by Dr. Daisy Sutherland
It is very important to stick to your routine while traveling. This is especially important if you have children. It’s truly amazing to visit amusement parks and watch how parents handle their children. We recently returned from a trip to Disney and it was amazing to see all the families with children that were ‘out of control’. Having 3 of our children in tow, I quickly realized why they were acting out of sorts.
Sure we can blame rowdiness on the excitement of being at Disney but most important was the fact that their routine of eating healthy foods was disrupted. This led me to share this post and advise the many parents and individuals that will take trips with their families on the importance of sticking to your routine. Although it may be difficult to tow with you the ‘healthy’ foods you are accustomed to eating while in the comforts of your home, you can still make wise decisions when eating away from home.
When eating at restaurants:
- study the menu and choose items that are full of protein that will be needed for the long walks at amusement parks or the other exciting ventures you may be taking
- Avoid the sugary drinks that will only make your children and go ‘crazy’.
- Choose water, fruit juices, and the occasional lemonade instead of soft drinks.
It was amazing to watch all the children drinking soft drinks that are sugar-laden and watching the parents with their looks of confusion as to why their children were literally bouncing off the walls.
Snacks are important to carry with you especially if you have children. Try to pack crackers, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, and water for you and your family. Not only is this a wise practice but it will also save money and your sanity.
Now, don’t misunderstand, it’s fine to treat your family and yourself to decadent treats, so long as you are aware that it may affect their actions. We noticed that firsthand with our children. We treated them to ‘candy’ and you guessed it they were very active afterwards. We knew this would happen so we were prepared and limited their intake for the rest of the trip.
Remember to pack wisely and make adjustments to your diet when traveling. Be prepared if you have children to bend the rules a bit, and most importantly enjoy your trip.
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