Whether for business or pleasure, traveling comes with an inherent element of stress and healthy eating will benefit you in more ways than one. But when we’re in unfamiliar territory, hustling to make planes, reading maps, and keeping an eye on our belongings, it’s easy to overlook our nutritional needs and just look to serve the hunger, not the body. Gluten-free eating does not necessarily mean healthy eating and by the time we’re aware of not feeling our best, it’s often too late. But there are three tips that can help:
From the start, make sure you’re paying attention to fiber. If watching your fiber intake at home is challenging, keeping track on the road is even more so, and traveling can easily disrupt regularity. The gluten-free snacks you bring with you may be sweet, indulgent carbohydrates that keep you happy and full, but may be highly refined and lack quality fiber. So it’s important to eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads as much as you can in conjunction with meals and snacks. Adding healthy whole grains such as brown rice can be beneficial also. For every one or two gluten-free carbohydrate snacks you eat, have a fresh fruit like an apple to keep things in balance.
When traveling in planes and cars for long periods of time, water retention is a common complaint. Avoid large amounts of salty and processed gluten-free foods to help keep water retention and bloating from escalating. Consider bringing a small, plastic travel bottle filled with olive oil to use as a healthy salad dressing with lemon, great for eating salads at airports.
And it goes without saying, drink plenty of water!