Balancing Your Belly and Your Body On An Irish Road Trip
When you’re on the road, whether it be for work or leisure, you’re more than likely to sample local culinary delights. It would take either a limited budget or a dull mind – or both – for your average traveller to opt out of trying what’s on offer in a new place, especially when you’re in Ireland, which boasts an incredible range of culinary delights – from classic Guinness stew to international tastiers. Who wants to experience sub-standard examples of a food, especially if the visit is short? Furthermore, the hectic manner of travel often means your mental wellbeing is left by the wayside.
But, it’s important to look after yourself in the process of travel and eating out. There’s a few ways to implement that into your process when you’re travelling around and eating local Irish foods.
Where to go in Ireland
Everybody always asks what are the best things to do in Ireland. There are several tourist attractions in Ireland you need to add to your bucket list when you travel to the Emerald Isle – from the Giant’s Causeway or the entire counties of Cork & Kerry. For me the remote aspects of Donegal and the north of Ireland are hidden gems. The windswept Cliffs of Moher, the Skellig Islands & rain-soaked Aran Islands are a must for any traveler.
For more info check out Irish Central’s article of sheer unadulterated, natural, beauty where you will find more to do in Ireland than countryside and rocks. The number of attractions in Dublin, such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, make clear Ireland has lots to offer.
Visit our sister website for idea’s of things to do in Ireland from all corners of Ireland, with something for everyone.
What You Put in Your Body
Arguably the easiest way to keep the pounds of and to control what you’re getting out of your body is to watch what you’re putting in in the first place. Oft-repeated but very true are the old mantras about eating fresh fruit and veg. The old five-a-day isn’t necessarily a hard and fast rule, but a useful guideline – if you’re there or thereabouts with your consumption, you won’t be far wrong. This is easier than ever in Ireland – though be wary, organic produce is so popular that farmers hardly produce enough veg.
You’ll be in luck if you’re visiting good restaurants on your travels, as you will in Dublin – the calories you do get will be full of good nutrition and not packed full of processed junk. Plus, you can always have cheat days or times, so long as you’re sticking to a relatively good diet.
An unfortunate downside of being on the road is the inevitable lack of sleep. Not getting enough hours can be hard enough in a settled homelife, let alone when you’re looking to get up and about and see the sights, all whilst probably having more than your fair share of alcohol – a sleep killer! – given the legendary reputation of Ireland’s boozers. All this whilst paired with rigorous travel routines and a plethora of options around the Emerald Isle means you can be depriving yourself.
Lack of sleep is bad for your short and long term health, though – seriously. And it can affect your appetite, too, as sleeplessness makes you crave carbs. A good way to get around this is to get it into your head that sleep is number 1 – prioritise it above all other things, and make sure you’re getting enough of yours. You won’t be able to enjoy your meals and adventures around the places you visit without it.
Moderate The ‘Bad’ Stuff
Especially when it comes to Ireland, there are some seriously fantastic beverages around, and such a variety both nationally and globally that you’d be foolish not to try a tipple here and there. What’s more, the British Medical Journal has reported that having some alcohol beats having none.
Whilst it’s a great idea, and a great experience, to try all the local delicacies on the booze front, drinking too much can have a poor effect on your health (incuding damaging your sleep, as mentioned before). So, consider having one or two less pints of ale at night, or not having that nightcap whiskey. You’ll thank yourself.
Travelling is wonderful, as are the delights of the world that you can try on the way. It can be tempting to dive into the hedonistic world of late nights, food and booze, and you should – but take it easy, and look after yourself, and you’ll enjoy it all the more.
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