When you’re at home, maintaining your healthy lifestyle and eating plan is much easier. However, when you’re traveling, it’s important to keep your health goals in the forefront of your mind. Fitness and clean eating is a lifestyle, and each new experience that challenges you to figure out how to keep up your momentum despite the ‘obstacles’ you encounter is a chance to learn and grow! Take advantage of this great opportunity!
Traveling will likely present you with many opportunities to stray from your food plan. With a little planning, however, you can keep yourself on-track and maintain the momentum of your fitness journey both at home and on the road. Here are a few quick tips to help keep you on-track.
PLAN IN ADVANCE
Account for what a day of eating may look like ahead of time so you don’t make impulsive decisions you may regret later.
- How long will you need to wait between meals?
- What will you have access to?
- Should you plan for quick meals or, is time on your side?
- Should you pack a healthy snack (or two) to avoid temptations or “boredom” eating?
Choose a mix of foods that you are able to bring yourself, as well as some you may be eyeballing while out to eat or in a social setting.
ASK YOUR HOTEL FOR A REFRIGERATOR
Many hotels have in-room refrigerators for guest use at no charge. If where you’re staying doesn’t offer one in every room, they will likely have portable refrigerators on site since they must provide them for guests with medication that requires refrigeration. Ask at the front desk: there could be extras available for you to use. With access to a refrigerator, you can keep leftovers in there to finish as a future meal, or go to a local grocery store and grab some fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy snacks, and/or calorie free beverages.
INVEST IN A SMALL ELECTRIC GRIDDLE
If you really want to avoid the costs and temptations of eating out, this is a great option. With a small electric griddle (like a George Foreman) and a hotel mini-fridge, you can essentially make fresh proteins on demand! You can cook eggs, chicken, fish, you name it! Get creative!