How to eat well while overseas
A: I think this is a concern shared by many people when they travel. The holiday mindset for many often means consuming more alcohol and eating out more often. But, there are a certainly a number of strategies you can use to make sure you are still able to find and choose nourishing options.
With the US specifically and the use of high fructose corn syrup, I would certainly encourage you to avoid or at least limit your consumption of packet foods. Opt for nuts, fruit, vegetable snacks and hummus (checking the label of course), should you need food on the go.
Eating well is obviously a priority for me, so much so that I will often choose my accommodation (when overseas) based on how close I will be to nourishing food options. If it’s an option you may like to choose accommodation that has cooking facilities to give yourself the option of preparing your own food. Even having breakfast in can ensure you start the day with a nourishing meal (not to mention the cost saving benefits.)
Certainly ensuring you get enough vegetables when dining out can be an issue, so having a couple of nights in may be welcomed. The other point I think is relevant is to eat when you’re hungry, not just because it’s ‘‘something to do’’ – eating can become in part a cultural exploration which is part of travelling but not when you’re eating purely as an activity.
When you’re eating out you can also do simple things like order an entree-sized meal (the US tend to have larger serving sizes), order additional vegetables on the side and ask for any dressing or sauces on the side. It can also be helpful to order a green juice/or smoothie when available and look for the local wholefoods store to pick up supplies, or consider packing a good quality greens powder for those days where you just aren’t able to get the vegetables in.