It’s not always easy to be healthy while traveling for work. It’s hard to motivate yourself when off your schedule, and long days, room service, and office donuts don’t help! I have definitely fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon lately (as well as the regular exercise bandwagon, but that’s a story for another day). It’s just simpler to eat whatever is readily available, be it on the airplane, or at the hotel or office, rather than plan ahead.
Recently, I went on a trip with a super healthy guy. You know the type–gets up to go to the gym at 5am even though his flight didn’t get in until midnight, eats salads for every meal, constantly hydrates, and of course has tons of energy. He is also a vegan, so it’s not always easy for him to find restaurants when he travels. One of his solutions is to go stock up at a local health food store–usually Whole Foods–and get enough food for his trip. I know lots of people who do something similar, as it’s much cheaper than eating out for all meals (and of course offers a big range of healthy foods to choose from).
Initially we went into Whole Foods to pick up a few things for my coworker–fruit, hummus, etc. And as an aside: even though I recognize that getting food from a grocery store is most likely going to be healthier, and it will save time for me in the morning, I don’t often do it. This time, however, it was really fun. Normally grocery shopping is a chore that I have to squeeze into a limited amount of time, fighting through the busy hordes. On this evening, the Whole Foods was almost completely empty, and I wasn’t on a time crunch. I got to take time to look at everything I wanted, smell the flowers, taste samples, and admire the gorgeous produce. I picked up a few things for myself (cherries, dark chocolate, sparkling water—yay treats!)and headed up to check out. My coworker was already there, but suggested that instead of getting our food and then heading to a restaurant, we just take advantage of the Whole Foods café. Of course I’ve eaten at the Whole Foods a few miles from my house, but it’s never occurred to me to eat at one on the road.
My food was so incredibly delicious. I had corn chowder and a brie and pear pizza, plus my treats. Besides being reasonably healthy, it was very affordable—around $10. There were all kinds of options, including Asian, Indian, a massive salad bar, soul food, hamburgers, and of course, pizza. If you are traveling and want something quick and healthy, Whole Foods and other health food stores are great options.
Readers, do you go to the grocery store on business trips?