Healthy Living is Not Always Easy

I follow a lot of food and nutrition blogs. I enjoy reading about what’s going on in the industry, other nutritionists’ strategies, food trends, and recipe ideas. That being said, I find that some nutritionists give the impression that they’re super human, and never experience temptation or have a craving for a juicy burger. Maybe they do, but they just don’t talk about it. I don’t want to be one of those nutritionists.

I’ll be honest with you; sometimes maintaining a healthy balance while travelling is a challenge. Living in hotels, wine tours, gourmet restaurants, amazing local cuisine…

I know what you’re thinking – that’s a challenge? Frankly, yes. It’s difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when this is the situation. Buffet breakfasts and eating out every meal presents temptations, such as croissants, bread baskets, appetizers and cheap wine.

How do I balance enjoying my current, once-in-a-lifetime situation, and living a healthy lifestyle?

A big part of it has to do with planning ahead. For example, I know that on Friday we’ll be sampling a lot of wine, and enjoying a gourmet lunch. Knowing this, I’ll make sure to choose a lighter option (salad with protein, or fish with vegetables), and say no to the vino on Thursday night. And, plan to hit the hotel gym Friday morning before the tour.

On Saturday, we fly to Santiago, Chile where we will have a kitchen, and access to a gym again. This will make it easier to fall back into the healthy routine. We’ve also booked a bike tour.  I    t’s a great way to see a city, and do something active.

When it comes down to it, living a healthy lifestyle requires some planning, saying no sometimes, and learning to make healthy choices. It can be hard, but it feels good, and pays off in the long run: you have more energy, feel better, look better and maintain your weight.

When you find yourself in tempting situations, don’t forget what you know about healthy living: when you’re out for dinner – say no to the bread and appies, creamy pasta dishes and the side of fries. Remember that restaurant portions are usually way bigger than you make at home, so take half to go for lunch the next day. Say no to dessert, order one glass of wine each versus a bottle to split, and stay active during the day! And finally – it’s ok to admit that it’s hard to live healthy sometimes. (Other nutritionists: I’m talking to you, too!)

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