“Time to go on a diet” is what I’m tired of saying every time I get home from a trip. It’s hard to make healthy choices when we’re ripped from our routines. We are creatures of habit. I do my power walk around 10am every day. I make scrambled eggs in the morning with cut-up fruit. I can’t really do all of that when I’m traveling, and I may be on a plane at 10am, or I don’t have access to a kitchen. I’m also tired when I travel, since I’m away from my comfortable bed, and when I’m tired, I don’t make the greatest food choices. My willpower is weak. But when, at one point in my life, work had me traveling regularly, I had to decide that enough was enough or I was truly going to go up three dress sizes. Here are my tips for eating healthy on the road so you don’t come back bloated.
Plan your meal route every day
Every day, look at your travel route. If this is a road trip, look at the towns through which you’ll pass. Figure out where and when you’ll hit places for each meal. If you know there will be a long stretch in between, make sure to have snacks with you so you don’t pull over and get a hot dog from a gas station. Have a plan.