Sarah travels for business almost every week. She is constantly traveling to meet with clients across the country. Because of her hectic travel schedule, she has a hard time maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her meals mostly consist of unhealthy dinner meetings with clients and fast food on the go. She rarely has time to exercise or think of taking time to take care of herself. However, before an upcoming conference, Sarah came up with a plan for this trip that supported her intentions of getting healthy: to make at least one healthy meal choice each day; to get a healthy night’s rest each night; and to be prepared so she was not tempted by unhealthy foods.
Many of us travel on a regular basis, but don’t consider what actions we might take towards a healthier return home. There are many other ideas out there, but these tips make it easy, and sometimes even fun, to stay healthy on your next trip:
1. Change your Mindset
By creating a mindset of making healthy choices, you will begin to feel like a winner. You will not only feel better about yourself but you will want to continue making healthy choices. While traveling, choose to eat at least one healthy meal each day, and when eating your other meals, do not let yourself feel guilty about your choices. Instead, enjoy every morsel. Sarah allowed her self to enjoy what she was eating during her conference, but knew that she would also need to be active during her trip. Her plan made her feel like she was in control and winning. As a result, Sarah felt great while she was traveling and actually enjoyed the healthy choices, realizing how delicious healthy food tastes!
2. Be Prepared
When you feel hungry, being prepared will give you the option to decide what you really want, instead of going straight to the junk food because you don’t have a choice. Be sure to always have some healthy snacks with you while traveling and in meetings. Sarah had plenty of almonds, an apple and protein bars in her bag so that she could always have a healthy snack within her reach. It is easy to be prepared if you consciously decide to do so before you leave town.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
It is true that at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day are necessary for a healthy body to function; in fact, it is best to have one half ounce of water for each pound you weigh. For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds actually needs 75 ounces of water each day. Sometimes meetings provide bottled water, but if that is not your situation, buy a small case of water or bring along a container to fill as you walk out the door each day. This way you are staying hydrated and not drinking sodas.
Try not to over schedule your days. If your business trip takes you into a different time zone, try to plan your flight so that you have a little extra time to adjust. Retire early some nights so that you can refresh your body. Sleeping in a hotel may be challenging for some people, so take a break from the TV; you will sleep better and feel more rested if the TV stays off. There are several great ways to induce sleep if noise or different surroundings prevent you from a good night’s rest: stop all caffeine by late afternoon, limit alcohol consumption, use earplugs or create quiet noise in your hotel room with mobile phone apps or a portable sound machine.
5. Make Good Restaurant Choices
There are many simple, healthy choices you can make while eating in restaurants anywhere in the world. Grilled or baked foods are always healthier than fried. Choosing to eat a green salad each day will help you feel better. Request sauces on the side, so you can decide if it tastes good and how much you want. Making healthy choices can be fun: by choosing a glass of wine instead of a margarita you are making a healthier choice. It can be challenging to make healthy choices while traveling, so intend to make some good choices each day, and intend to splurge as well. Never feel guilty about any of your choices. If it is not as good as you hoped or expected, choose not to finish it. If your meal is better than you expected, enjoy it!
Business trips can be challenging. With a little planning for healthier choices, you can support your health and return home feeling great instead of sluggish or exhausted. You will be grateful for your healthier decisions and feel radiantly healthy from the inside out.
About the Author
Adele Good is a speaker, author, wellness coach and founder of The Skinny on The Skinny, a company specializing in personal health improvements and empowerment. With over 20 years of training and speaking experience, Adele helps groups and individuals maximize their inner strengths and potential. She has personally and naturally released over 130 pounds, without surgery, drugs or dieting using the concept of being Radiantly Healthy from the inside out. Adele has maintained this significant weight loss for over 3 years, in spite of traveling over 100 days each year. When you feel Radiantly Healthy, you actually feel a healthy glow; knowing every part of you, can be healthy, if you believe it. Writing from this knowledge, Adele is the author of The Skinny Diary – Your Guide to Radiant Health. To find out more about her speaking and coaching, please visit www.TheSkinnyOnTheSkinny.com, email her at Adele@TheSkinnyOnTheSkinny.com or call 214-526-7770.
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