Guest Blog: Tips For Healthy Airport Eating

Thursday 12 December 2013

Getting on a flight now and then is something that the vast majority of people have to do. While traveling can be fun, it can also be a time when people give up their healthy eating habits. It is easy to get caught up in the temptation of junk food in airports, as they usually have limited food options, with much of them being highly processed items that even those who normally make it a priority to eat healthy would make exceptions for. Below are a few important and easy tips for maintaining a healthy diet while in airports.
To start, drinking a lot of water is always a good idea. This will allow your body to stay fully hydrated at all times, which will keep your energy levels high. When you are feeling good in this way, the temptation to eat junk food will not be as strong. Water will also help to keep your stomach full, which can curb the cravings that will usually catch most people and convince them to eat bad food. Because bottled water is often very expensive in airport stores, you will want to bring your own bottle from home. You cannot travel through airport security with a full bottle, but they will let you proceed through with an empty one. Once you get through security, you can simply fill your bottle at a water fountain as often as you like to.
Packing healthy snacks ahead of time for your travels is another smart thing to do. This will not only save you a lot of money, as healthy airport food is notoriously pricey, but will help you to keep your bad food cravings at bay. Nuts, fruits, vegetables and healthy snack bars of any kind will keep you full and feeling satisfied. Plus, you won't have to deal with the guilt that you would feel after eating a fatty, sugary and expensive snack from a vending machine or airport store when you already have healthy snacks ready to go.
Knowing ahead of time what foods you specifically want to avoid in an airport is a great way to increase your chances of not succumbing to the urge to buy junk food. Eating healthy when you are flying is smart not only for a long-term health standpoint, but also in terms of ensuring that your flight is as physically comfortable as possible. Fatty, sugary and oily foods will likely upset your stomach, which is the absolute last thing that you want to happen when you are surrounded by people in a confined space. Even people who do not normally eat in a healthy manner often avoid junk food while flying, as they are aware of how uncomfortable this type of situation can be.
Make sure that you do the appropriate research on the airports, the cities, as well as your destination. If you know what you are going to encounter when you arrive at the airport it will make it a lot easier. Also, make sure to research the areas of your destination as well as the city where you have a layover. You never know when you will have a flight cancelled and get stuck overnight in a random city. I was researching a trip for NYC and I found a great site with consumer reviews and travel guides for every city that can make it easy to book a health conscious hotel, restaurant, or anything you need! Planning ahead is always crucial to an effective nutritious lifestyle!
These are just a few basic ways that you can avoid unhealthy foods while traveling. As long as you make the conscious decision to eat good foods that will nourish your body and are properly prepared, you should have no problem sticking to a healthy diet while hopping between flights and airports.

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