Hungry and in a Hurry?
Eating on the go. It can be one of the biggest hurdles you face when you’re not home. Whether it be an emergency stop at the closest 7-Eleven on the way home because you worked straight through the day, or at the airport on your way to your family vacation, the choices can be daunting. The easiest thing, of course, is to pick the fastest option that makes your taste buds sing; but, chances are that’s the exact opposite of what your body really needs.
So how does one navigate the siren calls from those delectable calorie traps while on the road or in an airport? Let’s take a look at some of the options.
Convenience Store or Gas Station
Traditional Fast Food Restaurants
Fast Casual Restaurants
If you have the opportunity for a sit-down meal at a proper restaurant, look for the items with a protein base and sides of veggies, or build your own. Limit fried food choices, anything in a heavy cream sauces, or predominantly carbohydrate dense meals. Make substitutions where you can to include more veggies, reduce excess carbs by going bun-less and skipping the bread basket, opt for water over alcohol or soda, and pass on the dessert.
One of the most interesting things about being in a hurry, or traveling, is how we seem to throw all common sense and logical thinking towards food right out the window. It’s in those moments where impulsive actions take over, and we reach for foods to satisfy our inner child instead of what we know makes us feel best. So, why is it that we decide to eat that 1,200 calorie cinnamon bun even though we haven’t eaten cinnamon buns in 13 years? It’s almost as if we believe that calories don’t count when we are traveling. Let me be very clear here when I say that calories most certainly do count when you’re traveling. And when it’s your birthday. And when you’re having a rough day. They always count – so let’s make them count and work for you!
If you are frequently on the go and aren’t sure what choices you should be making for your meals, get in contact with a coach who can make your life easier! Have someone else do the research and number crunching so that you can walk into any eatery and feel confident about the meal you are about to consume. Mealtime doesn’t need to be stressful. Learn how to make it fun!