How To Keep a Healthy Lifestyle Abroad

Not going to lie, living in a new city like Amsterdam has me eating all the delicious (but fattening) traditional foods. And by no means is there anything wrong about that, I encourage everyone to try out the local food your new city has to offer. If you’re in Italy, that means pasta for daysss but maybe you’re in France and you can’t get enough of those french pastries (I’m jealous).

Here in Amsterdam, I can’t get enough of chips (french fries) with mayo, croquettes, stroopwafels and poffertjes. But, I also want to make sure I don’t go back to the states with extra pounds, I’ll leave that for my suitcases.

Here are some quick tips to keeping a healthy lifestyle while studying abroad:

  • I know you’ve probably heard this one plenty of times but cooking your own food helps. Eating out can add up and add on unnecessary calories (You don’t really NEED that dessert). When you make own food, you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. TIPS: By no means do I know how to cook so looking at easy FB videos like Tasty on Buzzfeed helps (:
  • Replace lunch with a smoothie bowl, they’re easy  to make and look great on your Instagram feed.
  • Explore your new city. I know you’re dying to check out all the cool places abroad so instead of taking the train or bus, walk to the store or bike.
  • Follow healthy food & fitness Instagram accounts. Every time you open the app, you’ll be reminded to eat healthy and workout. My favorites are @getmydreambody, @dominika.po, and @bossfitchicks.
  • You don’t need to spend money on a gym membership abroad but if there’s a park close by, go for runs in the morning. You’ll see the city from a whole new perspective.
  • Search for healthy food on Pinterest. It’s a great way to procrastinate and you’ll get excited to buy groceries and cook.