Road Warrior Series Part III: 6 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy on the Road
From the desk of Stacy Slawitsky, RYT……..
For several years, I was a corporate road warrior, traveling to many parts of the country, sometimes for weeks at a time. Let’s face it: work travel can take its toll on your mind and body, and it’s hard to stick to good habits when your daily schedule is always changing.
Contained within part 3 of this 4-part Road Warrior I will give you some ways to manage your diet and keep your waistline status quo during your work travels.
1. Keep it fresh: Get a fridge for your hotel room
If you read Part I of this series (http://www.ombecenter.com/blog/?p=633), you requested removal of the mini-bar at the hotel upon arrival to avoid the cashew, M&M binge-fests they can cause. Fill the empty space with a fridge for snacks like fruit, cut up vegetables and bottles of water to avoid post-travel dehydration. Some hotels will charge approximately $35 for this accommodation but if you mention you are a frequent guest, they will typically waive the fee.
2. Hang with the locals: Stock up at a grocery store
I have an infatuation with Whole Foods and would make it a point to check out the different layouts/offerings these stores have across the country. If you are not a Whole Foods junkie, it’s still a great place to stock up on the aforementioned fruit and sliced up veggies for your fridge.
Ok, so you are in the middle of Kansas saying there’s no place like home as there’s no Whole Foods in sight? Find a local grocery store and that will do just fine.
3. Morning sunshine: Start your AM off with some protein
Not to make this a science lesson, but the stress of travel and can throw your adrenal glands into high gear resulting in sugar cravings upon arrival. I have been there and it’s not pretty. Curtail sugar cravings by having a protein packed breakfast. Try to avoid muffins and baked goods and have some eggs. Eggs not your thing? Hotels also usually have portion control sizes of peanut butter packets that you can throw on a piece of whole-wheat toast. Pair your protein with some low-sugar fruits like mixed berries, apples or grapefruit and you are good to go.
4. Boardroom lunches: Be sassy and see what you get
I have seen my fair share of less than ideal lunches brought in during work meetings. From greasy pizza served in an office nesting in the midst of Texas oil fields to a platter of cheese filled sandwiches in Minnesota. Don’t be shy, ask about lunch in the AM. Voice your dietary restrictions and see if you can order something that aligns with your diet. I like to stick to whole foods in my diet but if your choices are limited, a deli turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread won’t kill you. Don’t forget to bring your fruit and veggies for a mid-afternoon snack break.
5. Variety is good: Skip the dinner entrée and get some apps
Dinner out with coworkers or clients can be one of the most likely times to pack on the pounds. Skip the entrée and order two appetizers that are not fried. For even more variety, split a few appetizers with a co-worker, so every-body wins.
6. If all else fails: Remember tomorrow is a new day
I say this to my yoga students and the same applies here. Go easy on yourself! If you end up completely abandoning your normal eating routine try not to get caught up in self-defeat or criticism as it’s a waste of your precious energy. Start again the next day and see how you do!
Would love to hear your tips for eating on the road!
Stacy Slawitsky, RYT
Certified Yoga Teacher
Stacy’s journey with yoga began in Manhattan as a means to relieve the stress of a demanding job on Wall Street. Her discovery of PranaVayu yoga opened her mind and body in transformational ways. Her passion to share these practices with others led her to complete her 200-hour PranaVayu teacher training with founder David Magone.
Stacy continues to further her training through Buddhist meditation and philosophy workshops with the Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten, and yoga instructors throughout Boston and New York.
Her yoga classes encourage students to be kind to themselves by practicing patience and positivity with their yoga practice, while playing a variety of good tunes along the way.