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       Volume I - January 16, 2009

Staying Healthy While Traveling
by Patty Liston

With all of the new security rules, traveling can be stressful—and complicated. Even though food at the airport is expensive, okay, VERY expensive, we still find long lines in front of snack bars and cinnamon roll stands. If you are trying to maintain your health, a little planning will help you eat smart while on the road, in the air, or on the rails.

Monica Montes, R.D. is co-founder of Pasadena, California's N.E.W. Health-Salud Nueva, Inc, and is an expert in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and diet, even while traveling. Some of her tips include the following:

Eat three meals a day.
First and foremost, says Montes, you should remember that your body needs three meals a day. It's easy to skip meals when travel plans disrupt your normal routine, but you should always make an effort to have a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner no matter where you are.

Plan ahead.
While traveling, you should avoid being stuck in a position where there is nothing to eat but higher fat fried foods. This means planning ahead, knowing where you will be at mealtimes, and arranging to have low fat options whenever possible. If you do find yourself having to eat very rich, creamy dishes or high fat foods, just have a smaller portion.

Bring snacks.
Snacks are also very important when you are traveling, as you may often find yourself in places where no food is available. When packing snacks for your pockets, briefcase or backpack, choose healthy options like pretzels, rice cakes, low fat mozzarella, or nuts.

Carry bottled water.
Water is key to maintaining a nutritious diet, and staying hydrated is very important for your body and mind. Depending on you travel destination, local water may not be safe to drink, so carry safe bottled water with you at all times.

(Don’t forget that bottled water cannot pass thru security, which means buying a bottle once you are inside the terminal. Expensive, but you can keep it for the duration of your travel)

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