Away-from-home travel no longer furnishes an excuse for eating poorly. “Staying in top physical condition is easier now than it’s ever been,” says David Nieman, assistant professor of nutrition and fitness at Lorma Linda University’s School of Health.
Because of the facts revealing epidemic proportions of obesity, diseases, and sickness, people nowadays become more health conscious. This is especially true among adults above the age of 30, who, at one point have already felt a bodily discomfort brought about by unhealthy eating practices. Also, the fast-food chains have capitalized on our preoccupation with health, and offer fine salad bars, multi-grain breads, and light-calorie choices.
Your lifestyle, even away from home, says a great deal about how much you value keeping fit. Add to that, witness the joy of a body that feels good, looks good, and performs well, and you have a great motivation for cultivating good health habits.
However, taking care of yourself while you’re on the road will not just happen on its own. A good diet requires planning, motivation, and determination.
Your road diet
Think about your present road diet. Do milk shakes, fries, and grilled cheese form its bulk (and yours)? “Unfortunately, we all tend to fall into three common traps,” says Pauline Landhuis of Medical Dietetics at the University of Missouri in Columbia. “Most people have a cultivated taste for too much sugar, too much salt, and too much fat.”
Although a direct correlation between these diet faults and three of the most dangerous medical conditions –heart disease, obesity, and cancer—is difficult to prove, Landhuis says there is no question that salt, sugar, and fat contribute to risk factors.
Fueling your body properly is simple, even away form home. “Variety is the key,” says Landhuis. “Choose from the basic food groups each day. Don’t consume so much food as to be overweight. Cut down on salt and fat. Fortunately many restaurants are making that easy.
Landhuis stressed the importance of breakfasts, but says traditional breakfast foods are not necessary. “Pizza’s fine if you like it.” Landhuis cautions against using too many eggs because of their high cholesterol. “No more than three eggs a week,” she says, and remember that eggs form the basis of pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Breakfast is an ideal time for the fiber and protein cereal, but don’t use the sugared kinds.
Adults need regular calcium supply, so be sure to include milk products and dark green leafy vegetables in your daily selections.