8 Tips To Eat Healthy When Holiday Travelling

1. Eat before you leave

This might seem obvious, but most of the people I know delay packing, commuting and arrival for so long they show up at the airport hungry, a slave to their uber-processed industrial food surroundings. You can avoid this by simply planning time for a meal beforehand.

2. Pack snacks

A decent meal before you leave and a few nuts and maybe a piece of fruit inflight should get you through any flight six hours or under.

Remember, in most cases eating airplane food is a choice, not a necessity.

3. Stay hydrated

Hunger is amplified when you’re even slightly dehydrated. Combat these afflictions by drinking plenty of water both before and inflight.

4. Nourish yourself

Immune systems function best when they are well nourished. To protect yourself from the zillions of germs you’re exposed to in airports be sure to eat a healthy supply of fruits and vegetables for the days surrounding your flights (each way). And don’t forget your multivitamin.

5. Go vegetarian for a little while

Maybe your flight is 10+ hours. For whatever reason, sometimes you’re forced to sell your soul and, dare I say it, eat airport/plane food. In these cases I recommend ordering strategically to avoid the worst: refined carbohydrates and industrial meat. Consider going vegetarian for a few hours to avoid CAFO meat. Look for options with extra vegetables—even if they taste bad, it’s not like the worse-for-you food is going to taste much better.

6. Look for Mexican restaurants

If you’re in an airport, Mexican restaurants are a great bet because you can almost always get beans, rice and some kind of vegetable. This is filling and moderately nutritious (plus salsa and guacamole are hard to mess up).

7. Look for high-end salads

Salads with some kind of protein are your second best option, but the taste will be more hit or miss with these compared to Mexican food. If salad is your only choice, I recommend finding the nicest spot in the entire airport to minimize your risk of getting nasty veggies and potential food poisoning.

8. Watch your portions

No matter what you choose, if you’re eating airport food it isn’t going to taste good and is unlikely to be particularly healthy. Eat as little as you need to stop the hunger. Don’t expect to be full or satisfied, in fact it may be better if you aren’t.