Trying to eat healthy while traveling can be a nightmare! Most of us come back from whatever trip (work or pleasure) and feel like we need to go on a diet to get back to where we were before we left.
Take the current trip I’m on in Vegas. I’m visiting my parents and as you know, they are Romanian. If you walk in their house, you’re eating at least a six-course meal. If you’ve ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it’s exactly like that. You tell my mom that you’re vegetarian, and she’ll make you lamb. You won’t think that last sentence is funny unless you’ve seen the movie but let’s move on.
It’s actually possible to stay on a healthy track and constantly travel. Just watch your portions and pick the healthy and simple options. Most restaurants will have salad options that you can add some chicken or stake to. Or pick menu options that have a protein source, a starch, some grains and minimal fat. So maybe skip the fried chicken meal and go for the grilled chicken and veggies instead. Also, skip the butter and bread (or limit yourself to one slice minus the butter) and only have two drinks at brunch instead of five (you know who you are).
We tend to make excuses to allow ourselves to make bad decisions when all along we know we should not be doing whatever we are trying to rationalize to ourselves.
Another great way to stay on track while traveling is to walk. I know, crazy, huh? But my trainer, Greg always tells me walking is better than any cardio. Walk around town, walk to the restaurant you’re having lunch at if it’s within a mile, walk while your having your phone calls….there are always opportunities!
There are always better options! Here are some quick tips for staying healthy on the go:
- Pack fruit to go. If you can throw an apple or a banana in your bag or pocket you got an easy snack.
- Munch on something every couple hours like dried nuts or some protein powder and water in a reusable water bottle.
- If you can pack a small, healthy sandwich or wrap before you start your day, it will save you time and you can control the ingredients in your meal. If you put the mayo or mustard and soggy items between the meat or cheese slices you will avoid soggy bread.
- Stay hydrated (I always forget this one). Drink lots of water.
- Grab a protein bar. Check the ingredients and make sure it has at least 8-10 grams of protein and the ingredients are not super processed. Also make sure you stay under 15 grams of sugar.
Hope this helps you guys have a better experience traveling and not feel like you are going backwards. Happy travels!!!