Fitness Minutes: (45,248)
6,716 9/7/12 4:43 P
Sounds like you're doing what you can when you can (Whole Foods for lunch, etc.) I've been traveling for business for years. And to top it off, I've had to go gluten free in the last year. Here's what I do; maybe some of it will help.
I pack several apples and Justin's peanut/almond butter packets and oatmeal packets (bought at WFs). In my hotel room, I'll eat the apple with peanut butter and when I go into the common work area where there's coffee, tea and bagels set out for breakfast, I'll use the hot tea water to have a packet of oatmeal. When I can, I get a small refrigerator for my room and stock it with greek yogurt, string cheese, etc. for alternate breakfasts and snacks. When lunch is brought in and it's deli food, it's pretty easy to make a healthy choice (turkey sandwich and salad - I bring gluten free bread with me). When it's pizza (as it quite often), I'll usually ask if they can also get a salad. When everyone else is munching on an afternoon candy bar, make sure you have things like granola bars and nuts to snack on.
As for eating out, just try to aim for what you know is healthy, give it your best guess and don't fret about it. I agree with the previous poster; in a nicer, sit-down restaurant, stick with chicken or fish with no sauce, a small steak, non-cream soup, salad with dressing on the side... stay away from the bread basket or stick to one small slice if you just have to have it. Skip dessert. Drink water - not sugary soft drinks or alcohol. If you have to eat fast food, do a little research ahead of time and know what you can eat. For instance, at Wendy's I stick with the chili and a plain baked potato. At Taco Bell (before I was gluten free), I would have two hard shell tacos.
Good luck! Eating healthy while you're 'on the road' can be challenging... but it can be done.
When I travelled for work, I knew I wouldn't have easy internet access, so I printed out the nutrition guides for the restaurants located in my hotel (all fast food chains, I was on a tight per diem). I would suggest you print out (or bookmark on your phone/iPad/laptop, if you have one) nutrition guides (if available) for the most common chains for breakfast and lunch (I'm thinking things like McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc). You can also look up what's in the area for a nicer sit-down meal ahead of time and see if they have a guide. If not, Just order a small steak or a grilled chicken breast (ask for light on oil/butter) with steamed veggies or an undressed side salad or even a baked potato (minus sour cream and go easy on the butter). I also try to pack myself protein bars for a quick breakfast or snack along with other diet friendly, but easy to pack, snacks.
Fitness Minutes: (42,306)
323 9/7/12 3:30 P
I travel full time for my job. It's a bit of a problem. I get up before dawn on monday, fly to a client location, and then am forced to eat out four days a week until I get home late on thursday evening.
There are some days I can get to whole foods to grab something for lunch, but it's very difficult for me to not eat out at least eight or ten times during that time period. Be it running to the airport or in the airport before flying on Monday or in the evening on thursday (airport food has to be the worst) or having dinners out with my clients during the week.
I could always use some support in terms of diet recommendations. I need to find ways to cut calories without it becoming something that impacts my client's feelings -- that is, it doesn't look like I'm being too over the top while in a steakhouse.
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