Now that the summer is coming towards the end, the businesses start picking up steam again. Everyone is busy and productive and feels well rested.
Show me a person who travels a lot and I’ll show you a person, who can’t eat healthy and move enough all the time. It’s simple really: Because you’re switching so many places and play with so many variables you can’t work with static elements.
This article will change that. I will show you today how you can eat healthy while you’re on the go. Let’s go!
Planning, planning, planning
When you’re traveling abroad or for a business trip, it takes you or your business colleagues quite some time to organize everything. Hotels, flights, transportation, conference tickets, etc.
Why would you not plan your trip when it comes to your health and productivity? The idea is that you will and should perform at your best, even while you’re on the road.
Whether it is to close a sale, to hold a presentation or to meet the facility owners where you’re producing your products, you have to be on your A-game, at all times.
That of course requires planning.
What are you going to eat, where are you going to eat, heck when are you going to eat? All questions you have to think about.
The first and most important tip: Start early. The longer the trip, the earlier you should start planning and think about possible variables. Let’s quickly look through a bunch of them:
The travel day
What day is it? Do you have any big commitments before or after? A meeting you absolutely need to attend? Getting drinks with colleagues the night before is probably not the best idea if you have an early morning flight!
Think about the whole day for a second, with all its details: You get up, brush your teeth (did you pack your toothbrush?), get your bag (did you pack your stuff?), eat breakfast (what are you eating?), etc. You get the point. Walk through the entire plan. Because you have the information in advance, you can already think of possible culprits before they happen.
The travel time
Is it in an early morning flight or a red-eye to a different city? This plays a big role when it comes to food choices and generally the before and after planning. If you have a night flight, chances are you’ll still work throughout the day and finish off some important stuff. But that also means that you probably won’t eat on the plane, etc. Think about the travel time!
Location, location, location
You learned it in business school, now I’m telling you again, location is super important. Which airport are you flying from? Where to? Where are you staying? Where is the conference or the business setting you’re attending? All important questions when we evaluate what you’re going to eat!
Now that you’ve planned some of the details, I’ll give you some randomly listed bullet points to use as tips for your travel:
- get quality earplugs
Either for on the plane or while sleeping in a loud environment, because sleep is important. Obviously, depending on the hotel you’re going to, noise might be an issue, don’t even think about the other guests, but a car alarm that rings all night, can also keep you from sleeping!
- Bose noise-canceling headphones
I’ve tried a bunch of ways to really listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks on the plane, and nothing works as well as Bose noise-canceling headphones. They work pretty well even without a battery, but with a battery, you won’t hear the motor noise of the plane at all. They are the best when it comes to shutting off on a plane.
- use brands while traveling
Stuff like Subway and other restaurants can make it extremely easy to eat somewhat healthy vs. going all the way over and just eating whatever (don’t forget, 80% of the time routine and 20% eat whatever you want). Again, this requires a lot of planning! Make sure to know which airports and places have restaurants you like and trust.
- drink tons of water!
Water can be one of the main reasons for your jet lag! A lot of people forget to drink water on the plane and because of the dry air in the air (see what I did there?) your body will lose fluid, which you need to re-up!
- drink Action Tea
Tea is way easier to transport and Action Tea comes in a sturdy tin, that’s really light weight. This way you are not on the hands of low-quality coffee that will make you crush after a drink anyway. You only need hot water for this one. Get it!
- fast to avoid jet lag
A lot of people don’t know about this, but fasting is actually one of the best ways to beat jet lag, because you can adjust your body to the local eating times when arriving, which helps immensely.
- pack food and good snacks
Yeah, I know you might look like a weirdo, not eating the airplane food, but trust me, they are not as good anyway. Make sure to pack some tasty food and good snacks like nuts and dried fruit, that will help you eat healthily on the go.
What if you slip?
Obviously I’m not talking about slipping on the floor, but slipping with your food choices.
Honestly, it’s ok. As human beings we can’t be perfect all the time and being too anal about these things can cause negative reaction, whether with you (your mood) or your environment (e.g. your colleagues getting pissed at you because you’re trying to get steamed broccoli at McDonalds).
If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have the 80/20 rule. Eat clean 80% of the time and eat whatever you want 20% of the time. The trick is just, to know where the 20% stops and getting back into the routine. That obviously requires some training, but I’m sure you’ll get there.
The most important thing after slipping is getting back INTO the routine, and that is, especially for frequent travelers, very difficult to do. Again, you have to work with what you have and aim for the 80%!
As you can see it’s easy to do eat healthy while traveling, IF you plan enough and think about all the variables. But it’s also ok to slip from time to time, if the situation allows you to. Just make sure that you’ll get back into a routine, as soon as possible!