I have many friends who love to travel. It’s almost every day that I see a Facebook post from them while they are traveling to Vietnam, or New Zealand, or Germany. I sometimes like to travel too, however I worry about staying healthy during the travel days.
If you’re on a diet, it’s difficult to stay on that diet when you’re traveling to a new city or country. You often don’t have control over the food choices that you get in airports and train stations. You also don’t have a clue about the food at the place you’re visiting and a lot of food choices aren’t healthy.
One solution that I found and that you can try is to completely avoid food while you travel. Now, I don’t mean that you should starve for the length of your vacation or trip. What I mean is that you can avoid eating during certain times of day and only eat when you have access to healthy food options.
You can do this by doing intermittent fasting. Fasting is not eating food for a certain time window and then eating again once that time window has expired. By fasting, you can not eat the food when you’re on a plane or train and then eat when you have arrived at your hotel.
I’ll explain more below, but one main benefit of fasting is that you don’t have to worry about your diet. If you’re the type of person who worries about small details, intermittent fasting while traveling can be freeing for your mind. It gives you freedom to not worry about food and simply enjoy your holiday.
How to do intermittent fasting while traveling
It’s important to note that intermittent fasting (IF) is about timing your meals. There are big benefits to doing this type of fasting even when you’re not traveling. Some of the benefits include:
- Better control over your appetite
- Improve your insulin sensitivity
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Increase your life longevity
Fasting can also be a solution when your travels mess up your schedule. If you’re on a diet and workout regime, then you most likely stick to a schedule when you’re home. You need to eat at certain times and exercise at certain times. But when you travel, your schedule changes and you can’t do everything you need to do.
Fasting helps with these issues because you spend less time eating. You can adjust your meal time to the schedule when you’re on vacation or traveling. And you can enjoy meals with friends and then fast afterwards to maintain a calorie deficit important for maintaining weight.
To support your fasting, when you eat during travel:
- Choose foods that are high in protein and fat, and low in carbs like chicken breast and salad
- Avoid eating starches like from rice, bread, and pasta
- Bring a healthy snack or protein shake to keep getting your nutrition needs
There are various types of fasting methods. A common fasting period is around 14-16 hours. You eat dinner around 08.00 P.M and then skip eating breakfast before you continue to eat lunch around 10.00-12.00 noon. Your first meal should have lean protein, fresh fruits and green vegetables.
Make these food choices when selecting meals at your hotel or when you’re eating with friends. This fasting schedule should give you ample time to enjoy the day sight seeing or doing other activities.
Now you know that intermittent fasting while traveling is possible and has many benefits. It does require discipline to do it and stay healthy even while you are enjoying a new city or country. But fasting is less stressful than constantly having to watch what you eat while trying to take in the experience of being in a new country.
In this case, fasting helps you control your willpower. You don’t have to feel guilty if you eat outside of your diet regime. As a result, you spend less time eating and more time enjoying your travels. These benefits alone should be reason enough for you to try intermittent fasting while traveling.