How to stay healthy while travelling for business

A little planning and a lot of water can go a long way

Business travellers should aim to have a salad every day.

NEW YORK - Anyone in the meetings industry knows that the luxuries of travel also come with the struggles of eating well. But being on the road or in the air doesn't have to mean letting your health take a back seat.

With a little preplanning, you can stay on top of your nutrition no matter where you are. For those managing food intolerances or a lack of energy, packing some basic provisions can be a game changer.

Here are a few tips for taking better care of yourself when traveling.

You'll likely grab a bite to eat at the airport, but don't settle for sitting down at the nearest fast-food restaurant when hunger strikes. Take a look at the food vendors on the airport website beforehand and figure out which ones are in your concourse. Then, when you're tight on time before take-off, you'll know exactly where to go to get a good meal.

It's also a good idea to bring snacks. This will save your time and money while traveling. Pack a one-gallon zip-lock bag for your suitcase and a quart-size bag for your carry-on. You can fill the bags with protein bars, trail mix, turkey jerky, nuts and even dark chocolate. You'll thank yourself later.

Most people should drink three to four 16-ounnce water bottles per day, but it's often hard to stay hydrated when you're on the go. Set a reminder on yoiur phone to purchase water at the airport, or take an empty, BPA-free water bottle with you to fill up once you've gone through security.

Try to choose healthier restaurants when entertaining guests, and aim to have a salad for lunch or dinner every day. Skip the starch whenever possible and instead opt for chicken, fish or vegetables as your main dish. Asparagus, brussels sprouts and grilled vegetables make for great appetizers.

For the days when you don't feel like eating out, consider healthy options from room service or stopping by a local store to pick up yogurt, hummus, hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruit. You can also have a balanced meal delivered to your door.

*Linda Illingworth is a registered dietician nutritionist specialising in functional nutrition, with a food-first approach to health. She is currently the director of nutrition at Lifewellness Institute.

SOURCE: Successful Meetings

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