So last week, I had the pleasure of being able to travel to Jacksonville, FL to work for the week. I was staying in the hotel while Andres worked, so it was just like working from home like usual, but just in a different city. The big differences were there weren’t 2 cute cats bugging me all day long, and I had to pack all my food with me.
I always find that it takes quite a bit of prep and thought to make sure you eat healthy for the majority of the time when you’re traveling, but if it’s a priority in your life, you will make adjustments without questioning it. You’ll just do it.
I made a video below about what it was like when I was in the hotel to show you all the things I did. But here’s a few tips also in list form to read if you prefer.
Video of How to Eat Healthy While Staying in a Hotel
8 Tips For Eating Healthy In Your Hotel (video shows what I did specifically)
- Plan ahead before you leave (all meals and snacks). I always do this no matter where I’m going, even if I’m just going out to a friend’s house. My Dad’s voice comes in here when I recite the 6 P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. :) True for so many things in life.
- Be okay with having a more basic meal plan that might get a bit repetitive. You’re traveling so it’s not as easy as when you’re home, obviously. Be okay with that.
- Pick 1-2 meals you can make in your hotel room using only fridge, microwave, portable blender. Plain fruits and veggies are easiest. For breakfast you might have some oatmeal from the buffet with nuts and cranberries, and an orange. For lunch, you could have an avocado, a large tomato, carrots and cucumber. Smoothies are next easiest.
- Go grocery shopping just as if you were at home. Get only enough to fit in fridge. Promise yourself to eat everything before you go. That way you eat out the least amount possible.
- Bring easy snacks and tools with you in your checked luggage (portable fruit, nuts and seeds, cans of beans (don’t forget can opener!), roasted chickpeas, ground flaxseed and cocoa powder for smoothies, knife, cheap plastic cutting board, blender, blender cups, soap, sponge)
- Bring meals in mason jars and pack in luggage (salads, smoothies, soups are all portable if you pack them well (in sealed plastic bags, wrapped in soft clothes) and put them in checked baggage)
- Use Happy Cow app to find local vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants and use those when you need a break. Make sure to look for salt-, sugar- and oil-free items at these restaurants, or minimize as much as possible.
- If you have a Vitamix, bring it with you in your checked luggage! I almost always do. I am totally willing to forgo some clothes or shoes to take it with me. Priorities!