When I'm Traveling, Where Am I Staying? How Will This Impact My Food Choices?

Eating while on the go can be stressful enough, but what happens when we arrive at our destination? Are we staying at a family member or friend’s house? A hotel? An AirBnB?

From this we can determine whether we have the ability to cook our meals, if someone else will be cooking our meals or if we will mainly be eating out at restaurants.

If you wish to stay on track while traveling, whether for work or for fun, the most important aspect is to be consistent. If while at home, you always eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, and then dinner, aim to eat in that same pattern while you are away.

Traveling in general can be stressful not only mentally, but physically as well. Our digestive systems survive and function properly based off of consistency and reliability. If we randomly decide to skip meals, eat extra large or fewer meals, and eat foods we don’t regularly consume, you are destined to see irregularities in your digestive pattern.

  • If you have the access and time to cook all your own meals while you are away, fantastic! Hit the grocery store and grab some of the usual foods you eat while at home.

  • If someone else is cooking your meals for you, don’t be afraid to be picky or bring some of your own additions with you. Add veggies if none are being offered, ask for leaner meats, and most importantly control your portion sizes!

  • If you are planning to eat out while traveling, the goal here is to find balance. Balance healthy dishes with occasional treats to enjoy your trip but also stay on track. Make sure your dish includes at least one vegetable and a protein source (meat, fish, tofu), and be aware of toppings which add up calorically or contain large amounts of fat such as guacamole, sour cream, cheese, sauces, butters, etc.

If getting a salad, ask for the dressing on the side and add some chicken or another protein to the dish!

As always, enjoy your travels but remember that your goals are still to be relevant even while you’re away. As is with all things, find balance.

Be prepared and have a plan!

Your C5 Nutrition Coach,