Last week I had the opportunity to share Whole30/Food Freedom Travel Tips during an instagram live session with Tessemae’s. It was fun, (once I got over my initial jitters!) and was well received by the audience there, so I wanted to post the tips here, too!
These are the things I do consistently when I’m away from home to stay on track with healthy habits while still enjoying my travel time…
Before my experience with Whole30 I’d go on vacation and either over-restrict or over-do my food choices. If I over ate I would return home feeling horrible and if I over restricted I would feel deprived. It was a destructive cycle!
Using what I’ve learned through the Whole30, I’ve been able to find a much healthier (and fun) balance while I’m at home and away. It has truly made a difference in my life and I’m able to enjoy and savor my vacation time without guilt!
Have a mini survival kit on hand or create one when you arrive at your destination. Stock up on fresh fruit, veggies, meat sticks, compliant bars, small packages of nuts and olives, and travel dressing packets. Tessemaes’s makes individual packets of Caesar, Ranch, and Lemon Garlic that are perfect for travel. A balanced combo of these simple snacks can even serve as a “Cold Lunch” in a pinch and help you avoid getting “hangry!” As a mom I find that always having healthy snacks in my handbag is key for avoiding meltdowns as well…
Start your day with a Whole30 Breakfast…
Chances are you’ve heard me say this before, but it works so well it’s worth repeating! Having a balanced breakfast helps curb sugar cravings, provides steady energy, and sets intention for the day. As a starting point, I use the Whole30 Meal Template and include protein, vegetables, healthy fat, and sometimes fruit. (Coffee is always included!) I never skip breakfast and I’ve found that this habit prevents overeating throughout the day as well…
Stay Active and Don’t Skip Meals
This is pretty simple, but worth mentioning! Skipping meals sets you up to overeat later or be tempted to eat things you normally wouldn’t. We’ve all been there! Try to do something active everyday, even if its not your usual workout/amount of time. Every little bit counts, and you’ll still reap the benefits of being active! And don’t forget to stay hydrated…
Restaurant Research – Know before you go!
If you have the info, look up restaurants where you’ll be dining before you go. Or if you can provide your opinion, do a little research beforehand for healthy or farm to table restaurants to make suggestions. Then, review the menu to find choices that work for you. Call and ask any menu questions during non peak hours. I’ve found that right before the lunch or dinner shift are best times to call. This helps me feel in control of my choices and confident when ordering.
If you’re not sure there will be compliant options for you off the menu, have a meal at home right before you leave and pack a snack in your bag or car.
If you’re staying with a friend or family, offer to help with dinner prep or to make a side dish. It’s a fun, no pressure way to get your friends to try new, delicious foods that just happen to be Whole30!!
Decide What is Worth It with these 2 Questions: (for life after Whole30)
- Do I really want it? Yes or no….if answer is yes, move to second question.
- Is it worth it? This is where I determine if I’m truly wanting to eat/savor the food in question or if I’m using food to fill another need. Examples are feeling sad, tired, anxious, etc…Taking the time to think through this second question gives me the pause I need to clearly evaluate my feelings/thoughts.
Using what I’ve learned through the Whole30, I’ve been able to create and sustain a healthy balance. Putting these strategies into practice has helped me create a lifestyle that’s sustainable and works for me. Food Freedom was the resource that truly solidified these concepts for me…be sure to check it out!
Whole30/Food Freedom travel snack example: What I stocked my backpack with for a morning hike with my kids…all Whole30 compliant, except for the peanut butter RXBar!
Lululemon Street to Studio Pants (best travel pants ever!) / Free People Tank / Vans Perforated Leather Sneakers (under $60, great buy!) / Fitbit Alta HR / Quay Aviators / RXBAR Mango Pineapple and Peanut Butter Berry Bars / The New Primal Beef Thins / Brooklyn Biltong Jerky / Hydropeptide Solar Defense Tinted Moisturizer / RXBAR Almond Butter Packet / Chomps Jerky Stick / US Wellness Meats Jerky Stick
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! xx