Kick-start your trip by packing a healthy, filling meal or snack for the plane ride (airplane food tends to be neither good for you nor good). Zuckerbrot’s favorite mix includes fresh produce, protein, and fiber, such as hummus and veggies, low-fat cheese, and a handful of almonds.
Worst-case scenario? “Restaurants always have salad,” she says, “Order some plain grilled chicken and dressing on the side.” Perhaps the most important in-flight health tip, though, is to “drink tons of water,” she says, since the air at 30,000 feet is dehydrating. Buy the biggest bottle you can find to fight jet lag and grogginess on landing.
Avoid the mini-bar.
Skip the sugar- and salt-laden hotel snacks, and wander over to a local farmers’ market to pick out your own; it’s also a fun way to get to know your new surroundings.
Don’t skip breakfast.
“Begin every day with a major breakfast,” says Zuckerbrot—and don’t hold back on fruit. Most hotels offer great brunches, so why not take advantage of the spread? Skip the sweet pastries and bacon, however, and “opt for a filling egg-white omelet, whole-wheat toast, and antioxidant-rich berries,” she suggests.
Tailor your meals to your destination.
Before your trip, do a little research and seek out the best dishes in each country you plan to visit. Heading to Paris? Allow yourself the pleasure of a fresh-baked baguette. Skip the bread in Tokyo (but definitely enjoy the sushi), order pasta in Capri (Italian portions are smaller anyway), and get a beignet to share in New Orleans.
You’re on vacation—go ahead and eat dessert. Just remember to savor it slowly and that portion size counts. And don’t forget about the hidden calories in alcohol.
(Read the article in full over at Vogue)