I don’t know about you, but when I travel, it seems like I am always eating the absolute worst food. Between running in and out of the airport to catching cabs or shuttles to the hotel, it doesn’t seem like I can ever get a decent meal while I am traveling–and you don’t really have the option to stay-in and eat.
Luckily, I have a few things that I have recently started doing that help me to minimize my eating junk food while traveling, and that’s what I want to talk about today.
First things first, you need to look at what time period you eat most of the junk food during your trips, and for me, it is always when I am going to and from the airport. Once I get to my destination there is a little more leeway to find a quality restaurant, but I rarely have that option when I am flying. Not all airports have a great selection of food and even if they do, I always find myself running late, so I end up in the fast food line to get a quick bite to eat before my plane leaves.
After I realized that the worst times during my trips were on the days I go to and from the airport, I thought of a solution. Usually about two days or so before my trip, I will make some type of healthy snack food. I will make some granola, or granola bars. Sometimes, I will make some type of fruit salad, anything that I have laying around that I can bring on the plane with me to eat. I found that when I bring a healthy snack, it is almost always enough to hold me over until I get to my destination. Then once I get there I can look for a healthy alternative. Be sure to double whatever you think you’ll eat going one way, so you’ll have some for the way back too.
Another thing that I try to do is to keep some healthy foods in my room once I get to the hotel. A lot of hotels have continental breakfasts that have a few different kinds of fruits available. I will often bring a couple pieces of fruit to my room after eating breakfast. That way, in the middle of the day when I get a craving for some food, I don’t go to the vending machine of the convenience store to pick up a bag of chips. I have a fresh piece of fruit that I can eat upstairs. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but it really does help out.
I hope this post will help and encourage you to eat a little healthier during your traveling. In my experience, there is nothing worse than coming home from a long trip not only exhausted from all the work that did during your time but physically drained from all of the crummy food that you have eaten over the preceding days. Now, there’s not much we can do about working so much, but we sure can change what we eat! :]