Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling
by Rochelle Griffin
With a holiday weekend ahead, many of us will be traveling to see friends & family. Personally, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I probably travel on average once a month to various destinations. However as much as I love to travel, it does pose some difficulties when trying to eat well and stay on track health-wise.
I’m happy to say that I have this down to a science and am going to share what “I” do when I’m traveling and staring down the airport food courts. I also use the same strategy if we’re traveling by car. It works any and everywhere. Ultimately it comes to planning ahead. If I didn’t plan ahead, I’d easily fall victim to the bags of pretzels, hotdogs, drinks, etc. Trust me…I’m telling you like it is…I LIKE that stuff…unfortunately.
So, I have travel staples that I always make sure are with me. In my carry-on, I have individual instant oatmeal packs, Shakeology packets, protein bars, unsalted almond packs, liquid stevia, protein powder, banana, and a shaker cup. These are things that can sustain you until you reach your final destination and can get a full, healthy meal. (FYI, these staples also work well to have on you if you are going to a seminar). Remember, you still want to eat every 2-3 hrs even when traveling to keep your metabolism stoked.
When you are in the airport, don’t hesitate to go to the coffee shop and ask for a cup of hot water. Yea, you’ll have to pay for it but who cares? I take the cup of hot water and mix in an oatmeal pack and a scoop of protein powder. It’s filling and good for you. Boom…instant meal.
I always skip the snacks offered by the airlines. Never go with their peanuts or pretzels. Full of sodium, chemicals, & preservatives. I’ll eat my protein bar, almond pack, or banana. I also don’t think twice in asking the flight attendant to fill up my shaker cup with water so I can mix my Shakeology. Also skip the soda and fruit juice. Stick with coffee (black is best) and water…LOTS of water!
If you are one who happens to like the occasional adult beverage on the plane, here’s what you do. Skip beer and anything fruity. Go with plain liquor (tequila, vodka, whiskey) mixed with water and add a few drops of the liquid stevia to sweeten it up. I personally skip this route altogether or I’d get air-sick and the person next to me wouldn’t be very happy. Also remember that alcohol has NO redeeming nutritional value.
My last piece of advice is for after your trip. Do NOT weigh yourself for a few days. It’s normal to have some water weight from the flight. Don’t set yourself up to be frustrated. Simply stay away from the scale. Even if I’ve eaten totally healthy, I’m always up a few pounds for the first few days. Your body WILL normalize again. Promise.
Traveling can be stressful enough. Don’t let your nutritional choices add to it. You have the choice to eat healthy while traveling and feeling great for it.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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