The road warriors are at it again.
For many of you, January is a peak time in business travel as you are realigning your goals with your clients, reaching out to new prospects and making sure that the year is starting off strong. This can be quite the damper for your New Year’s Resolutions, though – many of us are guilty of gorging on a fast food burger at the airport or indulging in a decadent meal when out with clients, and eating healthy while traveling can be quite the challenge. But since you have a goal and we want to help you stick to it, we have some solutions. Here are our top four tips to eating healthy on the road:
1. Healthy eating starts with where you stop, so plan ahead. The moment you’re hungry, you’ll want to fuel that craving ASAP. This is where things can go wrong fast: it’s just too easy to stop at the fast food place next door to your hotel. Stay focused on your healthy eating goals and plan ahead by using Dinova’s restaurant locator to determine healthy food options on the way to your key destinations for your next trip. From California Pizza Kitchen to Tupelo Honey Cafe, we have tons of health-conscious options to suit your needs no matter where you go.
2. Eat frequently and in small amounts. Meetings can go long, so stock up on healthy snacks such as lunch packs from Zoes Kitchen. When you eat small amounts of healthy food throughout the day as opposed to large meals a couple times a day, you send a signal to your brain that food supply is plentiful and it’s okay to burn through calories quickly. Small food breaks also increase your energy for meetings and presentations, which can be a huge help during the 3pm crash.
3. Stay Hydrated. Drinking lots of water will flush your body of toxins and help you eat less. Water also helps you avoid travel lag and junk food cravings so that you can stay energized throughout your trip. Opt for a bottle of water instead of that second cup of coffee and keep refilling throughout the day – you can even make a water bottle one of your on-the-go travel essentials.
4. Stay focused while eating out. The big business meal in the evening is the time where food cravings prevail. All you have to do is keep things small and simple! Stick with one sampling of an appetizer, one course and order extra vegetables and a salad to fill up on good-for-you foods. If you simply must try a dessert, opt for one that’s non-creamy or contains fruit. And remember – if you ate small, healthy snacks throughout the day and drank plenty of water, you won’t feel so inclined to gorge at night.
Do you have any other tips for eating healthy on the road? Share them in the comments below!