The Traveling Athlete

by Chrissy on August 17, 2014

travel 4Athletes find themselves on the road a majority of the time. When you are traveling, it is hard to stick to your healthy eating regimen. You find yourself eating at restaurants about every night. It is easy to overindulge due to the portion sizes and hidden calories restaurants cook with. Your self-control will truly be put to the test.

Below are my top 10 tips for staying on your health game while traveling.

Tip 1: Pack nonperishable snacks.

  • Almonds mixed with dried fruit (raisins, blueberries, and mangos)
  • Wheat thins with string cheese
  • A protein bar or KIND bar
  • Granola bars such as Kashi
  • Applesauce, pudding, and canned fruit in its own juice
  • Quick oats with trail mix
  • Peanut butter stuffed pretzels
  • Almond butter and 100% fruit jelly sandwich on whole grain bread

Tip 2: Get enough sleep.

Tip 3: Stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine.

Tip 4: Use the hotel’s exercise facilities.

Tip 5: Eat mindfully.

Tip 6: Plan ahead: map out the eateries near where you will be located.

Tip 7: Do not overdo it just because you are not paying for it.

Tip 8: Eat breakfast!

Tip 9: Focus on food safety.

Tip 10: Always ask!  Even if you are at a fast food restaurant and do not see nutritious choices on the menu, ask. Many restaurants are open to customizing options for you.

There is a lot to think about when traveling. Remember to prepare and plan ahead. Stick to your regular eating regimen as much as possible. Once you arrive at your final destination, scout out a local grocery store and grab some fresh fruits and vegetables to stock in your mini fridge in your hotel room.  Lastly, keep your immune system strong as traveling is an easy way to get sick.

-Macy Focken

 

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