This week’s guest chef is more a lurker than a commenter (could it be he’s intimidated by all us women?) but we love him all the same.
Jeff is a personal trainer, a nutrition counselor and (am I allowed to say this, Jeff?) a fitness model on the side.
*And* he was generous enough to swing by and offer us some nutrition tips for when life takes us on the road.
Like most Americans I am faced with travel on a daily basis as well as to far off destinations. Daily travel can prove to be quite challenging, but it is possible for me to keep a healthy and adequate nutritional lifestyle while on the road, provided that I do a little planning in advance and use my head.
I hope to help you understand how to achieve your daily goals in nutrition while on the road as well as keeping those stress levels down.
Whenever I travel by car I can manage my time by preparing my meals the night before and packing them away in Tupperware containers or an ice chest to keep my items fresh and available.
You can’t be sucked into the fast food life style that is at every strip mall when traveling by car. Time can be an issue but if you are truly in a hurry you can bring high protein, low carb shakes that are ready to drink to help take the edge off stopping so often to eat.
If you do chose to stop for a quick bite and don’t feel like a sit down meal, there are a few things you can do. Throw away the bun to your grilled chicken sandwich; make it a low-carb snack that you can feel good about. Order an unsweetened ice tea, instead of a soft drink. Instead of those French fries have a side salad.
By now, you may be asking, yeah thats great in all, but I do my traveling in the air. No problem, Ive got you covered!
I highly recommend Labrada Low Carb Bars, or EAS Carb Control shakes, as these will be good options for a nice snack, as you will only have limited choices on the plane. You will have to drink your protein shakes before hand, as they will not allow you to go through the security detectors with a liquid substance. You also have the usual suspects, unsalted nuts, or cashews are a nice treat for the time being. (Trust me, nothing is more painful to watch than a security officer throwing away and entire serving of delicious whey!) Another option is to bring some protein power with you in a small container and then ask for water on the flight.
Depending what type of diet you’re on, you can pack in your suitcase milk n oat cups. You can bring instant packs of oatmeal with you as well. Once you land and are checked in your hotel room you have a viable source of carbohydrates ready and available at your convenience. Remember, even if your hotel doesnt have microwaves in the room, almost all of them will have one at the front desk that you can use if you need to heat up your oats.
I hope I have shed some light on a few basic nutritional ideas that will help you in your daily travels whether they are by land or air. Remember, as long as you plan for your goals, there are no excuses not to achieve them!
Thanks so much Jeff. You’re now an official member of the Bumbling Band.
Speaking of you guys——got any extra tips Jeff didnt mention? Hit us up in the comments.
Me? I’ll just leave you with the it would blow your mind how many foods one can prepare using merely the hotel room coffee maker idea as we all know I mightcould ramble about travel food for days.