Traveling for work or vacation can really take a toll on your eating schedule, I know! This past week, I was away from home at a training. Each day was filled with meetings, catered lunch, and eating out for dinner. I did my very best to keep my nutrition game strong while away. On the snack tables at the workshops there were store-bought muffins, cookies and other processed snacks as well as more coke than anyone could possibly drink. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to grab a cookie or a muffin at least once this past week. BUT, I was able to hold out and stretch my resources to ensure I had the food I needed to make it through the week feeling good and having regular bowel movements (major key).
Here are a few tips to making the most of your vacation eats:
Keep healthy snacks around
This has been my greatest victory this past week. At the beginning of my trip, I went to the store for a few simple things: apples, bananas, healthy bars, water, and kombucha. I also brought along with me a Power Cookie from the lovely and talented Julie Day which was exactly what my body needed and craved. Snacking between meals kept me feeling strong and full of energy throughout the day. This was a power move that my future self greatly appreciated.
Choose meals that are simple and fresh when eating out
If you can help it, you should try to pick meals that incorporate veggies in some way. Your body is a chemistry machine, and it needs certain micronutrients to function optimally. Picking a meal with veggies can provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. A salad, or a meat with veggies on the side, even a rice or quinoa bowl or authentic tacos with salsa are a few smart choices.
Drink water every day
This can’t be overstated. Water is everything. You are water. If you were a fish, would you want to swim in a tank with fresh water or dirty water? Do your insides a favor. Drink enough water to keep your body refreshed. A common recommendation is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water everyday. This will keep your cells hydrated and encourage good circulation, good mood, and even easy bowel movements.
Basically, the name of the game is get yourself some good snacks and a couple gallons of water, avoid eating like the world is ending, and snack throughout the day so you have a fighting chance to resist the temptation to eat all of the cookies on the refreshment table. Working out a few times in the hotel gym doesn’t hurt either.
Oh, and don’t forget to call home!