How to Eat Clean While Traveling

Apr 28, 2014

The key to success even when you're one the road?  PLANNING AHEAD!  Eating Clean doesn't have to be about spending hours in the kitchen making food with ingredients that you have never heard of before.  It's about taking the time to pair the right foods together and read the labels!

1.  Pack your Shakeo!  Oatmeal is super easy to pre pack and put in your suitcase.  You can portion out 1/2 cup oatmeal into individual sandwich bags, each with 1/2 cup raisins, 1 tbsp flaxseed and wheat germ.  Every hotel has hot water or a continental breakfast that you can get hot water from.  Just pour in the hot water over my oatmeal and covered with a napkin for a few minutes & breakfast is served!  The best part is that it is totally clean!  Since oatmeal is only the complex carb portion of your breakfast, you can to the continental breakfast at the hotel and get 3 egg whites to go with your oatmeal!  If you don't have a restaurant at your hotel then pack a baggie of nuts and eat that with your oatmeal or throw in a scoop of protein powder with your oatmeal.

2.  Snacks on the go!  Measure out a small handful of nuts into bags such as unsalted almonds, cashews and peanuts.  You can also pack a few apples and oranges because they travel well!  Then, while driving , you can simply reach in your bag and grab a bag of nuts and an apple and be satisfied!

3.  H20!  Fill & take a refillable water bottle with you!  I take my Shakeology shaker cup with me wherever I go and use it for water.  When you continually drink your water, your body stays full and you only feel hungry when you are actually hungry!  And the refillable water bottle is good for the environment or you can bring a case of water bottles with you in the car and recycle them once you get home.

4.  Exercise: 
When you are committed to a program you must make do with what you have!  No EXCUSES!  With the technology now Beachbody OnDemand with 25 minute workouts you can do in your hotel room with NO equipment needed, there is no excuse why you can't workout!  Take your laptop or tablet with you so you can stream your workouts or pop in your dvd!  If you program requires weights, simply pack a resistance band or use the hotel gym and you're good to go!

5.  Limit alcoholic beverages!  A huge part of eating out especially with clients is drinking!  It's so hard not to enjoy wine, beer and mixed drinks with your co-workers, clients and friends.  I'm not saying that you should never drink, but limit yourself.  Alcohol has a lot of excess sugar and empty calories.  So for starters limit your alcohol and for every drink that you have you are required to drink 1 full glass of water! 

6.  Dining out!  Most restaurants cook with high fat ingredients because it gives the food additional flavor, but that always equals more calories!  So don't be afraid to ask for you veggies steamed without butter or ask for your chicken or fish grilled instead of fried!  Always ask for your salad dressing on the side and stay away from anything that is  cream-based (like ranch or caesar dressing) because they are loaded with fat.  Don't be afraid to ask for your food to be prepared the way you want it!  If I can't find anything healthy on the menu, my go to is always a grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette or oil & vinegar. 

7.  And last, but not least!  If you are going to an event like a wedding, shower, sporting event or fundraiser, my top tip is to eat before you go!  If you know that there are not going to be healthy options at the event, then make sure you have a well balanced breakfast and eat your healthy snacks every 2 1/2 - 3 hours.  Then when you get to the event, munch on fruit and veggies and keep a glass of sparkling water in hand.  Mingle and make the event a social hour that doesn't revolve around food and alcohol! If you keep yourself busy talking, then no one will even notice that you didn't pig out on the cookie table!  In your mind, you have to decide what is more important...the cookie table or that amazing body you have been working so hard to get!  In my mind, it was totally the amazing body that I wanted and that trumped any cookie or cake that you could put in front of me!

I'm not going to tell you that it's easy, but I'm going to tell you that it is worth it!