Traveling: Trying to eat healthy(ish)

It's so easy to get into the habit of eating crap when you're traveling; McDonalds is very accessible and cheap (not that one eve...

It's so easy to get into the habit of eating crap when you're traveling; McDonalds is very accessible and cheap (not that one every now and then hurts). I am by no means a health junkie (as I'm prone to eating a lot of Nandos) or claim to have any factual based information here, this is just what I try to do when I can. Here we go.

Pst, all my tips are from a perspective of traveling Australia.

Buy your fruit and veg from markets when you can - 9 times out of 10 they are so much more cheaper than the supermarkets. The Melbourne Victoria Markets are my favourite that I've visited so far, I remember getting a variety of veggies for around $3 which is incredible. Meat is better bought from supermarkets though as they tend to be cheaper.

Fruit and veg in general is something that you really should buy. Fruit is an easy snack that you can bring in a day pack and nibble on during the day, as with carrot sticks or celery sticks with or without a dip depending on your preference. You're getting something healthy as well as a snack to keep you going during the day. Put veggies in your dinner at night, it adds a bit of colour which definitely does make it look more appetising, plus it's adding to one of your 5 a day. The only thing that puts people off with fruit/veg is that they are perishables so can go off pretty quickly depending on the quality of your fridge (if you have one) but if you remember to use them that shouldn't really make a difference. I for one have been prone to forgetting those tomatoes at the bottom of my food bad - not a pretty sight or smell. 

Actually cook
I've met so many people that can't be bothered or don't like cooking. They either end up eating some kind of takeaway, instant noodles or even sometimes tins of tuna because they don't want to cook anything. It actually works out cheaper buying a weeks worth of food from the supermarket/market and you actually know and can control what goes into your own cooking. So what if you don't know how to cook, you only learn by trying and I'm sure your friends will help you if needs be. People have said to me before 'Oh my god, that looks so good but it looks so complicated'. Half of the stuff I cook consists of the same core ingredients with something to make it different - I usually just cook a meat, onions, peppers, mushrooms and sometimes other vegetables with a sauce and serve it by itself, with rice or pasta to mix it up a little bit depending on what I fancy. Nothing hard about that whatsoever. It doesn't even take that long either.

Treating yourself doesn't hurt
Don't go 100% full health junkie as that's just not good for you fullstop. Don't stop having the odd bar of chocolate or take away as I think that's normal. I went through a phase of buying a lot of chocolate and even buying an iced coffee everyday, not only does it hurt your bank account but too much of one thing is never good for you. I'm currently going through a phase of eating out a lot which I should maybe stop sometime soon because, well, money - I blame the boyfriend, ha!

Use a BBQ
I'm not sure what this is like in other countries and I didn't necessarily do it myself although I wanted to, but try and use the BBQ in your hostel if you can instead of frying things in a butt ton load of oil in a pan. It actually tastes better (and less oily) if you do it this way and it's a more healthier way to cook. In Australia they have a lot of outdoor public BBQs which I absolutely love, it's awesome to go down to the park with friends and hang out cooking a BBQ. I should probably do that again sometime soon come to think of it and take advantage of the free.

Got any tips?

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