Leaving Your Home, Not Your Health

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Leaving Your Home, Not Your Health

For some people, travel is a mixed blessing. You escape the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day routine, but you can also find yourself getting away from healthful habits. Suddenly there is no more fitness club, yoga studio, or familiar running path keeping you on your fitness regimen. But maybe more importantly, your eating habits are thrown for a loop. Here are some tips for staying on track while you travel this summer!

  • Use online restaurant guides to find the best dining options in your destination towns and cities. You can search “vegan” on both Yelp and Google Maps to find the closest options to your destination.
  • Most restaurants, whether they know it or not, can accommodate a vegan diet. Mexican? Bean burrito, hold the dairy products. Italian? Pasta with vegetables and marinara sauce. Japanese? Edamame and vegetable sushi rolls. Chinese? Steamed mixed vegetables, tofu, and rice. Download PCRM’s handy restaurant guide (PDF) for more suggestions.
  • Staying in a hotel? Request a mini-fridge if one is not provided. That way, you can keep some of your key basics on hand, like almond milk for a high-fiber cereal breakfast to start your day.
  • If you are flying, take nutritious snacks and meals. You can pack these or find them at progressive food kiosks in the airport. If it’s international, request a vegan meal option well in advance of the trip. In fact, confirm the request a day or two before the flight actually leaves. You will be the envy of your seat neighbors with by far the most appealing looking and tasting meal on the flight.
  • Don’t leave your room for a day’s worth of touring without fruit and other snacks. Good packed snacks include sandwiches on pita (already flat!), dried fruit, baby or sliced carrots, pretzels, apple sauce cup, and of course, water.