Is it hard for you to stay on track with your eating while traveling? It’s not like you can just heat up some chicken and vegetables before your flight or stop at a gas station and get your grass fed beef! (However, I’m not sure I’d trust grass fed beef from a 7-11, I’ve had some convenient store sushi once and that didn’t sit well). Here are some tips/suggestions to help you eat healthy, stay focused, and feeling good on travel days.
1.Know that you might not have a farmers market or Whole Foods close to where your destination is. Do the best you can to stick to the healthiest options possible. Plan ahead, look online and see what restaurants or grocery stores are around your hotel. (Go here for how to eat healthy at a restaurant http://crossfitinterbay.com/wods/2012/5/30/thursday-53112.html )
2.If you’re driving, grab your Tupperware and get your cooler. That way you don’t have to stop at the gas station for those packaged snacks and justifying eating the cheese they sell is good for you because it’s a brighter orange than normal.
3.Same goes for flying. You CAN fly with food (just not liquids). Throw some grilled chicken in a baggy, cut up some vegetables and an assortment of nuts and call it a day! Look at the picture below, that is common for my lunch at work. My co-workers call it my daily bag-o-meat.
4.If you KNOW you’re going to be eating out with friends and there will be treats or alcohol involved, eat HEALTHY meals and alot of veggies during the day! Don’t skip any meals. Watch portions, but enjoy yourself! Balance is KEY!
5.Walk as much as you can. If you stop for gas on a road trip, or even if you have a layover to your next flight, do 50 squats to get the blood flowing then walk around; don’t be stagnant. I hear people on business trips and play trips that do nothing but meetings. You will get 5 minutes here and there on the busiest trips so walk around, do some squats and get the blood flowing. It’s amazing that little bit will make you feel so much better, get the blood flowing and wake you up!
6.If you know you’re going to be traveling 3-5 hours, you’re going to get hungry. Be smart. Eating a grilled chicken sandwich or even those fruit/granola mixes they sell in the airports are better than nothing. Sure, try to plan ahead but when you’re there don’t just throw your hands in the air and go “forget it” I’m eating a double whopper with cheese. Which brings me to #7
7.Don’t ever skip a meal! Listen to your body. When you go for a long time without eating, you start turning into the HULK and getting cranky, or as I call it - Hangry. You get a mix of Hungry and Angry that leads to bad food choices. Don’t skip meals, plan for snacks so you can stick to healthy eating on the road☺
8.Don’t forget about your H20! Flying or driving, make sure you get a couple of bottles down. You can easily mistake dehydration for hunger.
9.VEGGIES, VEGGIES, VEGGIES! These days you can get mini packages of veggies at any grocery store, and you too can pack a bag of baby carrots to hold you over until you can get a chance for a full meal with a variety of vegetables and/or salad.
10.Tuna packets or protein shakes! These are a great and easy option to get your protein and stay fuller longer. It’s always best to mix your own shakes but if you’re on the road grab a store bought protein drink, that will help curb that hunger until you can get into a better position to eat something healthy.
I hope that helps……and make sure to get a picture of yourself and whoever you’re traveling with doing a handstand, overhead squat, or cool pose wherever you’re at and send it to me to post.
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