If you’re hitting the road, whether it’s traveling for work or pleasure, one thing you might be experiencing is a good dose of anxiety.
‘How will you ever stick to your diet plan?’… you wonder as the anxiety continues to grow.
While you’re at home in your own territory, you have all your meals planned and prepped, ready to go.
But now you’re venturing into a time where you won’t have your kitchen readily available and may not even know what each day will bring.
The best way to stay on track? Make sure you have a good game plan going in.
If you fail to plan for this, you’ll be planning to fail, as the saying goes. Let’s go over four ways that you can plan ahead so that you see success.
Pre-Pack Frozen Foods
The first thing you might consider is actually preparing your normal meals as you always would but freezing them first before you leave.
For instance, if you typically eat grilled chicken, brown rice, and vegetables, these can freeze quite easily for taking with you on the go.
The great thing about this is if you’re flying, you can pack them in your bag frozen and by the time you’ve arrived at your destination, they’ll just be thawing out and ready to eat.
There are a great many different dishes you can pre-cook ahead, so give this some consideration before thinking you have to eat out the entire trip.
Consider Non-Perishable Items
Likewise, you’ll also want to consider bringing some non-perishable items.
Pop-top canned tuna, low sodium beef jerky, whey protein powder, nut butters, and raw nuts all work great as on-the-go fuel sources that don’t need to be kept in the fridge.
Likewise, you can also bring along some fruit options as well such as oranges, apples, grapes, or bananas.
Allocate One ‘Treat’ Meal Per Day
When you have reached your destination, think ahead and plan for one ‘treat’ meal each day.
Chances are, especially if you are on holidays, you’ll want to indulge a little so expecting complete diet adherence may be pushing things just a little too far.
This way, you can still treat yourself occasionally, while eating right the rest of the time.
Pick one meal and then try as best as possible to eat properly on all the others.
If you can, call ahead and try and book a hotel room that offers a kitchenette so that you can reheat the food you brought, or perhaps do a little cooking.
If you can get a full kitchen during your stay, even better. This will make it as easy as possible to eat just how you would at home.
Scout Out Healthy Restaurants
Finally, make sure that you take the time before your trip to scout out a few healthy restaurants.
Most restaurants now have menu’s online, so you can quickly find a few foods that will work optimally for your diet plan.
Remember to never be shy while dining out to request a few changes made to the menu as well.
Most restaurants are easily able to accommodate.
So there you have a few smart tips and tricks to maintain your diet plan even while traveling. While it will take a little effort on your part, it’s by no means impossible.