Me and my jet-lagged self just got back from Houston, Texas, and this was the first time I really went on a trip while on a strict fitness plan. So what exactly does me plan entail? Let me tell you ALL about it…I started my plan about three weeks ago and will be maintaining it up until Miss USA on July 12. Right now I’m eating three meals a day — breakfast is usually oatmeal sweetened with a tablespoon of Quest Nutrition protein powder and a few blueberries or strawberries, and lunch and dinner are lean protein, complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa and sweet potato (I like making them into oven-baked fries), and tons of green veggies. I refuse to eat bland food so I’ve found some awesome recipes for overnight oats which I’ll post a recipe on soon, juicy chicken breast in the slow cooker and a mean healthy turkey chili. I supplement those meals with at least two snacks which are usually bars, chips or shakes from Quest Nutrition, Instapressed juice and things like hard boiled eggs and nuts. The trick to staying healthy on this plan is to mix it up every day so you never get bored, and meal prep so you always have meals and snacks at the ready and don’t accidentally find yourself hangry and in the drive-thru of a McDonalds (not that that has ever happened to me…….haha).
Now that I’ve said all of that, staying fit while traveling is a whole different story. Note that I’m not a trainer or nutritionist, but here are a few of my tips that really worked for me while in Texas:
1. Snacks on snacks on snacks
The number one trick to staying on track while traveling is a pretty simple one: always be prepared. Pack your own healthy, non-perishable snacks like Quest protein bars, chips and shakes, brings nuts for munching on, and instant oatmeal which you can prep in your room using the coffee maker. Eating even one simple, healthy meal is an easy way to keep your calories and cost down on a trip.
2. Bring the gym with you
Try to pick hotels that have a fitness center and get quick workout in every day. If this isn’t doable, bring a lightweight jump rope and resistance bands so you can get your heart rate going every day in your room. Other exercises like planks, push-ups, squats and lunges can be done with just your body weight.
I’ll admit that sometimes in the past I’ve slacked on my vitamins while traveling. Maybe its mental, but I can feel the difference when I don’t take them for a few days, so now they’re always at the top of my packing list. I have lots of the Blender Bottle GoStaks so I can keep my vitamins, Quest protein powders, nuts, and oatmeal, etc. organized while I’m out and about during the day.
4. Stay hydrated
Flying dehydrates you like no other so it’s so key to drink 8 cups of water a day while on vacation. Sometimes hotels don’t offer bottled water in your room, but it’s complimentary in the fitness center. Check there first, and when in doubt bring your hydroflask!
5. Don’t freak out
Last but not least, don’t freak out if you have a cheat meal (or two or three) while on vacation. Just hit the gym harder the next week so you can stay on track with your fitness goals, whatever they may be. Let me know of any questions in the comments!
Thank you to Quest Nutrition for the bars and snacks.