Eating well while traveling.

I'm an admissions recruiter so I spend the majority of my time either sitting at a desk or travelling around the country for college fairs. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to maintain my eating habits from home while I'm on the road. I don't always have the ability to carry a cooler full of snacks, a fridge in my hotel room, or even time to stop and eat something wholesome.

Tips, tricks of the trade? I'd really appreciate some insight.


  • Raynne413
    Raynne413 Posts: 1,527 Member
    I wish I could be of more help. My only advice is to do as much research as you can about what is available in the areas you are traveling. I try to find restaurants in an area that have nutrition information available online, and then use that to decide what I will order.
  • corinic91
    corinic91 Posts: 148 Member
    It's pretty cliched (and insanely marketed), but Subways really are available almost everywhere, and you can make smart choices to keep your meals balanced and low-cal. Other than that, just know that stopping through the drive-through doesn't necessarily mean you're failing. You can make smart choices anywhere, just do your best to look up information before you order, before it's too late and you've consumed hundreds of unnecessary calories.
  • ang82much
    ang82much Posts: 30 Member
    Posting in sympathy..... I'm travelling next week too with conferences and meetings and evening dinners. All my meals are organised by others, and it's going to be tough. One thing you can control is the volume you eat. I'm going to sneak to the supermarket and get some veggie snacks to take with me instead of the morning and afternoon 'coffee' breaks, and then just eat a small portion of what's put in front of me. It's going to take a fair bit of willpower because normally I like to gobble everything up. Also the time zone is 3hr behind here so dinner at 8pm will be like eating at 11pm and I normally eat around 5pm at home.... anyway, control what you can and don't worry about what you can't!
  • parkscs
    parkscs Posts: 1,639 Member
    I work long hours and eat out a lot because... well, usually because I'm feeling tired and lazy, heh. In general, don't be afraid to make substitutions. I have yet to have a restaurant tell me they won't substitute out a rich side like fries for a green vegetable - just ask nicely with a smile. Skipping the bread with dinner is another easy way to shave off some calories. For breakfast at a place like McDonald's, you can simply order a side of scrambled eggs (it's 2 eggs per order I believe) and pair that with something like a parfait.

    Aside from that, I've found intermittent fasting to be very helpful. If you only eat 1 large meal per day paired with perhaps a small meal or snack, you can actually eat a pretty rich dinner because you're consuming most of your calories for the day with that meal. This is helpful if you know you're going to a restaurant where you're going to want to eat a big meal, e.g., a steakhouse.