What I ate while traveling for work

Posted June 15, 2014 in travel, work, healthy eating, health, healthy living, fitness, food, eat, traveling, Sweet Success

Traveling is, by far, the hardest time to stay healthy. You have very little control over what you'll be eating, you may not have time to workout and long flights or drives can leave you tired and craving unhealthy foods.

I took a quick trip to Pittsburg, Kansas for a conference for work late last week. 

I decided to plan ahead a bit so that I could stick to my healthy routine during this trip. I packed my workout clothes, threw a couple Clif Mojo bars in my purse and took along a Synergy kombucha. Normally I would pack a lot more healthy snacks, but this was a very fast trip. We left Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and returned Friday evening at 11:30 p.m. So I didn't think I needed to bring along tons of stuff.

When I travel, I try to make healthy choices most of the time, but indulge in regional foods or foods I don't eat often.

Before we left Thursday morning, I ate my usual healthy muesli - oats, chia seeds, goji berries, cinnamon, almond milk, blueberries and almond butter. I also got in a quick workout before the long drive to Kansas (8 hours!).

For the first half of our drive, I sipped on my kombucha. Then we stopped in Syracuse, NE for lunch at a French-style pizza place. I'm not sure what made the pizza French because it tasted like regular pizza. Our group of 10 ordered three pizzas that we shared. I requested a non-meat version when I heard everyone getting excited about the bratwurst pizza. Luckily, they obliged and ordered the vegetarian, which had broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes on it. But pizza is pizza, it's cheesy and carby. I had two slices.

Later that afternoon I had one of my Clif Mojo bars. 

We arrived in Pittsburg, checked into our hotel and headed right to the social hour welcoming us to the conference. I had a glass of white wine and skipped the appetizers.

Dinner was an organized event at Barto's Idle Hour Chicken House. I guess fried chicken is a big thing in southern Kansas, and this place was featured on the Food Network at one time. The menu featured a grilled chicken breast, but I decided to indulge in the food the region is famous for. 

I also had a few bites of the appetizers the group ordered - 2 onion rings and 2 pieces of fried cauliflower. For my entree, I ended up eating 1/2 baked potato, a side salad with Italian dressing and most of one fried chicken breast.

We then headed to a downtown bar for karaoke where I had one beer.

I set my alarm for 5 a.m. the following morning so that I could workout, but when my alarm buzzed I wasn't feeling it. I talked myself out of heading to the hotel fitness center and tried to convince myself to do yoga in my room. But I was exhausted. I decided to stay in bed until I had to get up at 6 a.m. to get ready for the day. We had to be in the lobby at 7 a.m. to head to the conference. After I woke up and got going, I was mad at myself for skipping my workout. Especially since we were going to be sitting ALL day.

Breakfast was beautiful on the patio at the house of the president of Pittsburg State University. I had a piece of vegetable quiche, a small apple cinnamon scone, some fresh fruit and coffee.

Lunch was catered by the on-campus dining services and served outside, which was great because it was beautiful outside. I had a salad, a piece of whole wheat bread, a small scoop of chicken salad, fresh fruit and a piece of chocolate cake. I was impressed with the healthy options (and impressed with the delicious cake).

After a day of conference sessions, we were back on the road. We stopped in Kansas City for dinner - Panera to go. I had the new Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Sandwich, which was pretty good (and 350 cals).

I snacked on some chocolate covered raisins that I picked up at a gas station on the way home.

I definitely consumed more calories each day then I do on a normal day, but I didn't feel like I ate too much or made terrible choices. I could have done without the fried apps on Thursday night though! 

It's always hard to eat enough fresh produce while traveling, but on this trip I felt good about all the fruits and veggies I ate. I also drank tons of water! I usually get pretty dehydrated while traveling, so I made sure to drink at least 80 ounces of water each day. (Take your weight and cut it in half and that's how much water you should drink in ounces. I weigh 145 pounds, so I need 72.5 oz. of water each day + more when I work out).

The day after I got back, I made sure to get right back on track by eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water and working out. I even made turmeric shots to improve my digestion after eating differently for a couple of days. I'll share the recipe later!

How do you stay healthy when traveling?

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