Eating Tips for Late Summer Travels

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With summer coming to an end and fall just around the corner, you may be planning some last minute trips to the beach or to your favorite summer destinations before the weather starts cooling down. Whether you’re heading out on a road trip, riding the waves, or relaxing in a hotel room, follow these tips as you go through these last few weeks of summer to ensure healthy, safe, and delicious meals.

On the road…

  • Packing foods as opposed to buying food along the way is a great way to ensure you are eating healthfully and are not relying on convenience foods which tend to be highly processed.
  • Pack foods that will last a while without refrigeration. Foods like trail mix, popcorn, cereal, carrots, celery, and fresh fruit are good options.
  • Keep perishable foods like fresh fruit and vegetables in a cooler full of ice or ice packs.

On the beach…

  • Bring your own nutritious snacks like nuts, trail mix, fruits, and vegetables.
  • If you purchase food at the nearby food stalls and restaurants, avoid fatty burgers and fried foods. Look for healthier options like salads, veggie burgers, and sandwiches on whole grain bread.
  • Make sure you drink enough water to avoid dehydration.
  • If you are cooking on a grill at the beach, make sure you thaw meats properly and separate utensils and dishes between raw and cooked meat. Bring a food thermometer to make sure foods reach appropriate internal temperatures before serving.

 

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At the restaurant…

  • Choose menu items that are steamed, baked, or grilled. Avoid foods that are fried or are drowning in a sauce. If your meal comes with sauce or dressing, ask for it on the side so you can control how much you consume.
  • Eat only as much as you would at home. Restaurant portions tend to be a lot bigger than what they should be for one person. if you have a fridge in your hotel room, you can box the leftovers and eat them another time. Instead of ordering a regular entree, you can order an appetizer and a side salad instead.
  • Choose options that include a variety of food groups: whole grains, lean protein, vegetables and healthy fats for a balanced meal.

 

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At the hotel…

  • Depending on how long your stay is, choose a hotel room with the proper amenities. A small kitchen may be useful if your stay spans a few days. You can buy foods at the local market and cook/prepare them to save money and ensure that you are eating healthfully.
  • Keep healthy snacks in the room, such as whole grain cereal, nuts, granola bars, trail mix, and fruit to keep you from raiding the pricey (and usually unhealthy) snacks in the hotel room mini bar.
  • Make substitutions while ordering room service meals. Ask for whole grain options for breads, and substitute unhealthy sides like fries with salad, fresh fruit or steamed vegetables.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the The 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy eating for optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs to get healthy meals on the table. She is the author of the “The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad,” (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed “The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy,” (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment, travel nutrition and diabetes for teens and adults. For more info, contact Lisa via email or visit here. Special thanks to Social Media Intern Anita Renwick for writing this blog.

Five Healthy Eating Tips For National Nutrition Month

NNM2016_salad3 700x550_2March is National Nutrition Month and it’s a great time to put healthy eating into place. Spring is right around the corner which is a time of plants perking up from the soil and flowers budding. And warmer weather is on the way. What a great time to start making healthier food choices and to spend time truly appreciating the flavor of delicious food. Making better food choices can impact your lisfe in so many positive ways. Here are five simple tips to help you “savor the flavor” and make healthful eating part of your life.

  1.  Take small bites. Focus on the flavor and texture of what you are eating.
  2.  Chew slowly. Let the food sit on your tongue so you can truly taste it. Count to at least 20 before you swallow. You may find that when you feel the first sign of fullness, there is still food left on your plate. If dining at home, put your leftovers in the fridge and enjoy it tomorrow. If eating out, have the food wrapped up and savor it the next day in your brown-bag lunch.
  3. Make your food taste better. Instead of microwaving or steaming your vegetables, sauté or roast them with a little olive oil, chopped garlic, and a pinch of salt. Try different herbs and spices when cooking to enhance flavors and boost the nutrition power of your meal. Try cinnamon or ginger sprinkled on fresh cut-up fruit. Or turmeric and rosemary on grilled tofu and chicken.
  4. Pull up a chair and sit down at the table. Taking the time to sit and enjoy your meal will help you to become a “mindful eater”which can help you eat less and manage your weight. Plus, you’ll be reducing your risk for many chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer, when you eat less.
  5. Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Visit your local farmers’ market or grocery store and purchase some produce you’ve never tried. Cut up fruit and add it to your salads, cereal, and yogurt. Roast an array of vegetables and have them as your meal, side dish, or add to salads.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the The 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy eating for optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs to get healthy meals on the table. She is also the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment, travel nutrition and diabetes for teens and adults. For more info, contact Lisa via email or visit here.

 

The Healthy and Not-So Healthy Dishes From Around The Globe

Pasta pic_s4x3_lgEnjoying the experience of trying new foods is truly one of the highlights for many travelers. Whether dining in a swanky restaurant, eating traditional fare in a local cafe, or veering off the path and finding that ultimate food venue, for many travelers, it’s truly about the sights, the people, the museums, the shopping, and the FOOD. You want to try lots of new dishes, but you still want to feel great. To help you make some nutritious choices, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the healthy and not-so heathy dishes that you may encounter as you travel (or you may even experience these dishes where you live). The dishes in the not-so healthy list are there because they are either high in unhealthy fats, or added sugar and/or sodium. If you’re not a so-called “foodie”, it’s time to break out of what you usually choose and let your taste buds have fun. Trying foods that are new to you will help you stretch your culinary journey and add to life’s joys. Eating the same foods all the time can get boring fast. You may be surprised how adding new foods into your diet and experiencing various ethnic restaurants can enrich your life.  So get ready to explore. Bon Appetit!

List of The Healthy and Not-So Healthy Menu Choices

Cuisine Healthy Choices Foods to Limit
American Grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain bread, Grilled or baked chicken, fish or pork, broth based soup and salad, Veggie burger on whole grain bread, Sirloin steak French fries, cream soups, fried chicken, fried fish, cheesy or casserole-like sides, fried sandwiches, loaded baked potato
Italian Minestrone soup and salad, Grilled, vegetables, Mussels, Margarita Pizza, Grilled fish Chicken or Veal Marsala, Spaghetti with tomato sauce, Pasta Primavera, Salmon and Roasted Potatoes, Pasta with chicken or seafood (Note: request whole wheat pasta) Shrimp Alfredo Pasta, Stromboli, Calzone, Manicotti, Lasagna Bolognese, Cheese or Beef Ravioli, Chicken Parmesan, Penne ala Vodka, Baked Ziti, Pepperoni or pasta on Pizza, sausage, Sopressa (salami), Mortadella
Chinese Seafood soup, Steamed Vegetables, brown rice, dishes that are Jum (poached), Chu (broiled), Kow (roasted) or Shu (barbecqued), Shrimp or chicken with broccoli, Mixed Vegetables, Vegetable soup, Egg drop soup, Tofu with Mushrooms, brown rice Won ton soup, Fried rice, Egg rolls, Lo Mein, Chow fun, Spare ribs, General Tsao’s chicken, Crispy beef, Sweet and Sour Pork
Japanese Tofu and vegetable soup, seafood soup, miso soup, edamame, seaweed salad, grilled, steamed or roasted plates (upon request), yakitori, sashimi, crab and avocado sushi roll, sushi (ask for cucumber in place of rice), Teriyaki with salmon, tofu or chicken. Tempura, fried dumplings, donburi (fried pork), fried sushi rolls, sushi with spicy mayo or cream cheese
Greek Hummus with pita, baba ghanoush, Tzatziki (limit to 2 tbsp.), potatoes, Greek salad with dressing on the side, chicken souvlaki, grilled octopus, lamb or fish with steamed vegetables, bean salad, gigante beans, horta (dandelion greens) Fried calamari, fried fish, mousaka, pastitsio, Pita with Giro (pork), Desserts: baklava, loukoumades (fried doughnuts), galactopoureko (custard in phyllo)
Middle Eastern    (Israeli, Lebanese, Persian) Hummus, babaganoush, shish kebab, Grilled fish, chicken or lean meat, tabouli, kibbeh, labneh, falafel (this is fried, so limit to 2 to 3 balls), pita bread, halvah (small piece) Kofta, fried fish, chicken  and meats
French Mussels, Grilled fish, Roasted chicken, Coq au Vin, Sautéed vegetables, Salad Nicoise, Seafood platter, French baguette (bread), Croissants, Pain du chocolat (croissant stuffed with chocolate), Foie gras (goose or duck liver), organ meats, rich creamy sauces
Spanish Grilled fish, chicken and meat, Jambon (ham), grilled vegetables, Paella (traditional rice dish), olives Fried fish, fried tapas

 

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the The 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy eating for optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs. She is also the author of the e-book The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment and diabetes for teens and adults. For more info, contact Lisa via email or visit here. This post is excerpted from The Trim Traveler.

Healthy Traveling Tips for 2016

earth-1426389-639x631The New Year is here, which is a great time to plan your personal travel itinerary for the upcoming year. Where do you want to go? What places are on your bucket list yearning to be scratched off? Traveling makes memories that stay with you forever. Experiencing new places and cultures, plus the added potential to meet new people, adds to your personal growth. Traveling  can enhance your life in so many ways. When you travel , whether for business or pleasure, you want to feel your best as you take on the world. The worst thing is to end up staying hankered down to your hotel room because you aren’t feeling well. One of the smartest things you can do to ensure a great trip is to plan ahead and get a healthy diet in place before you embark on your journey. Then upon departure you keep up the healthy eating plan as you travel to your destination, Once there, keep the healthy eating momentum going. Feel great and enjoy your time away. And when you return home, you should continue to reap the rewards of a healthy diet. Your energy level will be soaring, your weight will likely be the same, and you will feel great. Enjoy your trip!

Here are four tips to help you have a fabulous trip:

  1. Before you leave for your trip, start adding more plant-foods to your diet (aka fruits, vegetables, whole grain, beans and nuts). Eating more of these nutrient-rich foods will help increase your immunity to prevent getting sick before you embark on your trip, or on the plane which is an atmosphere rampant with unfriendly germs. And the added fiber will help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Thus, plant-foods are a win-win!
  2. Bring snacks from home for your trip. Fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables and hummus, nuts and energy bars are great to keep on-hand for your flight. Some airports have definitely improved upon the healthy snacks you can purchase to bring onboard. Energy bars and individual bags of plain instant oatmeal are also good to bring along for a light breakfast when you travel. Bring enough energy bars so you can have one per day, if needed.
  3. When you get to your destination, visit a local produce stand or market to buy fruits and vegetables for your room. Quite often, travelers have problems with regularity as the fiber content of foods in most restaurants can be quite low.
  4. When dining out, opt for fruits and/or vegetables at each meal. if fruit salad is on the breakfast menu,  add it to your order. At lunch, ask if your sandwiach can be made on whole grain bread. Or order a salad or vegetable-based soup, such as Minestrone as a main course. At dinner, have a side salad or an entree salad or grilled vegetable plate as your main course. Fresh fruit is great for dessert. If not on the menu, enjoy the fruit you purchased when you return to your room.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the The 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy eating for optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs. She is also the author of the e-book The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment and diabetes for teens and adults. For more info, contact Lisa via email or visit here.

Four TOP Tips To Avoid The Flu

fruit stand in IsraelFlu season is here! Why wait until it creeps up on you when you can follow some key strategies to help avoid it. Having a strong immune system can help you feel great and stay healthy. So plan your strategy and do your best to stay well this season. Getting sick means missing work, having to cancel upcoming  social activities and impending travel plans. So make the right choices and stay healthy. Here are four tried and true tips for beating the nasty flu. To your health!

1. Eat foods that boost your immunity. Foods that will help keep the flu away include almonds, mushrooms, fruits high in vitamin C such as strawberries, tomatoes, mangoes, oranges and grapefruits, fermented foods, which contain probiotics, such as yogurt with live cultures, kimchi or miso, green tea, kombucha, and pickles. Include at least a few of these foods in your daily diet. At breakfast, enjoy an orange or a small pink grapefruit along with your cereal or yogurt. At lunch, try an almond butter sandwich with a cup of green tea. At dinner, a grilled portobello mushroom burger or a bowl of steamy mushroom soup are two great ways to wind down your day.

2. Get enough zzz’s! Sleep impacts your immunity ,so don’t try to cut your sleep time short. Teens need 9 to 10 hours of sleep daily while adults can manage well with 7 to 8. Just like you would put work and the gym on your daily schedule, don’t forget to pencil in sleep!

3. Exercise! A good workout will reduce your chances of getting sick. Aim to exercise at least five times per week. If you can’t get to the gym, workout with an app or grab your pedometer (aim for 10,000 steps per day) and go for a walk.

4. Wash your hands. Keep germs at bay by washing your hands frequently throughout the day.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as 2015 The Outstanding Dietitian Of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the author of the e-book The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed book The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). Lisa is a nutrition specialist in weight management, travel nutrition and diabetes for teens and adults. She is in private practice with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Contact Lisa at eatwellrd@yahoo.com or for more info: www.lisastollmanrd.com.

Have No Fear: Traveling Abroad with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

fruits-and-vegetablesWhen you travel you want to feel great so you can enjoy your trip. For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder that can cause stomach pains, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation, it can sometimes make traveling more nerve wrecking than appealing. Although approximately 1 in 5 Americans has signs and symptoms of IBS, less than 1 in 5 seek medical help. As a chronic condition, management of IBS can be long term. However, in many people, symptoms may not be that bothersome or can even disappear completely. For those of you that have IBS, by implementing certain planning into your travel plans, you can enjoy your travels worry free! So read on for travel tips that will help you have a fabulous trip.

11 Travel Tips for Traveling with IBS

1. If you don’t know how to manage your symptoms via diet, meet with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) before your trip, so you are aware of the best food choices for you to eat. Just an FYI: meeting with an RDN will be helpful, whether or not you are traveling. Visit here to find a RDN in your locale who specializes in GI health.

2. Keep in easy reach: fiber supplements, medications, bottled water and snacks (i.e. nuts, high-fiber energy bars (such as KIND), fresh fruit).

3. Stay well hydrated as you travel. Keep a bottle of water with you to sip on and have a couple glasses of fluid every time you sit down for a meal. Being dehydrated can exacerbate GI symptoms, causing constipation and gas.

4. To keep your fiber intake up, order salads and/or vegetables with your meals. Have fresh fruit for dessert.

5. Stop at farmer’s markets to pick up fresh fruit for snacks.

6. When traveling abroad, if you have poorly controlled GI symptoms, investigate what measures you have to easily access bathrooms. Find out if you will need special coins and if you will have to have your own toilet paper.

7. When booking flights, opt for the aisle seat for easier access to on flight bathroom.

8.  If traveling in a foreign country learn phrases, such as “Where’s the bathroom”, “I can’t eat….” or “Can you make…[dish]…without?” The Google translate app can help with language translations.

9. Traveling doesn’t always have the same schedule as one’s daily schedule at home, but try to consume the same number of meals you’re used to with similar portion sizes.

10. If you’re up to trying new foods, experiment in small amounts with foods you’re unsure of.

11. If you are feeling anxious while traveling, make sure you get your daily hour of exercise in. The meditation app Insight Timer (free for iPhone) may also help you calm down and feel relaxed.

Asking lots of questions while you travel regarding food preparation and bathroom logistics may be a pain, but in the long run it will provide a more stress free trip.  Having a few of the above-mentioned essentials can ease travel plans, but resist the temptation of over planning! By leaving room for spontaneity, you can truly enjoy your journey. Bon voyage!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the author of The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad and The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy. She is a writer and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice, based on Huntington, Long Island and NYC. Lisa was recently honored as the 2015 Distinguished Dietitian of The Year by the New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Lisa specializes in travel nutrition, weight management, and diabetes for teens and adults. To find out more about Lisa, visit http://www.lisastollmanrd.com. Special thanks to Nikki Nies, nutrition writer and RDN-to-be for contributing to this blogpost.

Five Tips for Healthy Traveling

travel_agentsWhether enjoying the tranquility of a beautiful beach or exploring the spice markets of Istanbul, traveling allows you the chance to explore new places and enhance your knowledge of the world around you. Staying healthy while you travel can ensure that you make the most of your time. So use the following tips to feel well as you begin your journey and onward.

1. If you are traveling abroad and want to start off with a healthy meal inflight, you can order a special meal from the airline 48 hours in advance. You can choose from a variety of choices including Vegetarian, Hindu Vegetarian and Asian.

2. Make sure you stay hydrated as you travel. Purchase bottles of water as you explore your surroundings. or keep it green and bring along your water bottle from home and refill with clean water.

3. Stop at local farmer’s markets and buy some fresh fruit for snacks. The fruit will provide you with a wealth of nutrients, in addition to much needed fiber to keep you regular.

4. Bring along some packable snacks, such as KIND bars and nuts. It’s easier to have healthy snacks on hand, plus it helps with portion control.

5. Make sure to order salads or sides of vegetables in restaurants. Veggies will help fill you up and not weigh you down. Ask for dressings and sauces on the side.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is an award-winning Nutritionist and the author of The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad and The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice and writer based in Huntington, Long Island and NYC. Lisa specializes in travel nutrition, weight management, and diabetes for teens and adults. To find out more about Lisa, visit www.lisastollmanrd.com