When it comes to our daily diet and nutrition, we all have what we can consider to be our “nutrition comfort zone.” Today, I want to give you some tips you can use the next time you find yourself outside your comfort zone.
Whether you’re on a business trip, away visiting with friends or Y2mate family or just on vacation, being well prepared and staying on-track with your nutrition is very important because when you return home, moving ahead with your goals is going to be a lot easier.
So let’s look at three places where you can go to find some decent nutrition when you’re away from home…
The local grocery store – This, of course, should be a no-brainer for all of you because you already have a set routine for shopping for your groceries at home. The difference here is that in most cases, if you’re staying in a hotel, you don’t have the luxury of a full size refrigerator or a stove. Therefore, the bulk of your time should be spent in the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the store. Get yourself some “ready-to-eat” fruits, such as bananas and apples, and some portable veggies like celery, baby carrots and cucumbers. Just buy as much as you’re going to eat that day. That way you don’t have to worry about storing it or having it go bad. In many cases, you’ll probably find that better stores will have pre-prepared fresh vegetables in little plastic containers you can take with you and eat whenever you get hungry. Your other main stopping-point at the grocery store will be for some good sources of protein. Some ideas might be some raw nuts, seeds or even some natural Greek yogurt and hummus to dip your fresh veggies into.
The corner store or hotel gift shop – While it’s not the most ideal place to shop and get yourself back into your nutrition comfort zone, it may be your only option in many cases, so you’ll just have to make the best of it, at least until you can get to another store which has wiser choices. Always remember your macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats). Try to make choices that are as healthy as possible from each of these groups. Some ideas might be canned nuts or seeds, bagged dried fruits or trail mixes. For something with some crunch, choose pretzels over chips, and remember to stay clear of sweet treats like cookies and cakes. If you must curb your sweet tooth, grab a candy bar which at least has some peanuts in it (and remember everything in moderation). Finally, make sure to pick up a couple of bottles of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Food concessions at the airport – Finally, let’s look at those seemingly endless layovers and delays at airports when on your way to or from a trip. My first bit of advice would be that you try to bring your own food with you for your time at the airport. This will keep you satisfied, and closer to your comfort zone than buying something there. If you must choose from the airport’s selection, try to go to a restaurant, if available, and order something that’s somewhat healthy. If you’re traveling with a group, make sure you order first so that you’re not tempted by what everyone else orders, and most important, if you are full, stop eating!