Traveling for work can be challenging for many reasons. The number one issue we hear about is how to eat healthfully while in a different city when it seems the only options are fast food or sub-par hotel dine-in menus. So what can we do to combat unhealthy food options when it comes to travelling? The answer is simple but does take a little more effort than running through the drive through (although if you’re going to literally run through the drive through go right ahead!) or ordering room service. It merely takes a bit of planning and a little research.
In the age of the internet where copious amounts of information is available on just about everything it’s a good idea to take a moment to see what’s around you when you arrive to your new city. One of our favorite ways to do this is to take a walk around the vicinity of the hotel you’re staying in. It’s prudent to talk to the concierge or front desk person to see what you should check out and what direction to go. Walking around your hotel is a great way to get some exercise, especially after a day of travelling, while you check out the local establishments.
Once back in the hotel you can take advantage of the wifi in your room or the available office area to search for potential restaurants that suit your needs with the added benefit of reviews. You can peruse menu options for a variety of places as well find a grocery store to stock up on some healthy snacks for your room. You don’t want to find yourself bingeing on late night cable TV with no healthy snacks and be tempted to grab that $20 container of 4 macadamia nuts! A few ideas of items to keep in your room are apples, carrots, raw unsalted nuts, bananas, or other self-contained fruits and veggies that won’t spoil.
With a minimal amount of research you’ll find it easy to enjoy healthy meals while you travel for work. Remember to stay hydrated as it is easy to forget to drink water when on the go. Throw in some in-room exercise or make use of the hotel’s fitness area and the trip will have been beneficial for both your job and your body. Take care of yourself and your body will take care of you.