Eating on-the-go, whether you are on the road for business or enjoying European holidays, can be a difficult task. Although the temptation and convenience of fast food provides an alternative, the adverse effects of fast food can add up to weight gain and health problems should you indulge regularly. Instead of giving in to the lure of fast or convenience foods, you can eat healthily while on the road for business by preparing your own foods or taking advantage of more healthful self catering options. Incorporate these tips to help you maintain your health and keep healthy eating a simple task.
Grocery Stores Instead of Fast Food Places
Whether you’re driving across country on the expressway or from one end of town to another, you’re likely to pass by a few grocery stores. Most of the chain grocery stores have fresh, fix-it-yourself salad bars or ready-made meals at the deli counter. Avoid unhealthy fast food by going to the grocery store instead. Make yourself a salad at the salad bar with a variety of fresh vegetables, some chicken or hard-boiled egg for protein and low- or fat-free dressing. If the salad bar offers soup, choose one with a broth base instead of cream. If you opt for a sandwich instead, have the deli make it on whole grain bread with a lean meat, such as turkey or chicken, and mustard instead of mayonnaise.
Pack a Cooler
When heading out on the road for the day you can maintain a healthy diet by preparing your meals at home and bringing them along in a cooler. The easiest way to do this is to prepare extra helpings when cooking meals and placing the leftovers in disposable plastic containers. You can also pack sandwiches, salads or bring a thermos full of soup. Pack enough meals to cover you for the day so you’ve got the energy you need to conduct your business before calling it a day.
Carry Healthy Snacks
Having healthy snacks available can make the difference between giving in to the temptation of fast food or having the willpower to abstain. Carry healthy snacks to stave off hunger between meals. Not only does this increase your energy level it also helps you stay mentally focused, which is vital in business. Fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables and protein-based snacks are most effective for keeping you fuelled and satisfied. Bring snack-sized bags of almonds, peanuts or snack mixes that contain various nuts, seeds and dried fruit. When eating these types of snacks remember the portion size is much smaller. One tablespoon to one ounce is typical. If you feel you need to eat more, fresh fruits or vegetables are a better choice.
When Fast Food is the Only Option
If you’ve forgotten to pack food or snacks and can’t find a grocery store to save your life, fast food restaurants might be your only option. In this case, stick to salads with oil and vinegar dressings, broth-based soup, or simple burgers without cheese and other toppings. Skip the mayonnaise and other sauces, and choose water to drink or diet soda. If you’re careful about your selection, you can eat fast food once in a while without horrific consequences.
Many challenges can be faced when you’re on the road for business on a regular basis. Compromising your health shouldn’t be one of them. The extra effort you make to eat healthily during European holidays or while on a business trip will pay provide you with the benefit of good health and weight maintenance. Coupled with regular exercise, you can lead a healthy lifestyle on the road.