Eating right and staying active while on the road doesn’t have to be as daunting of a task as many think it to be. Follow these tips for healthy travel and you should be in good shape…pun intended!
Food on the road can pose a big problem for most. The best way to keep yourself on track is to pack some Paleo-friendly snacks to have handy. Snack that are easy and travel well include:
- Steve’s Paleo Packs
- Fruit that isn’t likely to get squished (like apples, pears, and oranges).
- Larabars (in a pinch. Don’t rely too heavily on these and make sure the flavors you choose are paleo friendly
- Kale Chips
- Plantain Chips
- Cut-up veggies (like peppers and carrots)
- *If you are traveling by car and have a cooler, hard-boiled eggs are great too
- **and don’t forget plenty of water to stay hydrated!!
If most of your meals will be at restaurants, don’t fret. You can be paleo-friendly just about anywhere. Pair a lean meat with a veggie (asparagus and broccoli can be found on just about any restaurant menu), ask that they be sautéed in either olive oil or butter (not ideal to cook with olive oil, but this will be perfect for traveling, and if sweet potatoes are on the menu, order up! Just stay away from any cream based sauces, breading and/or frying and you should be in good shape.
Quick eats from places like Moe’s and Chipotle are also great choices because they use grass-fed meats – ask for the fajita veggies, meat and guacamole and you’ve got an awesome paleo meal in less than 5 minutes!
Don’t let yourself fall into an exercise funk just because you’re hitting the road. Exercise is an integral component of good health and also helps you to sleep better and manage stress. If you’re traveling, look up local gyms in the area – most CrossFit gyms welcome visitors from out of town and many YMCAs and globo-gyms offer visitors minimal drop-in fees.
If the gym isn’t an option, you can do a Tabata workout anywhere – even in your hotel room! For those unfamiliar with the Tabata format, it is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of exercise followed by a 10 second rest. This short, high intensity interval training boosts your heart rate and your metabolism and can be done with any movement – running, squats, push-ups, jump rope, burpees, sit-ups, etc. Try doing a couple of Tabatas with different movements – you will be so glad that you did!