Eating Healthy on the Road

In just a few days now I’ll be headed to the airport, flying down to Nashville, for the Blissdom blogging conference. And with being gone for three and a half days, it does bring along some challenges to my otherwise healthy eating habits.

When I went last year, I was lucky enough to room with Katie of Kitchen Stewardship. She brought lots of fun goodies like the power bars from her ebook “Healthy Snacks to Go“, and even some raw cheese. So when the meals were a touch lacking, I got to snack on super healthy foods when I got hungry.

airplane in the sky

photo credit: smemon

This year I’m flying (can’t bring food along), and Katie isn’t going! So I’m really going to be on my own when it comes to searching out whole foods to eat.

It’s tough trying to decide what to eat and what not to eat when food is supplied in such great numbers!

I’m not going to have a car, so I can’t easily leave the hotel. And the restaurants in the hotel get really pricey if you eat all your meals “out” and not at the conference.

So how do you do it?

My thinking is this:

  • I’ll focus on the least processed foods available
  • Get fresh foods in when possible (salads, fruit, etc)
  • Bring a few of my supplements to fill holes (prenatal, cod liver oil, probiotics)
  • Avoid desserts and sweets (I tend to start “bingeing” when I eat them)
  • Continue to eat gluten-free (they have GF options this year)
  • Choose a restaurant for dinner that serves mainly whole foods (and eat my fill!)
  • and if I can find the time, I’ll make some healthier trail mix (to put in my checked bag) to bring along for snacks.
  • I’ll also be able to chart my nutritional intake on Fertility Flower, my favorite charting software, so that I can leave as few holes in my food intake as possible. (I recently teamed up with Fertility Flower to compile a list of 10 nutritional guidelines for healthy eating. These are added into the daily charts!)
  • Most of all, I’ll not stress about what I’m eating in the short-term. Stress is a worse toxin than a few processed foods.

How do you do it when you travel?

What advice do you have for those of us trying to eat whole foods, but relying on others for most of our meals?

 

My trip is sponsored by Fertility Flower

FertilityFlower.com is a cutting edge online ovulation calendar, offering fertility monitoring using the natural and science-based sympto-thermal method. They have been featured in The Stir, Pregnancy and Baby, and About.com.  We have teamed up with FertilityFlower.com and have contributed a Nutritional Healing menu to their list of trackers, helping to make it the most comprehensive ovulation calendar available. The software tracks, not only ovulation, but also your overall lifestyle. It can be used both to promote and to avoid pregnancy in the most natural way possible.

 



Donielle Baker

Donielle Baker

owner and editor of Natural Fertility and Wellness at Natural Fertility and Wellness
Donielle is an author, amateur herbalist, lover of real food, and an advocate for natural health. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health, so much so that she is currently taking courses to become a master herbalist. Her personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and she began this blog in order to share all of the information she found helpful in her journey to healing.
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Comments

  1. Welcome back to my hometown! I wrote a post last year when my husband and I flew to New Zealand with some tips on healthy eating when traveling (http://www.laurelofleaves.com/2011/02/healthy-eating-while-traveling/)
    Also, if you have a chance to venture out with someone else that DOES have a car, you must eat at The Silly Goose in East Nashville! My all-time favorite restaurant that uses local ingredients. (www.sillygoosenashville.com)

  2. sounds like a fun trip! can’t wait to hear about the things you learn. :)

    does the airline you are flying with not allow you to bring snacks/foods on board with you? i always, always bring homemade snacks and various foods with me in my carry-on or purse, and it’s never been an issue on any airlines. i know you’re limited to semi-nonperishable items, but you could definitely bring fruit, some gluten-free snacks, nuts, etc.

    if you aren’t able to do that, darn!

    hope you have a great time!

  3. I don’t know if you can bring a checked bag or not, but when my husband went on a business trip last summer, I cooked several meals ahead of time. Some that needed to be warmed up (we checked to see that his hotel room would have a microwave and fridge beforehand), but many that could be eaten cold (like stromboli, a delicious pizza-sandwich thing). Then I freezed them in individual portions and packed them in his checked bag. I also sent snack foods like peeled, hard boiled eggs, trail mix, homemade granola bars, muffins (for breakfast), even a jar of yogurt (sealed into a ziploc bag in case it broke!). He was able to eat muffins, yogurt and granola bars for breakfast, cold finger foods for lunch (cheese, nitrate free lunch meat, cold, cooked chicken, chicken salad…) and hot, microwaveable food for dinner (shepherd’s pie, chicken soup). We don’t own a microwave and usually steer clear of them, but it was a trade off we were willing to make to A.) help him keep eating healthy, homemade food which he prefers anyway, and B.) save money when we had next to none. If it were me, I would also bring some kimchi and Bubbie’s pickles to get my ferments in. And since most of the food was frozen, it stayed cold until he got to his hotel. And the things that weren’t frozen (boiled eggs, cheese…) were just fine.

    He was very, very happy with how it all worked out, even though it meant he had to eat the same few meals for four days straight. But my husband’s favorite food is always homemade and he would prefer to never eat out if he didn’t have to, so it could be that this works for us, but it might not for somebody else.

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