• wonderful article, Carla. I have been on the road for weeks, and I am learning all this on the fly. One more thing is to ask for less salt at a restaurant. Those little packages of nonfat plain yogurt seem to keep a long time in my “lunch bag”, hard boiled eggs and pieces of fruit, that combo has helped me through the long days…

    From Merlyn
    July 29, 2012

  • correction: Karla!

    From Merlyn
    July 29, 2012

  • Mission accepted AND accomplished! I never tire of a debate with someone that traveling and eating healthy is impossible. I travel 2-3 weeks per month. Start with places having nutrition on their menu or healthy option menus and as you get better at this, you find you can eat nearly anywhere and keep the nutrition up and calories down. I would have been one of those that felt it was impossible if not for the Healthy Traveling class Bob does though! Great article!

    From Lyle Orr
    July 30, 2012

  • Lyle and Merlyn, I love these extra tips. You are right; you have to focus on finding those healthy meals and snacks on the go. Once you get the hang of it, it is fun and easy.
    Keep up the good work!

    From Chef Karla Williams
    August 1, 2012

  • I am looking forward to the challenge. Thanks Bob and Karla for the wake up call and helpful tips!

    From Kevin W
    August 4, 2012

  • Hello Kevin!
    You are very welcome! Good luck!

    From Chef Karla Williams
    August 9, 2012

Mission: Find Healthy Nutritious Meals While Traveling

It is difficult to find fresh healthy food while traveling. Between the lack of time and availability of good fresh food, we have limited choices. Trust me, this mission is possible! Often we are so focused on our arriving to our destination in a timely manner rather than concerning ourselves with our own health and well-being. However, nutrition is the key to feeling good and fresh when you arrive to your final destination.

  1. Communicate with your Server.  Specify no butter, grilled proteins, and dressing or sauce on the side just to name a few. Many restaurants have the ability to cook items lower calorie, they just might not advertise it on the menu.
  2. Fruits and Vegetables!  These two are important, load them on any meal. Watch any extra additions of butter or sugar. Ask to have your vegetables steamed to avoid additional butter and verify that the fruit is not stored or served in syrup.
  3. Water, Water, Water! Drink a lot of water throughout your busy travel day. Doing so will keep you full and satisfied longer and will keep you hydrated ensuring you arrive to your destination fresh and feeling well.
  4. Break the menu down. Look at what is on the restaurant’s menu and ask to have those items prepared differently for you (You are worth it!) Ask for scrambled eggs at McDonald’s, order oatmeal from Starbucks without added sugar, and grilled chicken salad on a bed of greens with dressing on the side from a corporate restaurant.
  5. Plan and bring a few snacks with you while traveling: Carrot sticks; baked pita chips, oranges, hard boiled eggs, and a prepared smoothie are great options to ensure that you will have something health to depend on.

Traveling can be fun, make eating healthy and nutritious a fun game while traveling. Just bob and weave through the unhealthy choices.  When in doubt remember Bob Wright’s Unwise, Better, Best.

Do you accept my mission?

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