Eating While Traveling

I constantly receive questions about what to eat and what not to eat. Once you begin to listen to yourself and trust that you already know what the body requires, the challenge becomes finding foods that are both accessible and practical. A variety of factors can complicate this matter, including the issue of what to eat while traveling because away from the comfort of your home kitchen, you may sometimes find yourself with limited options.

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I would like to offer some suggestions for the hungry traveler. Beginning with transportation…it is best not to leave yourself at the mercy of airplane meals or roadside food services! Perhaps treating yourself to a filling meal, whether at home or at an eatery you frequently visit, is a good way of staying full for the first leg of your travels.

For example, I often pick up a veggie burrito in town to satisfy my hunger before a long plane trip or if I’m running late and I find myself needing to eat at the airport, I’ll opt for a healthy salad with a basic vinaigrette dressing. If your options are even too limited to find salads, a plain yogurt with trail mix can also be satisfying. Trail mixes vary greatly, so be sure that you bring mixes from home or find mixes from companies you recognize and trust.

I also pack a laptop sized case with a variety of the following products:

  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruits
  • Shakeology
  • Greens Powder
  • Vegan Protein Powder
  • Enzymes
  • Handmade Individual Trail Mixes
  • Himalayan Salts (to add to filtered water)
  • Raw Food Bars or Good Nutritious Bars
  • Probiotics

**If you’re traveling out of the country remember to stay informed and be aware of the water quality in the region. Avoid fruits that cannot be peeled, raw vegetables or anything that could be contaminated by poor local water quality! (Under these conditions bananas and oranges are often safe and available options for fresh snacks.)

Even with all of these preparations, eating while traveling can still be difficult. Regardless of the challenges one faces in the search for healthy foods outside of the home, do not be discouraged if you slip up on your diet. Each day is a new day and a couple unhealthy meals shouldn’t discourage you from your greater goal of living a healthy, balanced life!

I wish you all a happy and healthy journey!

Darin Olien

4 Comments

  1. Mike Thompson says:

    I always pack Shakeology in my carry on bag going through airports. I can shake it up in my shaker cup or sometimes have gotten smoothie places to blend it up for me as well. I always give them a shout out on FB or something when they do. I also pack snacks like whey protein, walnuts or almonds, granola with cranberries, and even pack beef jerky sometimes so I don’t get caught in a spot with no good choices. They work in a pinch, but nothing works like my Shakeology! LOVE IT!!!

    • Jennwith2ns says:

      Having an immersion blender you can easily pack (which I do!) is helpful, too. 🙂 If you’re in New England, Ocean State Job Lot currently sells one for 10 bucks, and it actually works!

  2. Jerry Dougherty says:

    My weekend days are often filled with my daughters dance competitions. These can last all day and somethimes throughout the weekend. Dried and fresh fruits, nuts and seeds and of course Shakeology can sustain me all day.

  3. Cassandra Rozycki Petersen says:

    Even if you don’t travel a lot, there are some great food ideas for people on the go. As a mom of 2 preschoolers, I always try to bring along healthy food choices so I don’t cave in and stuff myself with tempting, but not so good snacks or foods. The kids appreciate it too!

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