Surprisingly easy ways to eat healthy on the road

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How do you stay healthy and maintain your diet while traveling and being on the road? Vacations and business trips can make sticking to your weight loss plan a nightmare. You are often stuck choosing between greasy fast food joints or grabbing chips from a gas station. However, you can stay on your diet and actually lose weight by following these tips.

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Use technology to plan your trip

Whether you are visiting a business client in another city or taking your family to see your aunt, you can take advantage of technology to make the trip easier. States such as Florida have 267,793 miles of road, and it is not easy to make your pit stops healthy. You know you have to pick places along the road that give you better diet options. Apps like AroundMe or Roadtrippers can help you plan your entire itinerary, so you will know the exact locations of healthy cafes and restaurants.

Stock your car with healthy options

Your cooler should have more than bottled water and plain cheese sticks. You want to stock your car with a wide variety of healthy food options that will help keep you full as you drive. Classics such as protein bars, nuts, trail mix and whole grain crackers are still popular. However, you can also find healthy cereals in small packages, vegetable juices in plastic containers, baby carrot snack packs and fresh fruit cups.

Stick to a meal schedule

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If your body is used to breakfast as soon as you wake up or lunch at exactly noon, you want to maintain this schedule on the road. You can set up alerts on your smartphone or other device to remind you to eat at a normal time. You can even program snack alerts, so you do not miss them. Although you are on the go, you can still keep a meal plan that helps you lose weight.

Ignore the temptations with a reward system

Road trips often include multiple temptations that range from delicious burger billboards to the aroma of fresh doughnuts. You have to avoid these temptations to maintain your diet, but it is not easy. Instead of assuming you will have the willpower to ignore them, you can set up a reward system before your trip starts. For example, you can reward yourself with a new book or scarf if you stick to your diet for the entire trip.

Make smart choices

You probably cannot fill your car cooler with enough food to last for the entire road trip. This means you will have to eat at other establishments along the way, but you can still save your diet. The key is to make smart and healthy choices at each location. Apps like HealthyOut can help you make better decisions by showing you the healthier options on a menu.

You do not have to give up your weight loss dreams during a road trip. By making smarter decisions and planning ahead, you can stay on your diet as you travel. Your road trip does not have to end with a mountain of burger wrappers in your car.

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