Tips to Avoid Overeating The Next Time You Fly

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health plane eatingYou will have a much better chance of arriving at your destination feeling refreshed if you pay attention to what you eat and drink when you fly. Here are a few tips that might help:

Stay on Schedule When Eating

When you are traveling across different time zones, it’s a good idea to continue eating on the same meal schedule you have in the place you are departing from. This will help prevent you from doubling up on a main meal. Once you arrive at your destination, you can adjust to local times by spacing out your main meals, with a couple of small snacks in between.

 

Pack Your Own Snacks

You will generally have a pretty difficult time finding healthy snacks at the airport concessions, so if you want to eat right, bring your own food. The best types of snacks for a long flight are those that are high in fiber and nutrient dense. Foods that are high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, take longer to digest, and help you feel fuller for longer.

Drink Plenty of Water

Your body becomes dehydrated when you fly, and alcohol and caffeine make it even worse. Drinking water inflight will help prevent dehydration, and it doesn’t add any calories either. Pack an extra couple of bottles in your bag and drink throughout the flight. Becoming dehydrated is uncomfortable, and can lead to fatigue, headache, dry skin, and constipation.

Eat Foods That Hydrate

Water will help keep you hydrated, as will consuming foods with a high water content. Fruits and vegetables fall into that category, and are perfect as a snack or part of a main meal. For example, creating a leafy green salad that contains chicken or fish is a great option. You might also think about adding raspberries to fat-free Greek yogurt.

Hold Off Stress with Comfort Foods

Omega-3’s are great at helping reduce the stress of traveling, so bring along a meal that is high in that ingredient. A great example would be a piece of poached salmon with steamed vegetables, or perhaps some walnuts as a nice little snack.