Business trips aren’t the easiest time to eat healthy. From fast food restaurants to the vending machines whispering your name at two in the morning, healthy eating and business trips are words that seem antonymous: grabbing a burger and fries is so much easier and quicker than aimlessly searching organic food stores for wheat grass and brown rice.
It doesn’t have to be like this. Eating healthy on the road may not be as convenient as filling your stomach with fats and sweets, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely inconvenient. All it takes is a little planning on your part, and the health will come to you.
Stock the Refrigerator
Most hotel rooms have refrigerators, as tiny as they may be. Taking an hour, going to the supermarket, and buying healthy food items to keep on hand is a great way to stay away from unhealthy food. Stocking your fridge with lunchmeat, low fat mayo, yogurt, and skim milk will allow you to eat healthy conveniently.
If your hotel room does not have a refrigerator, stocking the closet full of items that don‘t require refrigeration — such as wheat crackers, bread, peanut butter, jelly, granola, bagels, and fruit — is also a great way of bringing health to you in a convenient manner.
Order Grilled or Baked
Your taste buds may thank you for ordering fried or fatty, but your cholesterol and blood pressure will thank you for ordering grilled or baked. As it turns out, it’s the cholesterol and blood pressure you really want to impress. Whether ordering room service or ordering at an all-night diner, request dishes that aren’t saturated in a vat of ill health. Hire baked chicken and grilled salmon; fire the fried chicken and breaded pork shops.
Ask for Substitutions
It may seem more convenient and more appetizing to simply order fries along with your burger. After all, French fries and hamburgers are the ideal duo of culinary creations. Part of eating healthy is making sacrifices: those French fries must be sacrificed for something less fattening. Try substituting them for cottage cheese, fruit, or a side salad. Even if substitutions aren’t advertised on the menu, chances are the restaurant will accommodate you. Saying you’re a lawyer who is highly allergic to potatoes might help.