I am no stranger to maintaining a healthy eating plan while being on the road. I do a good amount of traveling myself, and my clients and readers are asking me all the time:
“Isabel, I am always on the go. How can I stick to my healthy eating plans and still live my life?”
If your days really have you running around from work, to parties, to picking up kids all over the neighborhood, here are a few strategies that really do work for maintaining a healthy diet:
1. Make your trunk your refrigerator.
OK, not literally, but I have known many people (like me) to keep a small cooler in their trunk at all times. They fill it with healthy goodies at the beginning of the day (raw nuts, fresh fruits and veggies, even hard boiled eggs) along with some ice packs and extra Tupperware (just in case) and they’re off for the day. At the end of the day, they empty whatever is left and the ice packs go back in the freezer for the next day. This is also a great way to keep your water bottles nice and cold and not warm from the car heat.
2. Make your supermarket your Fast Food stop.
Instead of a quick trip through the drive thru, run into the local supermarket and pick up an assortment of dried or fresh fruits, healthy trail mixes, fresh veggies and natural peanut or almond butter. Most supermarkets now have wonderful salad bars and prepared foods like grilled chicken and salmon (better than any fast food joint) and healthy sandwich options (be careful with certain condiments like mayo that may be added). Eliminate the fast food joints from your choices of “quick stops” and look for the hot spots in town that offer healthy diet options.
3. Become the bearer of good food.
When going to a barbecue or social event, I always bring something and that something is always supports my eating healthy eating plans. I know, if nothing else, at least I’ve got that to eat (although all of my friends and family know why I do this. Even if you contribute the healthy and lean beef burgers or turkey burgers, this may deter you from the not-so healthy hot dogs and sausages. Or, how about a colorful salad or fruit salad to promote a healthy diet?
There are always great ways to maintain a healthy diet even if your life has you traveling and on the road quite a bit.
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