It’s the beginning of January, so of course time for the annual, “I swear I’m going to eat better on business trips this year!” pep talk. The problem is, two things that don’t usually go together are business travel and a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s the long days, late nights, eating out, crammed schedule, or just pure exhaustion, it’s not always easy to make good choices or be active. However, with a little planning making better food choices is a very real possibility. Here are my tips for eating healthy on business trips.
Bring snacks. This is maybe the most important thing I can do to help stave off vending machine binges. If I bring healthy, tasty snacks with me then I won’t be tempted by the Cheetos or Snickers bars that I swear call out to me from the snack aisle. My favorite healthy snacks are almonds, Kind bars, string cheese, peanut butter crackers, and fruit. Easily transportable and tasty enough to help beat off sugar cravings.
Drink water. I love water. It’s my favorite beverage by far (with wine and coffee tying for second) and when I’m home I usually don’t have a problem drinking enough. On the road it’s a different story. Unfortunately I’m really picky about the way water tastes, so I usually won’t drink it straight from the tap. That means I have to search out bottled water any time I am thirsty, which isn’t always easy. That doesn’t mean it’s not super important to hydrate though! One thing that helps is to order water anytime I’m asked–on a plane, in a restaurant, or in a meeting. I also carry my awesome water bottle with the built in Brita filter, which makes tap water imminently more drinkable.
Plan your meals. If I wait until the last minute to decide what I’m going to eat, it’s almost guaranteed that it will be some delicious but bad-for-you comfort food accompanied by a lot of wine. If I want to eat well I have to pick my restaurant before hand; even better to go online and pick my actual meal. Whenever someone else picks the restaurant, I will usually go for salmon or steak and a veggie. Delicious but much better for me.
Eat breakfast. This is a big one. If I leave my house for the airport, or leave the hotel for the office, without eating something I am almost guaranteed to head straight for the carbs when I arrive. Donuts, coffee cake, pastries…. So good for my mouth, and so bad for my health and productivity! Much better to start out with an omelet, Greek yogurt, or granola. It helps to stay at hotels that have good breakfasts, like Embassy Suites or Hilton Garden Inn.
Bonus tip: Use a fitness tracker (like a Fitbit or my beloved Misfit Shine) to keep track of how many steps you take each day. I am often amazed at how on travel days I will often take upwards of 15,000 steps. On the flip side, it’s an easy way to help me realize I need to get moving.
Readers, what are your tips for eating healthy on business trips?
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