Eating Right on the Road

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The fast pace of today’s lifestyle is one that has us on the go 24 hours a day and people are left with no choice but to wait anxiously for the weekend in order to get a much needed break. Oftentimes, our packed schedules do not allow for us to have breakfast at home. In such a situation, shedding weight and keeping a toned body can be difficult.

Over the years our body’s needs change, and we must pay more attention to the food we consume. Being on the go can make it difficult to plan our meals in a way that takes our health needs into consideration. But there are some pre-planning meals and snacks, you can enjoy when you are away from home in order to keep you on track.

Eating on the road does not only mean consuming junk foods. Chips, burgers and fried foods are delicious to eat, but do not contribute to good health. Consuming these junk foods will make you feel tired and bloated and does nothing for your nutritional needs. Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It is therefore very important to eat nutritious foods to start your day.

Avoiding excesses of sugar, oil and carbohydrates is vital. Excessive intake of refined sugar can make a person groggy. Many commercially produced breakfast cereals contain loads of these sugars. You can include omelets, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, skim milk and whole fruit juices at breakfast as healthier options. These foods can be found just about anywhere your travels take you.

Health experts suggest that eating a healthy and balanced diet will help you to maintain or lose weight. But do you know exactly what a healthy diet is?  The basic components of a healthy diet include the right amounts of:

  • Pure water
  • Protein (present in nuts, fish, and beans)
  • Complex carbohydrates (present in vegetables, fruits, whole grain pasta, whole grain cereals, whole grain rice, beans, etc.)
  • Good fats (present in olive oil, walnut oil, avocado, nuts, etc.)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Keeping on a healthy regime requires a commitment when you can control the types and quantities of foods that are readily available in your home. But if you are a business traveler, this can be a more challenging task. Long hours waiting in airports or spending a day driving in a car is going to wreak havoc on simple diet plans. Temptation is therefore inevitable. You must understand how to eat without thinking about it when you travel.

It’s really powerful to balance being a health conscious person and a business traveler. You need to choose between eating poorly and eating right. The key is to cut the unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates that are dangerous. Do this a little at a time on a consistent basis. This will make the transition less traumatic.

Becoming physically active is a great way to start taking care of your healthy heart, but an individual also needs to eat nutritious food. A healthy diet is easier than you think. Eating right is only the first step to effective weight loss and overall health over the long term.

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