I’ve been traveling a lot lately. Over the last month, I’ve been to SD, LA, NYC (x 2) and Las Vegas. It’s been glorious. But if there is one downside, it is that this traveling takes its toll on my body.
I’m not just talking about the fatigue either. I’m referring to eating habits. Even a few days of travel can throw off your eating schedule.
So in effort to keep my body running efficiently (like a 93 Cavalier, but still like a car) I began looking at some problem areas for me when I travel and how I have (somewhat) fixed them. Hope this helps you jet setters.
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not eating after waking up will slow down your metabolism and decrease your productivity. So What’s one to do?
I’ve started to pack protein bars for trips. They’re small and easy to carry. Plus, they kick start my metabolism AND are easy to eat. EAS or Myoplex protein bars are relatively tasty and pack enough protein to get you to lunch.
Normally, you’re traveling, you missed out on breakfast so now you pig out at lunch…and there goes your productivity. I have found that Mexican food without dairy or tortillas is the best type of lunch to eat while on the road.
You get a lot of protein (Mexicans love meat) and a healthy dose of vegetables. My personal favorites are Burrito Bols from Chipotle or Chicken Bowls from Pollo Loco. Plus, these types of food are conducive to the Slow Carb Diet, basically it means more energy and productivity for you.
For the uninitiated the slow carb diet essentially means you stay away from breads, rice, sugar and dairy. After being on it for some time I can honestly say that I’ve lost weight, slept better and have had more energy through out the day.
If you can’t spot a Mexican joint nearby then had to a sandwich shop. Sure this means eating bread, but it’s better than fast food. What I do is, I stay away from the dairy and keep my sandwich on wheat bread and NO more than 6 inches.
Yes, that foot long at Subway is tempting, but even the wheat bread is stacked with bleach and carbs. Instead, stick to a 6 inch and double the meat. Hell yea!
Two meals down, one to go. And dinner is the hard one. Let’s face it, you’re in town visiting clients, co workers and you want to go out for dinner and drinks. Chances are you’ll be eating in some fancy places where the women (maybe) and wine are flowing like Mt. Olympus. Being health conscious here is almost impossible. But if you simply avoid cheese and bread and pig out on everything else, you’ll minimize the damage.
As for desserts, my new friend and National Geographic correspondent Annie Fitzsimmons has a wonderful tip:
After three bites of dessert, any sweet — no matter how delectable — starts to lose its luster. So I try to stick to my three bite rule. I always think “Will I regret NOT finishing this?” The answer is usually no.
PS check out her article on traveling intelligently above. More great tips and insights from someone who has traveled well for some time!
Oh and of course, the biggest tip: STAY HYDRATED. You’re traveling and moving around. You won’t stop to think about how many fluids you’ve consumed. But believe me, being hydrated will increase your productivity, immune system and awesomeness.
And if you’re going out drinking, drink coconut water before. It will super hydrate you. I love Vita Coco Water. Zico is useless, it tastes like liquid metal and doesn’t do anything to cure or prevent hangovers. Vita Coco does. Plus, Rihanna drinks it.
By no means am I a travel expert, but these are some things I picked up along the way. I know it’s important for you to stay healthy, even when you’re jet-setting. I hope these tips help!