Eating healthy while travelling

Published on: 04 Apr 00:52

We are all familiar with that: We are on the move, didn’t have the time for preparing some meal and get really hungry on the way to our destination. What is cheap and easy to find anywhere? Exactly, fast food. In Germany you’ll find McDonald’s, bakeries, kebab shops, chinese food, sausages in a bun, etc. In other countries you’ll get tacos, fried rice, filled dumplings, fish&chips, and so on. Some countries, like Indonesia for example, provide white rice with cooked vegetables on the street, but that’s not the norm. So, how do digital nomads stay healthy (and fit in a sportive way), when they’re changing location every week or live in hostels with only poor kitchen equipment.

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1. Stay longer in one place

As a digital nomad it’s very tempting to travel around and to experiences new things every day. Nevertheless, it’s also pretty exhausting and difficult to develop a routine. Furthermore, deep relationships are established rarely because of changing place frequently. That’s why it makes more sense to stay a few months in only one place (at least a couple of weeks), to live in a hostel or an apartment with a well appointed kitchen and to buy food from the local market. There you can always get regional vegetables, fruits, fresh fish or meat and other delicacies for low prices. Staying longer in the same place allows you to establish an everyday life, to work out frequently and to build long-term friendships. Most of the digital nomads prefer this kind of travelling rather than hopping from hostel to hostel every week, the way backpackers love to journey.

2. Take healthy snacks

Before a long trip it’s always better to prepare something to eat, for avoiding to eat unhealthy snacks at the trainstation or petrol station when getting hungry. Suitable are cold meals, fruits, sandwiches or raw veggies. Also salads can be taken, but only if the dressing is homemade. Processed dressings often contain lots of calories, transforming a harmless salad into a large meal. A healthy dressing can be prepared with salad oil (olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, peanut oil, etc.) and a bit of vinegar or lime juice. For a more filling salad cheese (like mozzarella or feta), nuts, tuna or other healthful fats (avocados) and proteins (a cooked egg for example or salmon) can be added. Generally, fats are assuemd as be fattening, but it depens on the type of fats. As long as you only consume unsaturated fatty acids you can eat as much as you want (but don’t exaggerate).

3. Avoid carbs

Instead of avoiding fats, which are like proteins very filling, you should rather forgo carbs. Sometimes there is no time for preparing a healthy meal before a trip, so you can either try not to eat anything (apparently, it is pretty healthy to fast for 16h per day – you can start while sleeping) or to buy something on the way that probably contains carbs. In those cases, there are some possibilities for still staying healthy:

4. Mealprep

Well, it means, you cook lots of food in a row, so you have many small portions you can put in the freezer and take them with you when you go on a journey. Makes only sense when having a homebase and a fridge ;)

5. Entertainment

While sitting in a plane, car, bus, ship, or whatever and waiting to finally arrive to the desired destination, it can get boring easily. Many people start to eat when they’re bored even though they’re not feeling hungry at all. Therefore, it is recommendable to keep yourself busy, for example by reading a book or watching a movie. Some people get sick though and can’t do many things while travelling. Ginger or tablets against travel sickness can help in that case, but avoid (travel) chewing gums. Chewing makes your body believe that you’re eating something and the stomach waits for digesting it. But like there’s nothing arriving in the stomach, it reacts with hunger.

6. The right gear

For staying healthy while travelling It is very useful to be equipped with a hand blender, lunch boxes and camping cooking equipment!