Worrying about how to eat healthy doesn’t have to be another burden while you’re traveling for work. We’ve put together this list of smart for eating healthy so you can focus on more important things during your travels — like making things happen for your business.
B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Snacks)
Just like when you’re at home, eating out and opting for fast food can be an all-too-easy way to take in extra calories. Rather than be tempted by the easy and the potentially greasy unhealthy foods, we recommend a bring-your-own healthy snacks approach. Packing healthy snacks like granola bars or dried fruit can give you the extra boost you need while you’re waiting at the gate or trying to make it through your flight, plus save you from the marked-up prices at the airport. If you don’t have time to pack before leaving home, airports often offer healthy choices of snacks such as fresh fruit, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and more.
This seems like a no-brainer, but staying hydrated is key to staying healthy while traveling. Pack an empty reusable water bottle and fill it up inside the airport. These days airports offer filtered water stations specifically for reusable water bottles. The Mayo Clinic recommends “about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.” Studies have shown that older individuals who drink water before breakfast and other meals end up reducing the number of calories they consume. So, make sure to pack that water bottle or buy one at the airport and drink up!
Eat like the locals do—at home
Gain total control of your food intake with a trip to the grocery store. While a lot of business trips are too short or packed to fit in a grocery run, it may be worth your while to sneak one in, especially if the place you’re staying at offers kitchen amenities for a home-cooked meal. Stock up on healthy options for a multi-day stay—and be sure to grab your fresh fruits and vegetables!
A little bit of creativity goes a long way toward eating healthy while traveling. For instance, even if your accommodations don’t come with access to a refrigerator, you can easily make your own makeshift minibar at a minimal cost. When you’re doing your grocery shopping, grab a Styrofoam cooler, fill it up with ice from your hotel’s ice machine, and voila: chilled, cheaper—and healthier—food at your convenience.
Survey the field
Of course, eating in your hotel room isn’t always the most exciting option. So, for when you want to go explore your surroundings and still make healthy choices, turn to technology. Restaurant apps can help you find the exact meal you’re looking for to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, more specialized apps like Food Tripping™—a collaboration between SHFT.com and Ford Motor Company™—display the nearest purveyors of local and sustainable food options. But don’t overlook the power of word of mouth to find the best local restaurant offering local, fresh healthy meals. Whether it’s your Uber™ driver or the hotel bartender, don’t shy away from asking around about local favorites—these interactions sometimes yield the best, and most authentic, results.
Ultimately, no matter what you eat, the best way to ensure that you keep eating healthy while traveling is to keep track of what you’re consuming. Calorie counters and fitness trackers like My Fitness Pal and Lose It! can bring some transparency and accountability to your daily food intake. Set daily calorie goals and log each meal and snack to make sure that you’re eating healthy while traveling, even while you’re on the road.
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