Travel day nutrition can be confusing and often frustrating. Your choices are not only limited but your discipline is weakened as your relax (pleasure trips) or stressed (business trips). Staying on track on your travel day whether it’s business or pleasure can and will make all the difference to your trip as a whole.
When it comes to pleasure trips most people lose all will once the barrier is broke so it’s important to keep this barrier in place for as long as possible. Yes discipline will ultimately determine how far you venture off track with your eating but you don’t want to test it in the first few hours.
Business trips on the other hand are more difficult since socialising/celebrating will probably be a given and therefor alcohol will be involved. Starting your journey off with some bad food and drink will only add up once you arrive to your hotel where again your options will be limited due to your busy schedules. For those of you travelling these tactics will work for your whole trip.
Now lets look into it. Before you leave the house it's important you eat well before hand. Your last meal should be colourful and full of protein as a healthy meal will not only help you feel fuller but a clean source of protein is generally the hardest thing to find at the airport or train station so stocking up is vital. Not only that but you’re strengthening your discipline by starting your day off right.
Once your stocked up and ready to leave here are five ways to manage your hunger and eating during your travels;
Option One - Drinks
It's amazing how many people mistake hunger for thirst so keeping a drink handy at all times will do you the world of good and stop you from unnecessarily eating. If your a coffee or tea drinker then try to make them last a little longer but watch out for adding too much milk because you don’t want to be drinking your calories. For those of you who don’t drink tea or coffee or if you’d like something else to drink then some sparkling water is a great option and even one diet drink won’t hurt.
Option Two - Be specific
Finding the right meal at the airport or train station is simpler than you think, you just have to ask. Adding sides or extra portions of protein or greens might be costly but it's the tax we pay on living a healthier lifestyle than others. Creating your own meal will add ons and extras will get exactly what you want. Another way to look at this is to create a meal with individuals items i.e. some chicken, a salad pot and some nuts and add them together to make the meal you want.
Option Three - Fasting
This option is a little different but it yields great results. It's important you use this method not as an excuse to binge before and after but for its detoxification and healing benefits.
If my only options were between eating unhealthy fatty foods or fasting I'd choose not to eat. This option will take a huge amount of discipline (although coffee and tea are ok) but it can benefit your fat loss results and positively impact your energy levels. Your best starting point is to eat before you leave and then eat a healthy meal again once you arrive at your destination. Just remember to drink plenty of water during your fast.
Note if you're travelling for more than 24 hours then I'd suggest picking another option or trying to break your fast at some point with a healthy meal before beginning again and if you're someone who suffers with low blood sugar levels and or regular dizziness then again this option probably isn't for you.
Option Four - Enjoy and don't worry
Your fourth option is self explanatory, just eat what you want and enjoy it. Sometimes we need that mental break especially when you've been dieting and working hard for a long period of time but just remember to manage your intake and not overeat plus drink plenty of water.
Option Five - Prepare some food
Now this option will come with its own "terms and conditions" depending on where or how you're travelling. Preparing your own food is a great option and easy to do but I'm not going to deny that it might be the most troubling, for instance at an airport you wont be able to take certain foods beyond security so this will require some thinking.
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Speak soon, The Team.