I’m traveling next week for a conference and I’m starting to plan how I’m going to eat healthy and fit exercise in. It’s definitely a challenge when my schedule is not my own and I feel like I’m at the mercy of others. Last week I blogged on how to go out and enjoy a meal without going crazy. It’s a little different when all meals will be eaten out for a week and you don’t have access to a kitchen.
I have packed some healthy snacks: nuts, clean protein bars, low-fat & low sugar granola, and oatmeal. Even though I am not really familiar with the area I know that I can usually order salads, grilled fish or chicken and such. If the choices aren’t that stellar I’ll make the best of what they do have and stick with smaller portions.
I look for local markets to stock up fresh fruit and Greek yogurt but in a pinch I have been known to ask the restaurant of the hotel I’m staying in if I can buy a piece of fruit from them. They are always glad to help out.
I’ll do a little more research to see what restaurants are in the area but I know that I’ll end up in a group and eating with others. Having some sort of plan before I go makes me feel more in control and able to make good choices along the way. Having snacks will keep me from grabbing what ever happens to look good.
The hours for the conference are long, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., but I know fitting in at least walks on my break will keep me sane. I’ve also packed an exercise band and my yoga paws – they slide on your hands and feet so you can have the stickiness of a yoga mat without having to carry a mat. I can use a towel from the hotel so I’m not laying on the floor. The hotel has a gym and I’ve checked online and found a park nearby so if I’m up early I can go for a run.
Having plans in place to stay healthy make me feel empowered and they get me out of the “how am I going to fit this in” mindset. Now I’m thinking :”great! let’s see where I can schedule this in.” Subtle but it gives the power to me rather than my schedule.
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