This post has been sponsored by Planters, but all opinions are 100% my own.
It's no secret that I have been trying like crazy to lose weight. Over the course of the last 4 months, I have managed to lose about 5 pounds – which doesn't seem like a lot, but for me and where I am at in my age range, it's good. I'm 41 and going through the stages of early menopause, so to even lose 1 pound is amazing. It's a loss so I will take that as a win.
Because I am working so hard at losing weight and making sure that I keep it off, I have to really watch myself when I travel. I go a lot these days and it is really easy to fall off the wagon. However, I have 5 things that I do consistently when I am traveling that is really helping me combat my weight gain.
How I Combat My Weight Gain When Traveling
Drink Lots of Water
Okay – I know that this is a given, but as I have stated before, people just do not drink enough water. The amount you should be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day, so if you are not drinking enough, it could effect your weight.
So – drink up! It is especially important to drink a lot if you are flying to help reduce swelling.
Bring a Set of Small Weights With You
I have started taking along my weights with me when I travel. The reason for this is that sometimes, the hotel gym is packed, but I want to get a workout in. I will find my favorite Youtube Workout channel and right there in my hotel room, I will do a high level intensity workout. Sometimes, I just do some yoga, but I always find a way to incorporate my weights in.
I use 5 pound weights which really only adds 10 pounds to my suitcase. Who packs 50 pounds of clothing and stuff for a few days on a trip anyway? Not me.
Another thing that I have started doing is bringing my own snacks along with me when I travel. I am NOTORIOUS for raiding the airport vending machines and eating all that junk I should not be eating. And seriously – who wants to pay $2 for 1 banana? Not this girl. So I pack my own snacks – and it always starts with Planters Peanuts – the smartest way to snack when you travel.
Peanuts are a perfect better-for-you snack. Every single 1 oz. serving of dry roasted or oil roasted peanuts delivers 7 grams of protein and 6 essential nutrients. For me, it's easy to get this serving in because I always make sure to pack my new favorite flavor in my carry on bag – the Salt and Vinegar. In fact, just one serving allows me to eat 39 pieces which also helps to curb my hunger and keeps me from snacking on those delicious fattening breads and muffins I am taunted with.
Peanuts are not high in sodium. Planters Cocktail and Salted Peanuts have 95 mg of sodium per 28 grams and Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts have 150 mg – all are below the FDA sodium requirement for the Nuts and Heart Disease Health Claim (270 mg/28 g).
*Note — “‘Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart
I love using the dry roasted variety to make my own peanut butter – and I have a recipe coming up soon to share with you about a wholesome Asian dish with a yummy peanut sauce!
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Get Some Sunshine
Whatever I am doing or where ever I am at when I am traveling, I always make sure to get some Vitamin D – natural sunshine when I can.
I put on my walking shoes (and I always make sure to pack at least one workout outfit) and hit the trails. Even if you are staying in a big city, map your walk and find a destination you want to walk to and back from.
A couple of years ago when I went to California, our hotel was about a 7 minute walk from the local grocery store. I did not like the outrageous prices of the food in the dining room at the hotel we were staying at (scrambled eggs were $42!), so I made it a point to walk there and get a few groceries for my room. I came back with Planters Peanuts, hummus, veggies, and some yogurt, as well as a few premade healthy salads – perfect for my morning meal and afternoon snack.
Whatever it is you do, try your best to snack smarter and find ways to stay on track. You don't have to derail your hard work simply because you are going on a trip. Take action now by planning out your snacks, your travel bag, and how you plan on staying on track while away.
What about you? How do you stay on track when you travel?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Planters . The opinions and text are all mine.