We’ve all gone on car trips before, and our eating habits were more than likely not the best. Meals were purchased at gas stations, and chances are you ate more preservatives during that trip than the rest of the month combined. Combining a very poor diet along with a bit shaky vehicle and you know that your stomach probably is not going to feel the best. We all know that it’s very difficult to eat on the run, but here are some tips to make your next road trip a bit healthier and contain a lot less junk food.
Bring Fruit Along. A day before you go on your trip, make a stop to the grocery store and pick up a few apples, bananas, and any other fruit that you might think will carry well. Grab two or three pieces for each day that you plan on being gone. If you have fruit with you, you’ll be much less tempted to eat junk food when you have some healthy alternatives around.
Force Yourself to Stop. Instead of stopping at a fast food restaurant or getting gas station food, force yourself to stop at a nice restaurant once a day, and sit down and enjoy the meal. Don’t rush yourself either, just enjoy the dining experience. When you sit down and enjoy your food, you’ll chew it more and it will digest better.
Avoid Excessive Soda. On the road we have a temptation to just sip on pop all day, and before we know if we’ve gone through a week’s worth of pop in just a day. You know that when you go to bed or wake up the next morning, it’s not going to be very enjoyable. Try to limit yourself to one or two beverages per day to keep your stomach at bay.
All Bran. Before you go to bed, munch on a nice handful of all-bran. Throughout the night that fiber will travel right through you and clear your system out for the next morning. It might sound a little bit gross, but after that trip to the bathroom in the morning, you will feel refreshed and renewed.
Grocery Stores, Not Convenience Stores. If you are hungry and need a quick stop, chances are there’s a Wal-Mart, Safeway or other grocery store in whichever town you happen to be driving through. Instead of reverting to a quick trip to the gas station, choose to go to a grocery store. Get yourself some fruit, nuts, crackers, or something that isn’t full of preservatives and just bad for you, like most gas station snacks.
It might be hard to eat on the road, but after a while your body will tell you exactly how much it is enjoying the food you are giving it, so eat healthy on the road when you need the energy the most.