The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Eating Healthy While Traveling
Eating good means consuming a balanced mix of nutritious foods on a regular basis. When you travel for a living, however, maintaining a balanced diet is easier said than done. Not only are you on the go quite often, but with an array of temptations from new sights, tastes, and smells around every corner, staying on track with your diet can be rather difficult. Essentially, digital nomads need to be healthy in order to continue traveling for a living.
The key to healthy eating while traveling as a digital nomad means finding a balance between indulging in new cuisines and eating things that are best for your overall well-being. Below, are some suggestions on how to do this.
Only Eat Out Once a Week
Your money won’t last very long if you’re eating out three meals a day during your travels. You also tend to pack on more calories when you eat out as opposed to when you cook for yourself. To stay healthy as a digital nomad, it’s a good idea to set limits. Eating out once a week allows you to indulge in local cuisine while staying healthy.
Purchase Whole and Organic Foods
Lots of foods today are saturated with ingredients or put through processes that aren’t good for the body. To stay healthy during your travels, it is essential for you to consume more whole and organic foods as they are the most authentic and nutrient-dense options available to you. From organic cornmeal and grass-fed meats to fresh fruits and veggies, do your best to purchase these items in grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, and online so you always have fresh ingredients on hand when preparing meals.
Plan and Prep Meals Weekly
Cooking for yourself as a digital nomad doesn’t have to be a chore. This is especially true if you plan and prep on a weekly basis. Decide what you’ll eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week. Then, go to the grocery store and shop for the ingredients necessary to prepare these meals. Come home and clean, cut, chop, season, and even cook some of the ingredients to make it easier for you throughout the week. Store the food in air-tight containers to avoid the meals from going bad.
Learn Quick and Healthy Recipes
Cooking for yourself most of the time can get pretty boring. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of culinary skills or experience. To break up the monotony and to prevent the temptation to eat something not good for you, start doing some research to find quick and healthy recipes you might like to try. You can check online, ask some locals, or purchase a cookbook filled with recipes that are just as great-tasting as they are healthy.
Create an Eating Schedule
This might sound crazy, but if you’ve been a digital nomad long enough, you know you can get easily distracted. There are so many things to see and do that you can get so wrapped up that you forget to eat. If you’re going to keep exploring the world, however, your mind and body need the proper amounts of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins to thrive. Create an eating schedule that includes at least three meals each day. If necessary, put this schedule on your phone and set an alarm so that you are reminded to stop what you’re doing and eat.
Use Convenient Cooking Devices
It’s fortunate that these days most hotels, rentals, and air BnB accommodations have kitchens available for their guests to use. This makes cooking for yourself a lot more convenient. When possible, you can save yourself some time and make cooking a lot easier by using small kitchen appliances. A crockpot, for example, can be used to make everything from stew to pasta with set and forget features that prevent you from spending hours in the kitchen.
Staying healthy on the road isn’t as simple as you’d imagine. From distractions and inconveniences to new sights and smells, keeping a well-balanced diet is a struggle for many digital nomads. The above-provided suggestions, however, provide a simpler solution to getting the nutrition you need daily without sacrificing too much time, energy, or money.