I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel for work twice this month, with another trip coming up next week. I love airports, nice hotels, exploring a new city in a ballin’ rental car, and having everything paid for. It definitely doesn’t suck.
However, with my diet, it isn’t always easy to find food I can eat. Even if you aren’t vegan or gluten free, eating healthy while traveling can be tough. I think we are all well aware how crappy airport food can be. Since traveling for work is becoming a more regular thing for me, I thought I’d share some of my tips for staying healthy when you are on the road.
1. If you need something quick, stick to grocery stores over fast food. At the grocery store you can at least pick up some veggies and hummus or a deli salad, which are far better options than a Big Mac and fries and really not too much more expensive.
2. Ask questions! When eating out, especially with colleagues or clients, you won’t always get to pick the restaurant. That said, most restaurants are willing to work with you to accommodate your needs. The nicer the restaurant, the more likely they’ll be willing to whip something up that won’t derail your lifestyle. We ate at Staple and Fancy Tuesday night, which is a total carnivore spot, but they made a custom menu just for me that was absolutely to die for.
3. What do you ask for? Pretty much any restaurant can make some kind of sauteed veggie medley. I’ve also ordered salads with custom toppings and asked for lemon juice and olive oil as a dressing. I’ve actually had some pretty amazing salads this way. If you eat meat, ask for baked fish or chicken over salad or with a side of veggies and if it’s bland, just salt and pepper the crap out of it.
4. Ok, so I realize not everyone is sustained by salads and veggie medleys, but sometimes, that’s all you can get. Remember to just be polite and grateful, the more difficult you are, the more likely you’ll end up with spit in your food. If you are absolutely not satisfied, you can always run to the grocery store later! Even convenience stores at least have bags of nuts you can munch on to hold you over.
5. Pack snacks! Cut up fruit and veggies and put them in ziploc bags to munch on in case you get stuck at the airport or end up starving on the plane. Nuts, dried fruit, and Lara Bars are also great options.
As for exercise, check out your hotel’s gym or go for a run to explore the city you are in. The latter is a great way to get the lay of the land, just make sure you take all the necessary safety precautions!
Can you believe tomorrow is December? Christmas is just weeks away! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!