Hey guys! How is everyone doing today?! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I’m currently in St. Louis. No, I haven’t seen the arch yet (sad face) but hopefully after work I can do a little more exploring. Fingers crossed!
My original plan today was to start my Bowl of the Week series and share some fun bowl recipes because I’ve had a ton of requests for this. So I want to start this up next week when I’m back at home (and back to meal prepping!). But today I wanted to talk about what is super relevant for me this week: how do I eat healthy when I’m traveling for work?
Anyone who has traveled for work feels my pain on this, right?!
Traveling for work makes healthy eating really inconvenient. Since you’re there to work (obviously) there are time constraints that make it difficult to sit down for a real meal, pressures to join your coworkers for pizza and drinks during happy hour, and on top of that, you’re in an unfamiliar area so it’s even harder to find a healthy meal even if you wanted one.
I think the best way to travel for work without totally ruining your diet is pretty simple: You really have to try.
I know, I know, this isn’t groundbreaking stuff but I feel like it needs to be said. I’m going to be blunt here. Just stop making excuses and genuinely try. Invest in your health. Think about your long term goal. And think about how crappy you’ll feel when you get back and have eaten horribly all week (on top of being exhausted).
Yes, it’s easy to jump into the shorter McDonald’s line at the airport and grab a McGriddle. But you need to plan healthy eating into your day and make it a priority when you’re traveling.
Wake up 15 minutes earlier and get to the airport with time to stand in the mile-long Starbucks line for something a little healthier. Research restaurants around your hotel, or conference center, or office to plan your lunch or dinner ahead of time. When your coworkers invite you to happy hour, yes of course you should go (don’t be a weirdo) but order a light cocktail or one glass of wine and a healthy appetizer. So many restaurants now cater to the “healthy” market, you can typically at least snack on some hummus and veggies.
And if your coworkers give you a hard time? They’re probably just self-conscious about what they’re eating. Nobody likes to eat nachos alone.
But for real. Keep your hands out of the nachos. I know you can do it.
Here are some ways I’ve stayed healthy during this trip, and maybe it will give you some ideas on how to plan ahead for your next work trip!
What I ate: Starbuck’s Blueberry Oatmeal & Blonde Roast coffee (black)
Why I ate it: I can’t eat dairy so eating breakfast on-the-go is really tough for me. Pretty much everything available for a quick breakfast has cheese on it. So I opt for the Starbucks oatmeal because it’s super filling & a great source of fiber, and best of all, it’s made with water so it’s a delicious dairy-free breakfast! I throw some blueberries on top, too, for some added antioxidants. Oh and my coffee? I always drink it black. I know, it’s not fun or nearly as Instagrammable as the Pink Drink but it gets the job done. If I had to add a sweetener I would opt for raw sugar or Truvia. Please don’t drink fake sugar. It literally makes me cringe.
What I ate: Grapes, cashews & a banana.
Why I ate it: First of all, building snacks into your day is a major key (omg I can’t believe I just said that) to staying healthy on-the-go, because it helps prevent hanger attacks and impulsive decisions. Plus, after a flight, nothing tastes better than some water-filled fruit like grapes to rehydrate me. But I also like to mix in some protein-packed nuts (cashews are my fave) so it’s a little more substantial. The banana is thrown in my purse for an emergency snack. Sometimes you just can’t plan when you’ll have your next meal, so if hanger strikes, just reach in your bag for your banana!
What I ate: A bowl (duh) from Crazy Bowls & Wraps with organic quinoa, grilled chicken, mixed veggies, and an olive oil, herb, and lime sauce
Why I ate it: You know I live for bowls. So when I’m traveling for work I do my research. Instead of making an impulsive decision on lunch after a 2-hour meeting where your stomach is growling louder than the person talking, look up your lunch spot ahead of time so you don’t have any excuses. If I’m in a city I’ve never been to, I like to Yelp it. I search “fast-casual” and typically a ton of nearby options come up. That way, I can browse menus and plan ahead. This place was right up my alley.
What I ate: Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar
Why I ate it: I love these bad boys. They’re minimal-ingredient, minimal-processing, throw-in-your-bag-and-go lifesavers. Plus the peanuts pack protein and they’re just filling enough to get me to the next meal. I buy them before my trip and pack them in my purse.
What I ate: “Naked” grilled salmon, button mushrooms, and sautéed spinach from Stoney River.
Why I ate it: Ok before you judge my bougie dinner, the restaurant is in my hotel, ok??? Any time I have to eat dinner out, I try to stick with the same combo: a lean meat, a green, and another veggie. Whether you’re able to pick your dinner spot, or you have to entertain clients or dine with co-workers, this is always a safe bet. I will never be the girl who tells you to order a salad – you’ll be hungry in your hotel room within an hour and reaching for the mini fridge snacks. Feed yourself!
What I drank: WATER.
Why I drank it: It’s so important to rehydrate after flying. It will keep your energy levels high and your skin from looking haggard and dull. Pack some electrolyte tablets and your Contigo and you will be all set. Be sure to drink at least 2 extra glasses (or one Contigo refill) more than your usual amount to make up for the lack of hydration. Please note: This is a TWB suggestion, with little to no scientific backing. LOL. But it helps keep me hydrated!
So tell me… how do you stay healthy while you’re traveling for work? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Tell me everything! I will be back tomorrow with my new favorite hairstyle and some amazing pics from the lakefront! (I shared a sneak peek in my new profile pic on this page!) You won’t want to miss it! Xo.