Traveling has to be one of my favorite hobbies. The feeling of being in an unfamiliar place, but also having that homey place away from home that caters to all your needs is a treat. Before my healthy lifestyle however, the anxiety about dieting while traveling took away all of the excitement and fun, and caused me to not want to go. The banter that goes on in your mind while you're at your 8th dinner "out" at a restaurant can be exhausting. In this post we're going to talk about how to prepare for your trip whether it's 3 days or 2 weeks. With these tips, you'll never have to let the feeling of being out of control take over the experience of your week long getaway with the girls, or even a quick business trip.
I was planning on going to Kroger the day before I left but found my self near Meijer after I got my nails done, so I went there. Finding snacks in a grocery store for traveling can be tricky because so many packaged foods are filled with sugar, sodium, artificial flavors/colors, you name it. However, there are plenty of healthy perishable and nonperishable items you can find- you just have to look. Here's what I got at Meijer:
Black bean hummus (literally taste like spicy refried beans & 40 cals per serving)
Almond butter packets-Barney Butter brand (90 cals per pouch)
Quinoa chips- simple 7 brand
Mixed nuts- unsalted
Sugar free werther's hard candy caramels- for the sweet tooth
Dark chocolate (85% cacao; this was actually Trader Joes)
Quest Bars (life.savor.)
I was going to stop by GNC and grab some "Turkey Perkey Jerkey", but I was behind on packing- shocker. If you have time, stop by and grab a couple packs of those, along with Ostrim Jerky (yes, Ostrich meat.. trust me it's amazing).
The night before I left, I cut up my cucumbers and peppers, and put my hummus in a small Tupperware container (eat the veggies the first or second day since they are perishable), and I put them in the fridge. I bagged up my quinoa chips and mixed nuts to condense space. Quinoa chips have saved my life in the sense that now I don't binge eat Tostitos and salsa, but I turn to these chips instead. They have BBQ, sea salt, and sour cream & onion.
Also, almond butter is a life-saver when you're on the go. I found these little ones at Meijer in regular flavor, and also chocolate-coconut (so delish). They have 90 calories per packet and are perfect to put on your packed rice cakes. I like these better than the Justin's brand because they aren't as high in fat and calories for when you just need a mid-morning snack.
Since we left for the airport at 5:30 am, I ate a quest bar for breakfast (I thought it'd be rather unsafe to cook eggs with my eyes still closed). Make sure you're carrying your food on your carry on, because i was hungry again at 8:30 an hour before our flight. Thanks to my food prep, I had everything I needed at the tips of my fingers. I ate my cucumbers, peppers, and quinoa chips with my black bean hummus and in return got some interesting looks considering I was eating raw veggies at the crack of dawn; but hey, judge me.
Matt and I got our Starbucks- He got iced coffee, I got hot tea because I was planning on sleeping on the plane, and we both added 1/2 Splenda and he added a splash of creamer.
Could I have just gotten a breakfast sandwich at Starbucks or Bruggers? Absolutely. However, I love the feeling of knowing exactly what ingredients I'm putting into my body. I don't know how much oil they used to cook their eggs, or how much sodium they pack into their turkey to make people want to come back for more. Starting your trip off on the right food nutritionally is extremely important.
I was planning on keeping you guys updated on what exactly I was ordering at restaurants while I was traveling, but honestly I had way too much fun, so I forgot. I worked out once in the hotel fitness center the size of a closet, but it worked. The little market right near our hotel was a life-savor with a salad bar, and many other snacky treats for when I ran out. I honestly don't know what I would have done without my packed snacks because no one was on the same eating schedule as I was. My favorite part of the trip had to have been devouring pizza on my hotel bed, and I have no shame in that. As i've mentioned previously in my blog, the healthier of a lifestyle you live, the more delicious and rewarding a large BBQ chicken pizza is. I kept my balance during my trip and didn't let the excuse "I'm on vacation" constitute every decision I made- besides the beer and pizza ;) Treat yourself, but also remember that when you come home, your body doesn't care that you were on vacation, it still takes the hit. What you eat on vacation determines how you'll feel on vacation, and after.
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind while traveling:
Snack preparation- Take everything I said about the easiest snacks into consideration. Protein bars are also a life-savor, remember to check for less than 10g of sugar.
Know when you’re going to splurge- whether it’s the first day, last day, or every day, know ahead when you want that delicious meal so that you don’t get mad at yourself for doing it. When you plan, you know exactly how you’re going to feel.
Scope out your surroundings- Use the Yelp app to look-up nearby markets or convenience stores with salad bars or convenient snacks.
Workout- Starting your day off with a quick sweat session on vacation can make all of the difference. Whether it’s a quick workout in the fitness center, or a long walk on the beach, I promise you won’t regret it. If yoga is your thing, Yelp some nearby yoga studios. If running outside is your thing, go to the concierge of the hotel and ask for nearby running paths outside or gyms. Also, workout centers at hotels have water dispensers to fill up your water bottles which can save you some bucks!
Eat breakfast- Take advantage of the complimentary breakfast spot at your hotel, but also be careful. They have an endless amount of pastries and high-in-sugar yogurt, but they also have healthier choices. Typically they have hard-boiled eggs, which I take about 2 full eggs, and 2 egg whites, then mix them with salsa and pepper. If they have an omelet station, do what you do best, and order an egg white omelet, no oil, whatever veggies, no meat, no cheese, and salsa on the side.
You are on vacation- I know that I said earlier to not use that excuse with everything, but please do use that excuse sometimes. You are on vacation and enjoying a juicy cheeseburger is a lot more enjoyable at an outdoor patio on the beach, trust me.
Have Fun!!!- Don’t let the thoughts in your head drive you crazy while you’re on vacation; I’ve been there, and it is no fun. Relax, reward yourself, and enjoy the people you’re with.
All-in-all I had an amazing weekend and met some great people. Enjoy yourself on vacation or on a business trip and as always, stay FIT, not skinny ;) Look out for next week's post about choosing the right kind of protein bar!
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