So you are travelling around Australia - well done! It is a fabulous adventure. You might already be on the road seeing parts of Australia that you never dreamed of seeing and meeting wonderful new life-long friends or maybe you are about to embark on this fabulous journey.
But, what happens if you get sick on the road? That would really put a dampener on your trip. The last thing you need is to have to spend time looking for a doctor in towns that you don't know.
Prevention is the best cure for gray nomad illness on the road, and what you eat will help to keep you fit and healthy. Plan ahead, and if you have a caravan with a fridge ensure you stock it with nutritious foods that are easy to prepare and cook.
The top nutrition tips for your travels are:
1. Eat a healthy breakfast, including some protein, fresh fruit and whole grains. Drink water with breakfast and try not to have too much juice (as it can be full of sugar).
2. Snack on healthy foods. This includes a piece of fruit, a piece of low fat cheese, some carrot sticks, a handful of walnuts, etc. Try not to eat processed foods when snacking. This will take a little planning, so when you shop on your trip make sure you stock up on healthy snack foods, as you don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without healthy food to eat.
3. Try to include protein and whole grains in your lunch too. Protein is essential as we age, to ensure we have healthy muscles to keep our bodies strong. Protein and whole grains will also stop you from getting hungry too quickly.
4. For dinner, keep the portion sizes small (try eating on a side plate) and ensure that you have protein with lots of veges or salad. Variation is the key here, try a different protein each night and lots of different vegetables and salad ingredients. Use the BBQ as much as you can!
5. Steer away from creamy salad dressings. They can be high in saturated fat.
6. Exercise is key. You might be travelling long distances, and this means sitting in a car or caravan for a long time. Try to walk for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be simply doing a few laps of the caravan park, or walking along a deserted beach or any other option you can find. Research is currently pointing to sitting being bad for our bodies, especially as we age so try your hardest to get moving at least once a day.
Enjoy your trip, and send me a note if you have any more questions about your nutrition!