Apologies for the major lack on posts lately. I wasn’t feeling well for quite a while and then I was traveling. I’m back now, though, and have some great posts ahead!
As I mentioned, I was traveling earlier this week for work. Working over the holiday weekend somehow seemed ok considering I traded in the gloomy, freezing NY temperatures for 70-and-sunny LA.
I find it pretty difficult to stay healthy when I’m away from my kitchen and out of my routine (and when I’m surrounded by free food and treats on commercial sets), but I was ready for the challenge.
My flight was early, which meant I had to grab breakfast at the airport. Just in case I didn’t find anything, I packed some Perfectly Simple Protein Bars in my bag. When I got to the airport, I was actually surprised at all the options. Airports are slowly but surely getting healthier, especially in big cities. I actually found a dairy-free yogurt! I bought a side of berries, crumbled up half of a protein bar, and mixed all that fun stuff into the yogurt for a quick protein breakfast parfait. Yum!
Since the flight would take me past lunch, I also perused the terminal for some healthy lunch options. There were a bunch of pre-made salads, but unfortunately, they all had meat or cheese. I settled on a Mediterranean wrap with hummus, chickpea salad, and roasted veggies. I also bought a fruit salad to have as a snack.
The rest of the week was more challenging. Free snacks surrounded me while I was on set, lunches were all-you-can-eat, and every night I went out to a big dinner with my co-workers and clients. It was definitely difficult not to over-eat or eat not-so-great-for you foods, but I managed to do it. I just stuck to a few simple rules:
1. Stick to eating times and portions.
At home, I have breakfast, lunch about 4 hours later, a late afternoon snack around 4 or 5, and dinner around
8ish. While working, I tried to stick to that same routine to keep from over-indulging. Try to keep your portions as normal as possible, as well, by choosing the smaller plate or avoiding round 2.
2. Start healthy.
If you start with a healthy, filling breakfast, you’re more likely to stay healthy throughout the day. Get in some filling protein and/or fiber to keep you energized. Go for something like a veggie loaded omelet or a handful of granola topped with fruit instead of French toast or buttermilk pancakes.
3. Don’t skip the workout!
Try to get in a good workout, even if it’s a quick 20 or 30 minutes. It will give you energy for long workdays and keep you from feeling sluggish. Most hotels have a gym, but if not, go for a run or bring your favorite workout DVD to get your sweat on in the room.
4. Pack a healthy snack.
I don’t eat meat or anything with lactose. Unfortunately, that limits my food options quiet a bit when traveling, so whenever I travel, I bring a healthy, pre packed snack (like fruit or granola bars) just in case. Bring them from home or buy some at the airport or at a drug store on the way to the hotel. That way, you always have a healthy option available.
I’m no germaphobe, but airplanes gross me out. All those people crammed into a tiny space with all the same air just circulating. It’s a cold waiting to happen. I load up on vitamin C before every plane ride with an Emergen-C to keep from catching the plane bug.
What do you do to stay healthy while traveling? Any on-the-go workout routines?