill, for anyone planning to travel to Austin). Totally paleo, right?
3. Bring your own snacks to the airport: Seriously, most airports I’ve traveled to are way behind the ball on offering any type of whole food options. The best I’ve found is a $7 fruit bowl or possibly a “protein box” from a coffee shop. In a pinch, these might be OK but being prepared is often a less stressful and more enjoyable approach. Some of my go-to travel snacks include plantain chips, Larabars (or other gluten-free friendly snack bars), beef jerky, and my new favorite, Livin’ Spoonful sourdough crisps. When you’re hungry and stuck on a plane for several hours, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.
What are some of your tips for balancing food and fitness while traveling? Leave a comment below or tweet me @candicedeforest.
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