Avoiding Airport Dietary Disasters

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Here are my tips for flying and traveling at any time of year, including the hectic holiday season.

 

A Cooking With Dr. Olivia blog reader sent this article with great tips for the holiday travel season over to share with you. Thank you Cole Mill for this great post.

Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, if you’ve established a healthy diet, the last thing you want to do is ruin it. Unfortunately, airports are a smorgasbord of tasty but unhealthy foods designed to tempt hungry people with little time to spare. When faced with everything from sugary lattes to fresh-baked cinnamon buns, it can be a challenge to resist such indulgence. Fortunately, by taking the proper steps, you can reduce the temptation and maintain your health and figure. Here are some of the ways that you can avoid airport dietary disasters.

Eat Before You Leave

Going to the airport hungry is a lot like going to the store hungry in that it’s not a wise decision. Hunger drives impulsivity, making you much more likely to eat things you know you shouldn’t. It’s always better to eat before leaving for the airport. If you’re really pressed for time before your trip, consider preparing something the night before. Anything you can make at home is virtually guaranteed to be healthier and more satisfying than anything you’ll find at airport restaurants.

Bring Your Own Food

If you’re on a long-haul flight, you’re probably going to get hungry at some point. While most airlines provide meals and snacks for such trips, they’re not usually the healthiest fare. For this reason, it’s recommended that you bring your own foods that fit your dietary needs and preferences. Sandwiches, salads, cereal bars, nuts, dried or fresh fruit, jerky and yogurt are all fantastic options.

Do Your Homework

Once you’ve found out which airport you’ll be departing from, do a search online to see what kinds of restaurants it harbors. Also learn about the restaurants and hotels in the nearby area. You never know when you are going to be stuck over night on a layover. I had a flight cancelled recently while I was in Boston after a Red Sox game and thought I was in a trouble. I did a quick search and found a great list of hotels and restaurants in Boston that could cater to the health conscious. Researching everything is extremely important. By doing this, you’ll be better able to gauge the availability of health-conscious menu items. Steer clear of places serving junk foods, barbecue, fried foods and other health nightmares. You’re much better off with places that serve Mediterranean fare, salads, soups and lean meats.

Drink Plenty of Water

Many people don’t realize that thirst can be mistaken for hunger, and they eat needlessly as a result. Meanwhile, what your body really wants is water, so it’s important that you stay properly hydrated on your trip. Unfortunately, recent security measures forbid you from bringing more than three ounces of liquid through the terminal gates. To make matters worse, you can expect to pay an obscene amount of money for a bottle of water once you’re on the plane. That said, there is one way around this problem. Simply bring an empty bottle and fill it in the restroom or from a water fountain once you’ve gone through security.

Get Some Exercise

Sitting around waiting for your flight can drive you to eat out of boredom, which is the worst dietary mistake you can make. Instead of sitting there and snacking needlessly, get up and walk around. Taking a stroll keeps you preoccupied so you’re less likely to eat for amusement. Furthermore, it has the added benefit of helping you burn off some extra calories. You can increase the physical benefits by bringing your luggage along with you.

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