Track that on your FitBit 🙂
Whether you travel frequently or you pack up for the day when you leave for work, most of us are on the road or away from a fully functioning kitchen for a good part of our waking hours. We don’t typically make our best decisions when we’re hungry, but we also don’t perform our best when we have a food hangover (that thing that happens with you fill up on crap because it was the most convenient option). The following advice is how to travel happy and come home feeling like you didn’t miss a beat.
Step 1) What to pack in your suitcase (or day bag):
I’ll try to be a little more creative than “bag of almonds” here. I’m sure that thought has already crossed your mind. Also, having a cooler bag and packing fresh, prepared foods is a great idea, but I’m going to go even simpler than that, as I probably already told you to boil eggs, bake chicken, etc. This list is things that can be kept in your bag that won’t haunt you (read: smell funky) later if you end up not needing them.
Freeze dried fruit. Fruit that is freeze dried contains less calories and sugar than dried fruit. It also contains fiber to help you feel fuller and aid in healthy digestion. Many brands contain only one ingredient (the fruit itself) and testing has shown that the freeze drying process concentrates the fruits antioxidants, meaning you get even more of the good stuff!
Your favorite protein powder. Keep a serving or 2 of measured protein powder in your bag along with a sealed bottle of water. This will allow you to make a filling, protein rich snack or meal replacement in an instant.
These also come in single serving packets.
Don’t forget the fat! Fat is lucrative for brain health, sustained energy and a healthy metabolism (to name a few of the countless benefits), but you can’t just choke down any ole fat. One of the healthiest fats you can ingest is coconut oil. Sound like a tricky one to travel with? Not anymore! You can buy individual serving travel packets of coconut oil made by Artisana.
While traveling, the easiest thing to pack that you can spread this packet of joy on is going to be a few rice cakes. Rice cakes are no nutritional powerhouse, but they are light and airy and make nice vehicles for tasty spreads without packing in extra calories. You can also carry a few individual honey packets and squeeze one of those on top of the coconut oil. This will help satisfy sweet tooth cravings while the rice cake takes care of the salty ones.
Old fashioned rolled oats with almond butter: Another easy staple is making individual serving bags of uncooked oatmeal. You can also buy almond butter in individual packets for a low as 99 cents per serving. It’s pre-portioned and needs no refrigeration. If you’re in a hotel, you can use hot water from the coffee pot to make your oats, then stir the almond butter in. If you’re on the road, get a cup of hot water from a gas station or drive-through. Another option: Squeeze the almond butter into the bag and mix it with the oats…instant power ball! I eat uncooked oats occasionally and they are really good. I just discovered this was possible a few years ago. Changed. My. Life 🙂
Of course, you can always take along my favorite green apple, homemade sweet potato chips and as much fresh food as you can preserve while on the road. But, when fresh just isn’t an option, don’t let it be your excuse to go off the rails and regret it later. I support the occasional treat meal, but a last minute run through a drive through is a decision often made in haste and rarely worth the damage is does. This list is your back up plan for things that will get you by until your next healthy meal. They will also serve as your emergency back up plan if you show up to a conference and everything on the buffet is fried, processed or covered in sauce.
Step 2) SwanFit!
If you haven’t already signed up for your monthly membership, the workouts in the Strong Calm Sexy plan will keep you on track while you’re on the road. You can log in on any mobile device and get your workout in without missing a beat. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
A) Drink lots of water while traveling. It will prevent belly bloat and keep your digestion on track. B) Order or take veggies whenever possible. If they are available, eat them 🙂 C) Always floss! It protects your teeth and gums, but it also prevents plaque from building in your arteries. D) Stretch at every opportunity. It will keep your hips and back from aching and help you sleep better at night.