Friday, April 17, 2015

How To Travel and Not Gain Weight

Walking is a wonderful way to see the local sights and get in some healthy activity.


Let me begin by telling you I know it is possible because I experienced it myself. I lived in a hotel for over 100 days while traveling from Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and landing in California. I moved hotel room to hotel room with a toddler by my side and was working on completing a holistic nutrition program.

3 Tips:
  • Exercise first thing in the morning
  • Search for healthy food and prepare
  • Get out and explore



    Exercise first thing in the morning:
    When you begin your day with exercise you are setting the tone for your day. By starting your day off with one healthy habit you are more likely to continue to make more healthy choices throughout your day. Exercise is also an outlet for releasing stress. Traveling can become a stressful time and we probably already know stress and eating healthy don’t always add up well. Begin your day by letting go of anything that is filling your body with tension, anxiety, or worry.

    Vegetarian sushi that was much more than just an avocado roll.


    Search for healthy food and be prepared:
    This one should be emphasized times three since you eat three meals a day. This is also the toughest area for most. So how do you find a healthy spot to eat? Research! yelp.com is my go to.  The key words I rotate through the search bar are:

    I found a place that served wellness tonics.
    • Healthy
    • Healthy food
    • Healthy restaurant
    • Organic restaurant
    • Organic grocery store
    • Natural food store
    • Juice bar
    • Vegetarian
    Once your search results come up and you choose one that catches your eye it doesn't stop there. Visit their website, especially their menu.

    Before moving to the middle of the desert (Fort Irwin, CA), I did some research on our food options. When I was searching guess what came up as healthy? Fast food restaurants!

    Healthy and fast food just don’t go together. Some of the results that come up for healthy aren’t really healthy when you go a little further into them. I do enough research on a restaurant that I know exactly what I am going to order when we get there. 


    While living in a hotel for 100 plus days I packed our Blendtec blender in my suit case. We were able to have fresh juice or smoothies every morning from produce I would purchase at Whole Foods, a natural food store or a farmers market.

    When you visit one of these stores to purchase your morning produce you also can stock up on kids snacks if needed and ask other health minded people for their suggestions on where to eat.

    Food can affect your mood and the way your clothes fit, so do your research - it's important.

    Farmers markets are a great opportunity to learn about the local community.

    Get out and explore:

    There’s a lot to see and do when you are in a new place. Get out there! Look for a type of fitness activity you haven't tried before or one you love and do not get to do regularly. Go on walks, hikes, look up the highlights of that area and go see them all. When you get out and explore you are engaging your mind as you experience something new, are keeping active and there’s a good chance you will have some fun which are all great for your health. 


    Hiking may be the perfect way to stay active and get a different view of your surroundings.


    While traveling for this long I was able to maintain my healthy lifestyle and add some new inspiration in from what I found. We continue to travel regularly, just shorter trips now. But I still put these three tips into practice every time. Try it out your next trip and maybe you’ll find something life changing.

    In good health,
    Vanessa Hartmann





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    31 comments:

    1. Those avocado rolls look amazing!

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      1. This was from whole foods. They have amazing vegan sushi!

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    2. Being a vegetarian sushi can get old with the plain basics. My husband loves sushi so we try to visit one that is veggie friendly too. This was one of my favorite sushi rolls ever!

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    3. Exercise first in the morning sounds like a great idea. Kim Kardashian is on the headline alot these days. She travels so often from one city to one city but she never miss her workout.

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      1. I always exercise first thing so nothing can prevent it from happening later in the day. :)

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    4. Great advice and great tips. Love your pictures too. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      1. Thank you Marla. I've been using these tips regularly for quite a few years. :)

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      1. Thanks Sandra, hope you found them helpful for your next trip!

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    6. The sushi looked awesome! Was it made with black rice or died with a beet or something similar?

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      1. Black rice, it was the first time I had it. I loved it!

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    7. Your Avocado Rolls look delicious. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

      Cheers,
      Kathy Shea Mormino
      The Chicken Chick
      http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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      1. Thanks Kathy!! Avocado is my favorite for a veggie roll.

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    8. These are some great tips! I like the idea of doing hikes and such to stay active. Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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      1. Hi JES, I love hiking for exercise and a nice change of scenery being in nature!

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    9. These are great tips!

      Thanks for linking up with the Saturday Spotlight!

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      1. Thank you Alycia, I've found they work great!

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    10. That is a long time to live in a hotel, I think I might go a bit crazy :) And yes it would be so easy to just eat bad and not get the exercise you need in that situation. Great tips. Thanks so much for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere link party.

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      1. Staying physically healthy kept me mentally healthy :)

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    11. Great advice and tips! Thanks for sharing it with the Say G'day party! Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!

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    12. Great points. I find that walking when traveling is a plus.

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      1. Thank you Betty, I try to always walk more when traveling. Such a great way to see everything.

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    13. Great tips! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

      Holly
      www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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    14. Love these tips - they are sensible and will definitely help! Pinned to my travel board and tweeted. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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    15. Great post! I actually do better while traveling. We often visit farmers markets and buy fresh veggies to cook and lots of walking or hiking. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
      hugs,
      Jann

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      1. I love checking out local farmers markets!

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    16. Moving to italy at the end of the year. Will be nomads for nearly a month, so I will keep these in mind :)

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      1. Looking forward to hearing how it goes Jackie. :)

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