5 Way To Keep Your Nutrition On Track While Traveling
It can be incredibly difficult to travel and stay committed to your health and fitness.
For those that have the commitment and will, there's a way.
Here are a few of the tips I've received over the years and things I've implemented that have helped me stay sane AND committed to my nutrition while traveling.
1) Don't Settle For Convenient - The biggest problem I had was the tour bus fridge.
We were given a per diem every city for food, but why would I spend my hard earned money, when there was a fridge full of free food?! So instead of solid nutrition, my life consisted of hot pockets, bagels, peanut butter, and the occasional twinkie.
Fast food was also delivered to site on the regular. Instead of eating the few healthy items that the bus may have had, I always went with what everyone else was eating.
Needless to say, it didn't work out for me. It wasn't too long after choosing convenience food, that I found it was convenient to not work out regularly.
2) Plan ahead - If you know you're going to be living in a car, or out of a hotel room, you need to plan.
I had the opportunity, in every city, to be able to go to the grocery store and get the right foods for me, but I never planned accordingly, so I always went back to the convenient.
I never made plans to work out either, I just figured I would find the time. But, here I am, suffering from serious FOMO (fear of mission out) from all the tanks and t-shirts I missed out on from NEVER dropping in to another gym. Once.
3) Be Flexible - Sometimes you'e in the middle of Lakeshore Drive in Chicago in a 16 foot U-Haul, in rush hour traffic.
It's not exactly convenient to pull over and find yourself a healthy lunch. It comes down to planning again, but being flexible in that plan. Maybe you switch up your snack you were planning on having later because you can't get to the actual meal you planned.
Perhaps you grab one of those sandwiches from the volunteer area and try to spruce it up. Shit happens, don't panic and make bad decisions because you're stressed out.
4) Be Creative - With your food and your workouts.
Gyms aren't always readily available, but there are body weight movements aplenty for you to use. Throw some of those into a tabata and you're golden. As for food, you can always deconstruct some of the meal options available to you.
I can't tell you how many weird stares I got the first couple of weeks on tour as I stuffed lettuce-wrapped lunch meat into my pie hole.
But if you followed the tip about planning ahead, you should be fine.
5) Make your own goals - I think this is the biggest tip someone would have given me.
With the paleo challenge I did at my gym, I had a sweet prize package at the end of the road that kept me motivated.
As soon as that was gone, and I was on the road, the wheels fell off. If you can find something that keeps the metaphorical "carrot on the string" in front of you, absolutely do it.