It can be really tricky and a pain in the a** to eat healthy while traveling. No access to a kitchen, not being able to cook, eating out regularly, and the urge to try new food.
I struggled many years with the same, but it was ok because back then I was not a digital nomad. I was only traveling during vacations for short periods.
Nowadays, the exact opposite is true. I’m now a full-time nomad and with traveling full time, eating unhealthy and feeling blah‘ is not an option. As digital nomads, we need to stay healthy while traveling to ensure we have the stamina and health to enjoy the country we visit fully.
I admit. It’s actually harder to keep a healthy diet on the road. BUT . . . it is possible, and I’m going to give you the best tips that I personally use. So, ready? Steady – Go!
Stuck in a bus in the middle of nowhere? Usually, during this type of situation, the only appealing snacks are Oreos.
Have you been there? – I’ve been a hundred times! I decided to break this pattern by always carrying my own snacks.
Most hostels always offer the same old breakfast; toast + jam. These are high in white carbs and sugar. None of these will keep you full for long. Level it up by opting for whole wheat bread (if it is available – or buy your own), and add natural peanut butter and some fresh fruits to your breakfast. (I like to add real strawberries, blueberries or banana).
Some other options for breakfast that I always carry with me is porridge. I purchase oats and chia seeds and then mix them together so that I only have to carry one package. (Hey! We gotta live out of a backpack. So, saving up on space is essential.)
Add in a mashed banana, water and sprinkle some nuts (from your mixed-nuts snack bag). Get some fresh fruits from your hostel/accommodation, or purchase some from the fresh-fruit market nearby.
We can easily end up eating out most of the time while traveling. Instead of settling down to a restaurant or fast food joint, visit your local market. There you’ll always find local and fresh foods. Plus, it’s cheap and customizable.
In South America, try Ejecutivo. A dish that includes rice, beans, fried plantain, salad, and a choice of meat. I would always politely ask to remove the meat and instead give me more VEGGIES! It’s always worked!
In restaurants from all around the world, we are often confronted with French Fries. Ask to swap them for another carb, such as rice or just more veggies. Don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll be surprised how often people will accommodate a plate according to your preference.
Pro Tip: Learn to say the basic ingredients you wish to eat in the local language (or use Google Translate), or just go into the kitchen and point at the food you want. (I love doing the latter!)
There is so much more I would like to share with you, but if you start with these three tips I know, you’ll feel better very soon and have more energy to enjoy your digital nomad excursions.
“To travel is to eat!” So, have fun and keep on traveling and eating healthy.
Your Digital Nomad Fitness & Nutrition Coach, Ines Schubi.
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