This can definitely be a challenge! The best thing to remember is…”I can get back to my normal eating habits once I get home.” For my husband who spends more time on the road than at home, this doesn’t really work. So, how do you choose to eat healthy on the road?
If you can…
#1: Buy at a grocery store and eat in your room
#2: Eat at a familiar place that has healthy food…Both Jason’s deli and Ruby Tuesdays have salad bars. It’s always better to make your own. Even at Subway you can essentially make your own which would include spinach, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, chicken or turkey and whatever else. Ten veggies, maybe a little bit of cheese, and a protein source…Hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese or turkey. I like to add avocado now that Subway carries this item and then just use oil and vinegar for dressing. Tuna salad is also a great protein source, but who knows how much mayonnaise and what kind they put in
#3: Eat expensive. Whoa, I hate to admit this preference, but expensive restaurants usually have much better quality food and smaller portions. Think about this…cheaper chain restaurants are successful because they sell bunches of alcohol and their food tastes good because they add tons of butter, cream, and fat sources. If you want to eat out, save for special occasions and eat at places that have good wine lists, healthier food, and good atmosphere.
#4: when all else fails do the best with what’s available
Here’s what I did:
Exercise: None on travel day. Hotel gym next day – Tabata (I’ll be posting a video soon with the plyometrics I use). Circuit strength workout – one hour total
- Breakfast at the airport: Egg and cheese sandwich – I threw out the bread and ate the hash browns instead (gluten-free)
- Next day got up at 4:00 Am, so drank coffee before first flight and 20 oz water. On layover, grabbed a turkey wrap and ate the turkey, lettuce and tomato, threw out the wrap. Another bottle of water
- Jason’s Deli salad – perfect mix of greens, hard-boiled eggs, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, peas, beets, and a few others with oil and vinegar dressing.
- Next day: healthy salad with romaine lettuce, shrimp, red pepper, carrots, tomato and dressing on the side. Felt much better! Unsweetened iced tea with lemon – no artificial sweetener
Snack: Apple as checking in at the hotel
- O’Rourkes by Notre Dame: Tried a Gluten free beer which tasted like crap, so I switched to a glass of the house chardonnay…much better. Split a Cobb salad with my husband. Not the best of options, but we are at a pub, so how well can you eat? Forgive yourself!
- After the game went back and fed the soccer team at the hotel. Nibbled on just the chicken from the pasta dish (no pasta) piled on romaine lettuce from the salad
- Next day: Thai restaurant. I’m going to vent for a second. Thai food used to be healthy but I guess they got caught up in the American culture! ¾ of the menu was deep-fried. And even the Pad See-Eu with chicken was way too expensive! Last time I’m eating there!
So on this trip, I tried my best to eat healthy, but I only had 1 fresh fruit item –an apple, and really didn’t get much in the way of good grains and top ten veggies. Also, it’s hard to get the best water intake when you are worried that you’ll have to pee 2 or 3 times and have a window seat! So, hoping tomorrow at our tailgate, I can actually choose the better food options!
No worries. Don’t stress about the past, always look at the present and how you can make wellness a priority in your life at this moment in time.