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Health & Medical

Don’t get off the road to good health

Taking a trip? Don’t let your diet stumble

Sherry DeWalt of CGH Medical Center
Sherry DeWalt of CGH Medical Center

When I go on vacation I relax my routine just a bit. I might have a glass of wine every day or a dessert. Nothing crazy. I just loosen things up a bit. To me that’s what makes a vacation special.

But if you travel more frequently – for your job, kids sporting events, etc. – it can be challenging to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan. This came to mind for me last week when I went on a short trip with family members to visit a sick relative. I had to do some planning and get a little creative to stick to my routine.

First and foremost, I had to remember that a plan is just that. To achieve our health and fitness goals, we have to be consistent. Just because we’re away from home it doesn’t mean that all the rules fly out the window. Daily activity, healthy food, and enough sleep are priorities for me and I wanted to make sure to achieve those even away from home. Here’s how it went.

I ate a good lunch before we left so I wouldn’t be tempted to snack in the car. We were also traveling with a toddler in tow, and his mom (my niece) had packed a cooler of healthy snacks, such as fruit, nuts, and low-sugar cereal. That’s another great tip and it helped avoid the drive through and gas station snacks.  

We ate dinner at the restaurant in our hotel. Most of you know that I am a plant-based eater, which can be a challenge. One trick I use: If there are not vegetarian options on the menu I order side dishes as my meal. I was able to fill up on a baked potato and a side of steamed vegetables. 

For my morning walk the weather was not cooperative. Luckily the hotel had a fitness room and a treadmill. I could have also resorted to walking the hallways and the stairs or a workout video on the internet.

The hotel had a great rate if you were there due to a hospital visit. I took advantage of it and booked a second room for myself and my sister. Selfish, I know, but said toddler would have surely disrupted my sleep! 

If life can be called a journey it makes sense that good health and traveling can co-exist.

Have a clear destination in mind (health) and take steps every day to ensure that illness does not create a detour in your trip.  

I was able to eat, exercise, and sleep well on my little trip. You can, too, with the right mindset.

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