Traveling usually means resort or cruise breakfasts, buffet dinners, cocktails, & other delightful tasting foods — enjoyable, but travelers with high cholesterol – they may need to consider their health along with their travel plans.
#1 Book Smart
Before Booking Travel, try to get a place that has a basic or efficiency kitchen at a minimum so you can keep some healthy breakfast on hand as well as snacks.
#2 Cushion Your Time
To avoid stress, don’t be late and add a few extra minutes time because stress can increase bad cholesterol but relaxation increases good cholesterol. While you’re at it, if you can, get yourself a massage on vacation!
#3 Include Comfortable Shoes & Stay Active
Take great walking shoes and use the fitness centers, exercise classes, and pools to stay active, or even try some family fun like walking on the beach, hiking, bike-riding, playing catch, Frisbee, etc.
#4 Packing Your Prescriptions Right
Pack your medications in your carry on bag – just in case it gets lost, or in case of a delayed or canceled flight.
#5 Long Flight Tips
Pick an aisle seat to walk often to prevent deep vein thrombosis, stretch, & wear compression socks.
#6 Eating Out
Check menus in advance of your trip or next stop to see where there may be lower fat, higher fiber meals available, and avoid fried food, desserts, and alcohol. You could also ask for a smaller portion, or a salad over french fries.
#7 Healthy Snacking
Carry healthy snacks to help you avoid things you shouldn’t eat as well as water. If you’re going by road trip, you could make it easy to pack a cooler up with water, fruit or low fat snacks like celery, carrots, hummus, and pita. Avoid getting too hungry – which is when we are at our weakest.
#8 Mind the Time
Keep your home time zone in mind versus where you’re going – to stay on the right timing for your medications.
#9 Keep Prescription Information Handy
Carry your doctor’s phone number, prescription name and dose, as well as pharmacy information in case your medication gets lost.