I’m a seasoned traveler. I can pack a carry-on bag with enough clothes for two weeks. I’m skilled at picking the shortest security line. And I have enough frequent flier miles to travel around the world.
The thing I haven’t quite mastered is eating healthy while on the road. I often find myself eating an unrecognizable airplane meal or ordering a basket of Buffalo wings from the hotel’s late night room service menu.
Over the past few months, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat better while I’m on the road. But it hasn’t been an easy task. It has required some additional planning and will-power.
Here are a few of the changes I’ve made to make sure that I eat healthy while traveling:
Get an early flight
Try to fly out as early as you can to make sure you arrive at your destination before nightfall because most restaurants close around 10pm on weeknights. If you arrive after everything is closed, your only options will be fast food joints. Eating a greasy burger right before bedtime is not a good way to end the night.
Eat before you leave home
For the most part, airport food courts offer high-calorie, high-fat options. Eat before you go to the airport so you won’t be tempted to scarf down a tub of cheese fries.
Packing your own snacks is economical and convenient. I carry a bag of Pistachio Trail Mix, Power Crunch Peanut Butter Fudge Bar, and some beef jerky. These snacks keep me from feeling hungry and prevent me from raiding the minibar or buying high-priced snack boxes aboard the plan.
Flying dehydrates you, so you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. An added benefit of drinking water is that it will help you to feel full longer.
Take your vitamins and supplements
Before every trip, I pack a pill case (or plastic bag) with the vitamins and supplements I’ll need for each day I’ll be traveling. My go-to supplements are Men’s Multi-Vitamins, Vitamin C, and Omega-3 Fish Oil. Choose the supplements that work best for you.
Order healthy options
Many people like to indulge when they travel, especially if they have a generous expense account. A periodic splurge is okay, but you shouldn’t eat rib-eye steaks and loaded baked potatoes every night. Look for healthier menu options such as salads, soups, steamed vegetables, and lean meats. Your expense account and your waistline will thank you.