I pack some things -- Trader Joes has an extensive selection of small prepackaged trail mixes and nuts. Each pack is about 200 calories. I have to watch my carbs, so I pack bran crispbread for breakfast and dinner 'bread'. There are some gluten free snacks that are also pretty natural -- I'm thinking of the trend in making cheese puffs with just egg whites and real cheese. Very crunchy, low in carbs.
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Try to choose options that have limited ingredients - seafood options are favorites of mine, along with a plain (no butter or sauce) vegetable, and a carb that also is simply cooked. If I'm really worried about it, I'll ask for "plain" items (such as veggies and rice).
If it's a group dinner type of event, I will try to plan accordingly and allow myself some slack. I may order the burger I want, but substitute steamed broccoli for the fries (as a recent example).
Keeping up on workouts really is the key for me - I tend to walk more when I travel (just getting around the airport, maybe checking out the local town, going on a hike at a local park one afternoon, etc), so as long as I stay active I find I can get away with not gaining while traveling (not losing anything, either).
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I always order the fish when I am out with colleagues to save on calories and fat. For breakfast, I swear by packets of instant oatmeal in my bag.
Most of my work travel is conventions lately, so I get LOTS of walking and standing in. Snacking is what kills me. I get hungry mid afternoon and all that is usually available is candy, cookies, or giant soft pretzels, so I almost always have a granola bar with me.
I agree with previous post; supermarkets are my choice most times due to healthiest options at lowest cost.
Supermarket picks when staying at hotel w/o microwave and frig: fresh fruits pre-made salad tuna/salmon foil packets canned green beans and spinach cheese sticks deli meat individual greek yogurts precooked chicken
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Supermarkets are always your best bet, especially if you have a microwave and fridge in the hotel. Even when you're on the road on a long drive, any town big enough to have a fast food restaurant is big enough for a little supermarket. If you have to, you can buy a healthy frozen meal and take it to a convenience store/gas station that has a microwave. They're not going to say anything about you using the microwave as long as you buy a coffee or a bottle of water or something.
As for restaurants, look for Vietnamese and Thai places. Most of their dishes are heavy on veggies and low on fat, and Vietnamese cuisine is flavorful but mild, so if you have someone with you who's not adventurous, they can find something that's mostly grilled meat and noodles or rice.
Also, look at the most common chain restaurants in the area you're visiting and identify healthy items on each of their menus. Then if someone takes you there or you can't find anything else, you can have your decision made before you walk in the door. The nutritional info you find on line may not be perfect, but it's better than going in completely blind and trying to make a good decision when you're hungry.
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When I had a secondary market, I used to buy disposable Styrofoam coolers. (I had a rental car) I’d get ice and go to the grocery store instead of restaurants. I ate breakfast in my hotel room (often hi fiber cold cereal) fruit, yogurt etc. I did cold sandwiches or wraps in standard hotels. Lots of business hotels have kitchens with stoves and microwaves.
Breakfast out is always easy with many diners offering healthy omelettes. I work all day out of a pick up truck now (I have a small service company) and if I didn’t have a cooler on the truck with healthy food I’d still be overweight. Lots of supermarkets now have ready made salads, hot soups and rotisserie chicken, or hot turkey breast ready to go in a pinch.
I google all the restaurant options and see where I can find nutrition information. National chains are more likely to have that information posted than small local places, so I tend to stick with those options. Most places have salads, which is always a safe bet as long as you avoid breaded toppings, like fried chicken, and ask for dressing on the side.
When I travel I check out the local restaurants on line before I go and look at the menus. That helps me decide which ones to select. And I always pack snacks and sometimes even breakfast food like instant oatmeal. will bring fruit as well.
My challenge with business travel wasn't so much going to restaurants as being in meetings w/food all around! It can be done and get as much exercise as you can; that helps.
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I guess our responses really depend on how you're travelling (car or plane) and where you're staying. If you drive, packing a cooler with yogurt cups, cheese, deli meats, etc and a bag with non-perishable items like portable fruits (apples, oranges, pears, bananas, etc) and nuts is easy.
If you are flying, can you check the area around the hotel where you're staying for proximity to grocery stores and restaurants? If there is a grocery close, you can pick up items upon your arrival.
You can also bring measuring tools like scales and measuring cups. Check out if your hotel room has a microwave and/or refrigerator available. Local restaurants may have nutrition information available online. You can easily plan out restaurant meals ahead of time. If the portions are huge,get a to go box right away and save half for a meal if possible.
Edited by: MLAN613 at: 10/27/2017 (17:22)
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