Staying on Track While You’re On the Go
This article was published by Dylan Irving on: 06/15/18 8:06 PM
So you have these goals, and you know you need to be eating a certain way to achieve them. BUT you’re busy…you’re on the road constantly, you’re picking up the kids, driving to see clients, dropping the kids off, driving to meetings across the city…the list goes on and on. How do you keep your nutrition in check in order to achieve your goals, but not feel like you’re constantly on your heels?
It all comes down to preparing ahead of time.
What can you take with you?
Pack snacks ahead of time to keep in your car, purse, backpack, briefcase, fanny pack, etc. The number one thing here is portability and convenience. It can be a huge pain to eat a salad in a car while you’re driving through traffic, so cucumber slices might be a better choice. Protein shakes, protein bars, cheese sticks, pre-cut veggies, pre-prepared meals (prepped at home or bought), high protein baked goods, and fruit are all great choices. Consider what fits best into your style of eating and your goal set***, and figure out the possibilities!
***If you missed the article on the importance of calories, click here.
Where are you going, and whats close by?
Plan ahead. Take a few moments in the morning, or the evening before, to figure out where you’ll be and when. What convenience stores and restaurants are close by? Can you order ahead using an app or call an order in? Do they have food that fits your needs and preferences? If they don’t, and they may not, what are your best choices?
Which foods should you choose from a convenience store, grocery store, or restaurant?
Like they spell out here in an infographic from Precision Nutrition, try and make a meal that is 1-2 servings of protein, 1-2 servings of carbs, and 1-2 servings of fat. You get bonus points if you can add veggies at a convenience store!
Good sources of protein are things like hard boiled eggs, plain (or low carb) greek yogurt, chicken breast, and protein shakes (but make sure they have at least 20g protein and less than 10g carbs and fat). Look for carbs in things like fresh fruit, unsweetened dried fruit, or whole grain breads. Good sources of fats are mixed nuts, nut butters (but watch out for added sugar), and hummus.
Remember, nutrition is a long game.
Things won’t be perfect when you’re busy, and thats okay. If you “fall off the wagon” at one meal, get right back on at the next meal. Avoid the “all or nothing” mindset as much as possible. I know you’re busy, but taking a few moments to plan ahead is worth the progress you’ll make toward your goals.
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