Traveling and Eating

This post is by a wonderful member of our 90/10 Community: Irene Herold

Eating 90/10 is a way of life, so while traveling or attending business meetings here are some tips that may help you.  Apply the planning you do at home to planning for your travel.image1-1

Exercise:

  • Take public transportation and get in a walk to your hotel. 
  • Have only wheeled luggage. 
  • Plan dinners near your hotel and walk to the restaurant.
  • Check in advance for hotel fitness centers & pack your workout clothes. 
  • If no center, then make sure you have walking shoes. 
  • Create a goal for the number of times you will use the fitness center or walk outside. 

Hydration:

  • After clearing airport security purchase a bottle of water and sip it throughout the flight. 
  • Always accept the glass of water in flight. 
  • Do not toss that bottle away!  Refill it from the hotel tap — no excuses for not drinking half your body weight in ounces of H2O each day. 

Food on the flight:

  • Don’t leave home without your own snacks. 
  • Go to products are LaraBars, unsalted nuts, and carrot. 

Eating during your stay:

  • Look at the buffet and plan what to place on your plate. 
  • I stick with the idea of 3/4ths of my plate should be veggies and 1/4th protein. 
  • Always look at a restaurant menu online first and plan what to order. 
  • Be creative – you may find a salad or side vegetable and an appetizers makes a satisfying meal.
  • If ordering an entrée, ask for extra vegetables if the starch is not a healthy choice. 
  • Look for something 90/10 (eggs, etc.) for breakfast, or drink the hotel room coffee and eat a LaraBar.  Another option is Starbucks oatmeal with just the nuts and raisins.

The success of these tips is in the fact that I travel a lot, but have not gained weight.  Knowing travel will not be a setback inspires me to continue to keep on my healthy eating journey.  I am sure many of you have strategies too and I look forward to learning about them.

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6 Comments

  1. Jen says:

    I drink my water from a 1L nalgene or SIGG bottle everyday. This is no exceptions to when I travel. As long as the bottle is empty and taken out of your carryon luggage, it will pass through security in the USA and international airports and train stations. I have taken my own water bottle all over the US (including Hawaii), all over Europe (UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece), and Japan – my water bottle has a lot of miles on it. I have had no problems with security and have no excuses for not drinking water on the airplane or on vacation!

  2. chad says:

    might want to edit the “drink half your body weight in water” part. I’m pretty sure you meant in ounces, but just to be clear…

  3. Rhonda Stephens says:

    We usually drive from WA to CA a couple times a year. I always pack a cooler full of water bottles and snacks to avoid the drive through. We like to make a “picnic in the park” at one of the many rest areas on the way. Then when we get to where we are visiting I offer to cook at least part of the time we are there. I always bring a loaf of my homemade bread and spices to make the meals I have planned to make.

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