I have to admit, it’s hard to eat healthy while traveling! You are constantly tempted with quick, easy, and accessible foods that most of the time are the worst for you! You feel run down, tired, and maybe getting a little hangry to the point where that Mcdonald’s across the street is looking reaaaaaaal good…does that sound familiar? I feel ya! It certainly takes a little planning (and will power!) to make the healthy decision. Earlier this week I posted about 7 Tips For Eating Healthy While Traveling & How To Deal With Eating In An Airport and now I’m going to lay out exactly how I approached eating this week. I will give you a complete breakdown of how I ate and also include everything I ate during 1 of the days. Follow me on snapchat (kay_bush) & insta (@thelokahisisters) for updates.
This week has been crazy to say the least! I didn’t stay put in one hotel all week! Yup that’s right, I was in a different hotel every night due to the locations of all my events. I was all over the Bay Area with events in Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, Oakland, & Santa Clara. So it wasn’t a “settle in and get to know where all the restaurants are” kind of trip. I certainly don’t let that overwhelm me & try my absolute best not to stress over the small stuff (<<easier to said than done!). I think knowing how chaotic my week was going to be really prepared me to take a calm and simple approach to eating. I didn’t want to waste time searching for the best restaurants of all time in the area. I needed quick and healthy foods that were accessible. I was getting work done in between events, not site seeing, so it was important to make the most of my time and be smart!
I chose to eat all of my dinners at Whole Foods. Whole Foods is super accessible, there’s always parking, my iphone maps always finds the closest one, and there’s a guarantee I can get a healthy dinner I will love. BOOM problem solved!
So ready…here is what my routine looked like from the time my plane landed in San Jose
Plane landed & I hopped in my rental car (<<National Emerald Aisle is the greatest thing to ever happen to rentals)
Pulled up directions to my hotel, when I was about 20 mins away I typed in Whole Foods on my iPhone maps and up popped the closest one
Stopped at Whole Foods and made my own decked out salad at their bar, grabbed 2 Perfect Bars (<<favorite flavor here) & 2 cold pressed juices (<<Suja Juice is my fav.) for the next day. I also picked up my own salad dressing for the week that didn’t need to be refrigerated. My ride or die favorite salad dressing in this entire world can be found here. I’m seriously so obsessed it’s not even funny.
Tip: Have a salad dressing that doesn’t need to be refrigerated that you can bring along (like any of the ones here). It’s scary what yucky, nasty ingredients are in proceed dressings. Do yourself the favor and pack your own. Plus, if you have any allergies like myself, you don’t have to stress and ask the chef to breakdown every ingredient in the dressing.
The next day, I drank 1 Suja Juice in the morning and had a Perfect Bar, went to my first event & ate there (salad & grilled salmon), after the event I had my second juice, looked up directions to my next event, drove in that direction, and looked up the nearest Whole Foods. I made a salad, got my juices and Perfect Bar for the next day, and got some work done (they have an amazing eating and work area!). After I attended my evening event (& had a Perfect Bar half way through) I drove to my next hotel stocked & prepared with how I was going to start my next morning. No worrying or stressing about food. Then, the cycle continued. Not that hard!
A Day Of Eating
I’m going to give you the exact layout of what I ate yesterday. My lunch was at a catered work event which I know can be super troublesome and temping with foods loaded with salts, sugars, and creams. I brought my own dressing…yes I’m that person. But do you know what’s in those dressings?!!! They honestly make me sick. I had the hotel walnut vinaigrette the first day and felt so bloated and sick from it. Never again. Plus I’m allergic to most processed salad dressings so when someone asks I just say I’m allergic and it’s well respected.
Tip: Even if you aren’t allergic to anything, but you don’t want to feel like people are giving you the evil eye. Just say you are! I have noticed people are a lot more accepting & it doesn’t sound stuck up like you don’t appreciate the food provided.
Anyways, here is my day of eating:
10:00 am: Perfect bar (<<You can buy an 8 pack of them here!)
12:30 pm: Salad with chicken & [homeade] mango salsa (<<with the dressing I brought)
2:00 pm: 2 plates of fruit (<<I could not stop eating pineapple…so good!!)
3:30pm: Suja Juice
6:00pm: Whole foods salad with power greens (spinach, kale, collard greens), roasted red peppers, onions, white beans, herb roasted chicken, zucchini, and sweet potatoes.
…Dark Chocolate covered almonds I picked up from the bulk section of Whole Foods and ate them as I walked around (shhhh)
8:00pm: Chocolate drink (<<can you tell I was in a chocolate mood)
I almost got popcorn but then put it back… I didn’t NEED a whole bag of popcorn. Plus let’s be real I would have finished the entire bag because all my will power goes out the window when popcorn is involved. True story.
So there it is! I never calorie count of check anything else, I just read ingredients. If it’s real food, and can pronounce all the ingredients, I’m game!
Tip: ingredients are always listed from what the product contains the most of to least. So if the first, second, or third ingredient is any type of sugar, the majority of what your eating is SUGAR. Keep that in mind. If you are going to be having added sugar, make sure it’s at least towards to the end of the ingredient list. More importantly, just don’t get it & look for things sweetened with stevia!
//The Lokahi Sisters//