Every September-November as an Admissions Counselor is travel season. We’re on the road visiting high schools, speaking at college fairs, and meeting interested students and their families all around the country. During those couple months it is honestly hard to stay on track with nutrition and exercise because your schedule varies day to day, you’re eating out or at weird times of the day, and are just not in a routine. This past year I decided that I was going to make a point to not eat fast food, and stay really on track with my meal plans. It took a bit more planning but in the end I would give myself a 9 out of 10 overall! It was so nice to end that season not feeling bloated or gross (even though you do feel exhausted!) Here are some of the trips that helped me when I was on the road every day:
Stop at the store: It may take a bit more planning or an extra stop, but stocking up on fresh fruits, veggies, and snacks was a lifesaver. Being on planes or in the car for hours always gives me the munchies so having options on hand that would fuel me instead of just being a quick sugar crash helped A LOT. Some of my favorites were the fresh veggie, pretzel, and hummus lunches, hard-boiled eggs (from the deli), and fresh veggie spring rolls. Also, I would grab options to have back in my hotel room if I knew I wouldn’t have breakfast at the hotel. Most hotels come with mini-fridges and microwaves as well so it’s easy to make your own food.
Starbucks: I’m not a coffee drinker at all (I know, it’s crazy) but I love Starbucks when I travel because you can literally always find one and they have some great grab and go options that are healthy as well (Below is their “Protein Box” and the best coconut water EVER!) I would usually stop there for a lunch or mid-afternoon snack. During my dozens of coffee meetings with students and families, I would opt for an unsweetened green tea or a lemon water.
Shakeology packets: Seriously a lifesaver– I pre-measured from a bag and kept them in a ziploc or brought the little packets and kept them in my purse! There were times that I didn’t have time to eat between running to meetings, so I’d keep a big water bottle in the car and shake it up on the go. It kept me full, energized, and my system regular despite traveling. Fastest lunch around!
Hotel Breakfasts: I always try to stay at hotels with a free breakfast. Instead of going for the pastry case like I did in the past, I alternated with eggs and fruit or oatmeal with cinnamon, walnuts, and just a little bit of milk. It kept me full, I didn’t get a sugar crash, and had a strong start to the day.
Hotel workouts : The hotels I stayed at didn’t have a huge gym area and I was in meetings most of the day so wasn’t able to go on a run. I used Beachbody on Demand to stream my workouts and did ones like PiYo that don’t require any equipment. It felt really good to set aside at least 20 minutes a day to stretch and strengthen my body after sitting in meetings all day or standing behind a table for three hours at a college fair.
I hope this helps you a bit with planning. It does take a bit of pre-thinking, but after being on the road for almost two months straight, I felt so much better this year that it was TOTALLY worth it!