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How to stay fit and healthy while you travel the world

After four months of backpacking around Europe and Southeast Asia, the truth was staring at me in the mirror. Were those dimples on my thighs? Yikes. Thanks to a budget backpacker diet that consisted mostly of rice, noodles and fried street food, I had lost lean muscle definition and gained flab. With kale salads, green juices and Whole Foods a far off dream, I knew I had to find a travel lifestyle that was both healthy and sustainable. After all, when you’re on a long term backpacking trip around the world, indulging like you’re on a short-term vacation isn’t doing your body any favors. Over the next few months, I tested out different strategies with the goal of feeling great while traveling. The changes weren’t instant, but I gradually found myself feeling stronger, leaner and more energized.¬†The following eight¬†ideas are my tried-and-true methods for staying fit and healthy while backpacking around the world: 1. Eat fist-sized portions I’m the last person to ever support depriving yourself of food when you’re hungry. Nope, a girl’s gotta …