You Can Still Eat Healthy On Vacation
Most airlines these days do not offer meals on short-haul or domestic flights. There is usually food for purchase which is fairly reasonable and most airlines require a credit card for payment. However, on flights over five hours, there may be a meal served, depending on the destination and the airline. With most international flights, there are usually two to three complimentary meals offered, depending on the flying time. As well, if you do require or even prefer a special meal – such as vegetarian, lactose-free, etc. you can advise your travel agent ahead of time and this can be pre-ordered for you.
Portable Healthy Snacks
In preparing for your flight, I usually suggest to passengers that they take some healthy snacks – like granola bars, dried fruit, or trail mix – something that you can tuck into your carry-on bag. I like to take a bagel with cream cheese – delicious, filing & healthy. Be careful about anything with peanuts or peanut butter as this tends to create problems with other passengers who may have peanut allergies. In regards to liquids, be aware of the limitations that some airports or regulation authorities put on carrying liquids through security. In general, your containers for liquids in your carry-on luggage have to be 3 ounces or less, so avoid bringing drinks or liquid-based snacks that they won’t allow you to carry through the check-point.
Living Standards Apply to Food, Too
Beware of differing food safety standards in different countries. Not all regions prepare food the same way, and traveling to a new region, you may be more susceptible to some problems with the local water or foods than the residents of that area. If you see food that looks particularly strange or you’re in an area known for unsafe drinking water, be careful what you consume. If your hotel does not offer free bottled water, make sure that you purchase some – it is always good to have drinking water available.
Give Your Taste Buds a Vacation
Enjoy some treats. Chances are, if you’re traveling, you’re on vacation! It’s okay to allow yourself some treats in either situation. Being healthy is important, but the best health practices involve moderation. Don’t starve yourself or deny yourself all the joys of the local cuisine. Keep health in mind, but don’t let it determine everything you do – try some delicious desserts!!