I get this question a lot. “I’m doing so good eating healthy but then I go visit my sister…” or “I flew to the bahama’s (so jealous) and my diet went out the window”. So how do we stay on track when we are out of our element? At home we decide what goes in our refrigerator. We plan the shopping list, we buy the groceries, we organize our own Menus and most times we cook our own food. When traveling for business or for fun it gets really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle while “on the go”. I’ve put together a few tips and tricks that I hope might come in handy the next time you are planning to take a trip.
Come up with your own “go to” list of snacks that you enjoy and then plan on packing a few for the plane or car ride. Being on the road or in the air can be tedious but I guarantee you will arrive at your destination feeling so much better if you fill your body with the nutrients it deserves instead of what is fast and easy. Here are a few of my favorites.
Nuts– they are probably my all time favorite snack. They are a fast filler and you only need a small handful to take the edge off.
Air popped popcorn– this is also a favorite. It’s light weight, easy to pack and just so addicting.
Jerky– also light weight and a great filler
Crackers– little tip (read the ingredients on the back of the box). So many foods have ingredients in them that are unrecognizable… and we’re eating them! (whaaat???) These days there is so much out there that is close to natural. example: triscuits
Dried fruit– just check the sugar content. You can find some with low or even no sugar added.
Trail Mix– confession, I actually don’t like m&m’s so I often buy a regular trail mix and then just take out the m&m’s.
Avocado chips– mmmm so good and if you check the ingredients they only contain potatoes, sea salt and avocado oil. Yes please!
Cheese– need I say more? So many options here.
Granola– again, be careful with the sugar that is added
Fruit leather– I should just insert (be careful with the sugar) at the end of each of these. haha
Fresh fruits and veggies
Know where you are going
Where are you going and what places are around you when get there? Where can you go shop? Anything other then fast food? Let me elaborate. I stayed with a sister in Mesa Arizona for a week and we went to a local farmers market selling all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies at an incredible price. We bought literally dozens of different foods, cooked all of them that night and ate leftovers for days. It was a fun adventure and it also fit into our healthy eating lifestyle. I’m a road tripper and it helps to plan my stops ahead of time instead of just stopping when I’m starving and want something fast. That way I can modify my order and choose from a variety of options. With a little bit of planning you can also stop by a local grocery store and pick up a few things you might need that isn’t offered wherever you are staying.
Pack a Cooler
Every time I drive long distances I pack a small cooler with veggie tray items, whole wheat sandwich rolls and a variety of toppings cut up and put in small containers or ziplocks. I also have fresh washed fruits and plenty of water. Also feel free to fill it with some freezer meals if you don’t always want to be eating out or your hosts don’t eat the same way you do.
Sometimes all you need to do is explain. Not everyone automatically understands why you are eating the way you are and won’t accept their hospitality. We all “eat healthy” in our own ways and it can get offensive at times when everything offered doesn’t fit your criteria. Just let them know you plan on bringing your own meals. It can be because you are trying a new diet, dr’s orders, certain foods are making you sick, or you already have your meals ready to go.
Offer to cook for them
So many times this can turn out better then imagined! Most moms are excited to learn a new recipe, or to get out of cooking for a night. I know some who even offer to buy all the groceries and have it all ready for me by the time I get there. Pick some crowd favorites, or if you don’t have any I am happy to share. I’ve tried a few recipes at other homes that have become some of their “regulars” after the fact. THAT my friend is so satisfying!
I hope some of these ideas help. Be sure to check out some of my recipes for freezer meals and foods that travel well.
Ok, some of you might be thinking “Ok Kari, how in the world are butterflies suppose to help motivate me?” Just hang in there, I’ll get right to the point.
There is this girl, lets call her Mindy. Mindy is absolutely in looooove with butterflies! She was fascinated by them and wanted to be able to help her own little caterpillar transform and actually see the process come about. So she got her little home for it and provided it with the right kinds of foliage. She made sure the temperature was perfect and there was enough food for it. She did all the steps necessary for her caterpillar to become a butterfly, and it did. It found it’s little branch to begin its cocoon (chrysalis or pupa) and it began to change.
It didn’t take long for Mindy to realize that her butterfly was so close to coming through and breaking out of it’s confined living space. After waiting just oh so long, Mindy couldn’t wait anymore. So she helped the butterfly along and carefully pulled back the remaining parts of the cocoon. Well within a short amount of time it was obvious the butterfly was struggling and soon became lifeless. Sad, I know. Do you know where I’m going with this? Lets not treat ourselves the way Mindy treated her butterfly.
Personal transformations are not often easy, they do come, but with a price. We have to be the ones to push through our own cocoons. (comfort level, security, weakness). In order to get where we want to go we have to realize it’s hard work, and it’s easy to get frustrated and discouraged, and just want sooooo badly to speed up the process. I hear ya, I’ve been there many times myself and still go there every so often.
I love this story. It’s so inspiring to me. Think about the end result if you let a butterfly push through all on it’s own! It definitely didn’t mind the safe little sanctuary where it received all the nutrients and opportunities to become what it was destined to become. The problem came when the hard part was done for it. In any part of your life, if you are hoping to make a change I really think its ok to receive the help you need, to get the support systems help. But the person who is going to say no to the sugar, or is going to finish the last 15 minutes of a workout, or make it through one more soccer game, is you. You have to be the one to push through and do the work. Modifying your life doesn’t necessarily make it easier, it means making it possible. Keep that in mind as you move forward with whatever you are hoping to improve upon, on your journey to finding your best self.
I’d love to hear your motivational stories and comments. Be sure to contact me and let me know how you’re doing and if you have any questions.
Its been a long long looooong winter right? I swear, I don’t care how long or cold winter really is, it ALWAYS feels too long in my opinion! If you’re anything like me your “inner cave-woman” comes out and you enter survival mode! Nothing gets shaved/waxed enough, you’ve seen your natural toe color for too long, you may or may not have packed on a few extra pounds and the natural roots on your head are about 3 inches long. Can any of you relate or did I just disclose way too much information? haha. Ok lets get going with this!
Take a long hot bath- Now you might be thinking, “uhhh Kari, we’ve made it through how many months of freezing temperatures and I’ve had (enter excessive # here) baths just to keep myself warm! I feel ya but stay with me. Add your favorite springtime bath bomb or just some epsom salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water and lay back and soak. Rinse off when you’re skin is all pruney and exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate! Don’t get me wrong… be gentle, but be sure to scrub all that dead skin that has likely been your constant companion for these last few months.
Get a spray tan– See? Now your skin is all ready and prepped. Well… not quite. Remember to rub any rough skin patches with some lotion (knees, elbows, feet, etc) You can get creative here by applying your own rub on self tanner, spray tan, or go in and get a tan from your favorite gal or spa. I personally use a rub on and I’m obsessed with it, it looks so good and it’s so easy and inexpensive!
Mani/Pedi anyone?– Again whether it’s done yourself or from a favorite nail artist, get those babies painted. Having my nails finished in a bright color with some sparkle just adds so much to how I feel.
Get your hair done I strongly suggest getting your hair done. Even if it’s just a trim or a deep conditioning… you come out feeling like a new person. My hair is always so dry and just in desperate need of some tlc.
Start some form of exercise
I know we are all busy and for some this might be the biggest challenge out of them all but once the 2-3 weeks of lactic acid build up dies down and we can finally walk again (haha) it really is so rewarding. Kicking that metabolism up a notch will help sluff off the sluggish feeling and the tired eyes that just seem to appear.