I used to cry on airplanes.
No joke – I was that person, sobbing into my husband’s shoulder, shaking and freaking out at every little bump.
Fear of flying has long been an issue for me. But I am proud to say this Summer I flew for the first time by myself and finally was able to travel without that awful anxiety.
One key element to overcoming this issue was the feeling of being prepared and in control.
Even if you don’t have travel anxiety, any trip can cause stress. It certainly poses a challenge when you’re tying to stick to a diet or exercise routine.
So just like I had to mentally prepare to take control of my travel anxiety, you have to prepare for and take control of your choices when traveling in order to prevent completely falling off track. (Or in my case, becoming a blubbering mess, lol.)
Doing so can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety of feeling you have to go “off plan” or worrying about indulging in too many unhealthy foods and coming back a few pounds heavier than when you left.
Whenever I am traveling I always take snacks with me to ensure I don’t go too long without eating and that am still sticking to fresh healthy foods as much as possible.
Traveling can be an issue because obviously it’s really hard to take with you something that needs to be refrigerated. If you’re flying you can’t take liquids and you don’t want to have a lot of extra baggage. So you want food that is small, easily portable, non-perishable and doesn’t need refrigerating.
The biggest challenge when you’re traveling is always going to be your protein. It’s very important to prioritize your protein first because it’ll help you stay energized, keep your blood sugar down, keep you satiated and keep you from ending up starving and running for the first fast-food place or vending machine you see.
You can’t always take a chicken breast with you whether driving or flying, so what can you do?
Favorite Travel Protein:
– Single-serve packets of tuna or salmon (I like Bumble Bee brand). The packets are great because you don’t have to drain them, there’s very little liquid. Just tear it open and eat with a fork.
– Protein powder is great on the go. Check your local supplement store for sample size individual serving packets or make your own by throwing a scoop in a plastic bag.These you can throw in a bottle of water (or even mix in with your coffee!) and drink on the run.
– The other protein that I love is Turkey Jerky. Not all Jerky’s are going to be ideal so the one I always recommend to clients is called The New Primal. It has good clean ingredients, minimal sugar, is delicious and not super spicy.
Favorite Travel Snacks:
– Nuts! These can fill you up when you’re waiting to board the plane, or driving. You can find these at the airport but I like to make my own individual portions in a plastic bag. Throw them in your purse or bag and you’re good to go.
– You can also throw oatmeal into small containers or bags in a single serving.When you get to your destination, add a little water, let it sit for like half an hour and you’re set.
– I love Larabars as they have only a few ingredients, no artificial sweeteners, no added sugar or sugar alcohols. They are literally just nuts and dates, occasionally some fruit. They are a about 200 calories per bar so they’ll keep you full and they taste good too.
– Toasted Coconut chips. These are a good alternative to potato chips. My favorite brand is Dang. They are only a couple hundred calories per pack and a yummy crunchy snack.
When you feel more in control of your choices you will have less anxiety and those good choices tend to lead to other good choices. Rather than abandoning your usual routine just because you’re away from home, you will be more likely to squeeze in a workout and avoid indulging too much.
It can definitely be hard to eat healthy when on the go but don’t let it be an excuse; it’s only an excuse if you want it to be.