Eating well may be one of the toughest challenges of traveling. When you’re at home, you can exercise great control over what you consume, but when you’re on the road, you often find your dining choices severely limited. This is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you eat a balanced, nutritious diet, no matter how far you are from home.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
According to Livestrong, people often confuse hunger and thirst. This is because the same part of the brain controls both impulses, which can sometimes make it difficult to tell whether we’re really craving a meal, or simply need a glass of water.
One of the easiest ways to stay healthy on the road is to make sure you stay hydrated. Bring bottled water with you, or ask your chauffeur to stock some in the car. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water instead of immediately reaching for food. Experts recommend drinking 8 oz. of water and waiting 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry after 15 minutes, then you’re actually hungry — go ahead and eat.
2. Be Careful Where You Stop
Travelers are often tempted to stop at fast-food restaurants, as these tend to be the easiest and most convenient options. Unfortunately, these easy, convenient spots also tend to be the worst for your health. Men’s Health suggests that travelers make an effort to stop at supermarkets or grocery stores instead, where they can pick up healthier snacks.
If you’re looking for more than just snacks, many modern supermarkets feature salad bars and made-to-order sandwiches. You can craft your own meal, one that is much healthier than the readymade junk food at fast-food restaurants.
3. Pack Your Own Snacks
This tip goes hand-in-hand with the previous one: either before you leave or after you’ve reached your destination, you should try to stop at a supermarket and purchase a variety of healthy snack options to carry with you. This way, if you feel sudden hunger while on the road, you have nutritious options readily available.
4. Don’t Forget Breakfast!
As USA Today points out, breakfast is the most important meal of the day — but many of us skip it. If you eat a filling meal high in protein and fiber in the morning, you’ll be less tempted to graze later on. Plus, you’ll have all the energy you need to perform at your best during early meetings.
5. Know What to Reach for When Your Options Are Limited
When you’re on the road, you often don’t have a say in where you eat. Clients may schedule meetings at restaurants, and the conferences you attend may be catered. If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to make smart selections.
Muscle and Fitness has a great list of foods you should look for when eating in restaurants or at catered events, including vegetable-based soups, mixed green salads, broiled fish, and baked chicken, to name just a few. Armed with the right knowledge, eating healthy on the road becomes much easier. It may still be difficult at times, but it is certainly possible — as long as you follow these tips, that is.