Looking to eat healthy foods while you are on a business trip is not always easy. Sometimes food is catered, and that can leave you with little choice. With tight schedules, high-pressure meetings, business travel is anything but a walk in the park.
One of the benefits of traveling for work is the per diem and client dinners. In fact, most entrees in restaurants contain significantly more fat and sodium than a home cooked meal. Add bread and a cocktail and you’re looking at enough calories to satisfy your needs for an entire day. It’s important to do what you can to stay healthy so here’s a few tips to stay slim while you’re out of the office.
Know what to order when away from your kitchen
When you’re surrounded by fast food in the airport, what do you choose? A burger and fries, or pizza, and a soda will likely land you in a food coma, completely killing your productivity on the flight. The high carbohydrate content and large amount of sugar will cause huge spikes in your insulin levels, and make you very tired. Instead, order a lettuce wrapped burger and forgo the fries and soda. Another strategy is to bring a meal with you. It’s a pain to lug it through security, but it’s guaranteed healthy and doesn’t cost you the high airport prices.
“Happy Hour” alternatives
Happy hours with clients or customers are sometimes mandatory, but that doesn’t mean you have to partake in the same way. Wine, beer and cocktails are empty calories, so swap out your favorite libation for soda water and lime. It looks like a mixed drink and won’t raise any questions about lack of participation.
If there are appetizers, choose the option that has vegetable and protein on it. Not only will they keep you full and more alert, but they also help satisfy your hunger better than carbohydrate loaded foods like bruschetta, french fries or cheese plates. Bacon wrapped shrimp, lettuce wraps, roasted artichokes and hummus are common items you might see on a menu that are going to be better for you than most other options.
When you are hungry it’s much more difficult to make good choices. Bring a few snacks along with you to prevent you from staring down the vending machine. Baby carrots, protein bars, beef jerky, and almonds are easy to find and keep well without the need of refrigeration for a few days. If you aren’t prepared, then go for the nuts in the vending machine. In terms of satisfying your appetite, calories and nutritional content, they are likely the best choice for you.
Fight temptation for late night easy options
When you’re fixing an issue or working late on a presentation, it’s tempting to opt for quick Chinese instead of a nutritious dinner. However, a filling dinner that’s good for you can help you concentrate much better than a high sodium, high carbohydrate takeout. Grab a pre-packaged salad from a grocery store or deli counter.
Drink plenty of water!
Water bottles in the airport are expensive. Save money by bringing your own plastic water bottle through the airport and fill it up once you’re through security. This way you aren’t lugging around your favorite reusable bottle and aren’t too attached to it in case it needs to be thrown away. Fill it up and drink water often!
If you choose to follow these recommendations, you will notice a huge difference in your mood, have plenty of energy, and feel confident you stuck to your diet plan.