Along with yesterday’s blog post, “Client FAQ: When Traveling What Can I Prep/Eat?” I thought I would elaborate even more.
Too often I hear of reasons people cannot focus on their health due to workload, work travel and just always being on the run. Guess what? This doesn’t give you a hall-pass to eat at Five Guys, Popeye’s or Taco Hell. Sorry, I mean, “Bell.” But let’s be realistic. Just as you plan meetings each day/week, you can also plan in short workouts and meals, portable or not. To assist in the thought process here are some pointers to help you along.
What to pack in your handbag/suite-case:
- Macadamia nuts
- Wild tuna in water, canned
- Willd salmon, canned
- Hard boiled eggs
- Lindt 85%/90% dark chocolate
- Grass-fed and gluten free jerky
- Dried fruit (prunes, figs, dates)
- Raw fruit, portable
Now onto meals…
- This is where some of those hard-boiled eggs can come in hand. Pair a few eggs with a to-go coffee and be on your way to your first meeting.
- Breakfast joints/diners – over-easy eggs, bacon or gluten free sausage. Double score if you can get some sauteed vegetables (spinach, mushrooms) and if the eggs are organic free range.
- Starbucks- black coffee or tea, Kind bar and some fruit – or -
- Starbucks black coffee or tea, Protein pack: Cage-free egg, white Cheddar cheese, honey peanut butter spread, multigrain muesli bread, apples and grapes, but perhaps avoid the bread and peanut butter. Assess dairy for your best needs – or -
- Starbucks black coffee or tea and one of their hot sandwiches sans the bread (and perhaps cheese)
- Subway ask for one of the egg breakfast sandwiches without bread
- McDonald’s ask for scrambled eggs and apple slices – or – fruit and walnut breakfast, avoid eating the processed yogurt.
- Burger King ask for scrambled eggs and apple slices – or – ham omelette sandwich with no bread
- Dunkin Donuts has a large breakfast sandwich menu. Ask for one of the breakfast meat/egg combo without the bun.
Arby’s the Roast beef plain is your best bet. You can pair it with a plain salad or apple slices. Their Angus beef is gluten free but not the purest of proteins. It contains soy as a filler. Their sauce is also heavy in corny syrup. Corned beef is on the same level as the Angus beef as id the Roasted Turkey. If you are itching for a condiment the sauerkraut and aoli is at least gluten free.
Subway – you can build a salad with an assortment of vegetables and proteins.
Chipotle – this is my go-to place. Their products are locally sourced, when able, and their meat comes from grassfed beef, pasture-raised pork and free range chicken. I opt for the pork, because it is not cooked in soybean oil. The purest order is their bowl – choose a protein, I go for all 3 salsa’s (not the corn), lettuce, and guacamole. This is more than enough food even without the rice, beans and cheese. #EatClean
Jimmy Johns – I love a place that has an unwhich. Instead of bread, Jimmy John’s wrap a sandwich in a lettuce wrap. Depending on my schedule I may get double meat and always some avocado.
If I you have the chance to sit-down somewhere, perhaps with a client, ask for a gluten free menu and build/choose a meal starting with protein and then pair it with some vegetables, and this does not include French fries.
Even if you order room service, choose real food, in it’s purest form (salad, steak, fish with steamed vegetables and some wine for dessert), and do not overeat. You are already likely to not sleep well in a new bed and having a full stomach will not help.
On the go often? Dismissing your health is not a choice. Small changes can have big outcomes. Start today.
Cheers to you and good health,