Sticking to a diet can be extremely difficult at times, and when you’re traveling it can seem nearly impossible. In most cities, you will see all kinds of sugary treats and greasy comfort foods in all the places that are highly trafficked by tourists. However, it’s important that you don’t get caught in that trap and that you stay strong. Here is how to stick to your diet when you travel.
- Try to pack snacks with you. At this point we all know that we can’t travel by plane with liquids, but you can travel with all kinds of dry foods. If there is a certain type of snack that complies with your diet that you like to eat throughout the day and you’re not sure if you can find it where you’re traveling, then be sure to pack those snacks with you. Every time you pass some wonderful smelling food truck or snack stand, you can reach into your bag for your snacks and satisfy your appetite without breaking your diet.
- Find a hotel with a kitchen. If you’re traveling to Denver, then you want to do a search to see if you can book hotels in Denver with some kind of small kitchen. The more that you can eliminate your need to eat at restaurants while you’re traveling, the easier it will be to stick to your diet. This way, you can just go to a grocery store and stock up on all of your normal goods, and then make all of your own meals in the hotel room. Or at least most of them.
- Tailor your search for restaurants to your specific diet. Let’s face it, there are a lot of diets out there that are so obscure, most restaurant owners have never even heard of them, let alone begun to start serving meals that are compliant with them. However, if you’re on a diet that requires you to eliminate meats and cheeses, then you can look specifically for vegan and vegetarian restaurants. If you’re on a diet that requires you to eliminate carbohydrates, then you might want to look for steakhouses or diners.
- Find yourself a mantra. No matter where you go, there will probably be temptations around every corner. That’s why you want to have some kind of a verbal reminder to give yourself whenever you are feeling your willpower becoming weaker. It may be something like, “my body is a temple,” or “you are what you eat.” No matter what it is, it has to really speak to you, and you have to really repeat it to yourself all the time.
- Travel with somebody who is on the same diet. One of the best ways to really keep yourself on the right track is when you have the support of someone else who is going through the same thing. If you don’t plan on traveling with anyone who is already on your diet, you may want to ask your travel companion if he or she will try the diet at least for the duration of your trip together. It could be a great way to bond, plus, they’ll probably feel better because of it.