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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Making Healthier Choices While On The Road - Executive Leadership Articles

Tips For The Traveling Executive: Making Healthier Choices While On The Road

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Making Healthier Choices While On The Road

Business trips can be a strain on anyone who has struggled to habituate healthy behavior: in addition to a schedule often dictated by circumstances or other people’s needs, the stress of travel itself often results in hasty dining decisions where convenience and availability are the deciding factors. Add to that the often adventurous tone travel in a new city takes, and you also add the temptation to chuck hard-earned habits out the door in favor of decadent recommendations seen on the Travel Channel or at the top of Yelp’s ratings.

The I’m-on-vacation mentality might work once in a while, especially during actual, hard-earned vacation time with the family, but the frequent business traveler who has established a routine for taking care of accommodations, travel, and packing can establish a routine for eating like a healthy pro with just a few decisions made ahead of time. Here are a few tips from the experts.

Know what your healthier options are.
If arrangements have been made by someone else, know what your healthier options are. When dining in a steakhouse, for example, Men’s Health magazine (http://www.menshealth.com/travel-center/survive-steakhouse-dinner) advises sirloin over ribeye, as it is the leanest cut you will find on the menu, cautioning also to keep cuts to 9 ounces or fewer. Watch your sides, too: a baked potato without toppings is likely to add 500 calories to your meal, while “even a huge scoop of mashed potatoes” is unlikely to go over 250 calories.

Pack snacks ahead of time.
Packing snacks ahead of time can improve your travel experience. In an article by Mark Johanson in the International Business Times (http://www.ibtimes.com/hey-business-traveler-heres-how-stay-healthy-road-1352771) dietician Michelle Dudash recommends dark chocolate for decreasing stress, or complex carbohydrates (found in fruit and whole grain granola) for boosting one’s mood. Bringing along your own snacks also gives you more control over your behavior when trays of pastries and muffins are laid out on the snack table for those lengthy meetings.

Watch what you drink, too.
For meetings, Lori Rice in USA Today (http://traveltips.usatoday.com/eat-healthy-traveling-business-1476.html) suggests coffee, tea, or water over carbonated beverages, even over juices or artificially sweetened drinks: “You can save hundreds of calories throughout your day by sipping on a non-calorie drink such as sparkling water instead of a soft drink.” Similar advice is given for those post-meeting gatherings for cocktails.

Order it the way you want it.
Carol Margolis advises in Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive & Travel with Confidence (Morgan James Publishing, 2012) that the healthy business traveler ask for modifications to offerings on the menu, such as half the meat and twice the vegetables in a stir-fry, or grilled preparations of lean proteins rather than sautéing, pan-frying, or breading. “Most restaurant chefs,” she says, “including those in hotels, are more than happy to accommodate.”

It’s all in the planning.
With not much more forethought than is put into a packing list or travel itinerary, the frequent business traveler can reduce the tempting pitfalls or unpleasant default options that present themselves at seemingly every turn. You would never leave your lodging up to chance, and there’s no need, if healthier living is your goal, to leave your dining up to chance either.

 

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