- Pack snacks and drinks – Your body needs energy/calories to work efficiently. In my traveling experiences, sleep was hard to come by and I was on-the-go from the time I woke up until I went to sleep. Providing the body with a constant [external] source of energy so it doesn’t have to tap into its own reserves is very important and very pro-metabolic (well, this pertains to any situation). Fruit, dried fruit, cheese, carbonated water, orange juice, coconut water, milk, cane-sugar soda, and carrots all make great, nutritious, and easy grab-n-go snacks to keep yourself energized and hydrated. Keep a small cooler and/or a small bag in your car or to carry around.
- Make grocery store runs or pit-stops – These babies will always have fresh food and produce, and will always be much cheaper than any eatery or convenience store. Check out eatwild.com and livingharvest.com for a list of nearby organics.
- Use Google Maps to your advantage – Whenever you get to a new city or area, whip out your Google Maps and search a few of the following key words to weigh your options: Organic, Co-op, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Grocery, Market, or Produce.
- Ask for food to be prepped in butter – Many restaurants use crappy/spoiled vegetable oils to cook their foods, but they most likely have a stash of butter lying around somewhere. Using butter will ensure than you’re not exposed to trans fats or any rancid oils because butter has a high saturated fat content, which is highly stable to heat and pressure.
- Ask for food to not be heated in a microwave – Microwaves pretty much kills off any nutritional value the food once yielded and can create carcinogens within the food. This is no bueno. Food can be heated on the stove top or, if you want to get nuts, just ask for it cold. Side dishes tend to be prepped in a microwave so keep that in mind.
- Look at the menu before you go out - If you know where you’re going to eat, save some time and alleviate some pressure by checking out the menu online to get a sense of what you’d like to order/eat. Ever go to a restaurant and are the last to order because you don’t know what you want, then you order for the sake of ordering and end up not getting what you really wanted because you felt rushed? It happens and planning ahead can negate any “poor food” choices.
- Don’t go overboard – It’s hard to be perfect when you’re dining out or traveling. And even if you are “perfect,” how the hell is that an enjoyable life? Enjoy the fruits, but also put them into perspective with your overall goals, wants, needs, and happiness.