TRAVELERS DIET PLAN
Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD
Nutrition on the Go
So now you’ve accomplished your exercise goal for the day, but what are you going to eat? With my schedule I’ll be traveling from the last weekend in September basically straight through the first weekend of November, with some short stays at home. Hotel food gets redundant. It’s hard to encounter a restaurant that can cater to a healthy guy’s lifestyle. You have to get creative.
If you travel regularly, I have a few suggestions.
First, pack some MRP’s and a shaker bottle. Second, pack some high quality nutrition bars. Third, if it’s a long flight, pack some fruit; the tiny bag of pretzels the airlines give you won’t do much to stave off hunger and catabolism for long flights. I recently flew across the country so I had several whole grain bars in my bag, two apples, a baggie of mixed nuts, and a ziplock bacg for “garbage.” I ate as soon as possible before the plane took off and ate soon after we landed. You can also have a shaker bottle full of water, then dump in a MRP, to give you a nice dose of protein; don’t mind the stares you may get on the plane, they are merely from jealous folks who are “enjoying” their liquid sugar from the beverage carts.
The plane ride is now over, but what do you do the rest of the trip to not ruin your entire physique? First, locate a grocery store nearby your hotel. Second, make a trip to the grocery store and buy some non-perishable foods (unless the hotel offers a refrigerator-then buy perishable items like I’ve been doing). If your room has a microwave, throw in a couple of packets of oatmeal and some water for a quick, no hassle meal that’s great for you.
No matter how busy your schedule, there is always time to eat well and train. While the conditions may not be idea, or in your normal routine or pattern, throwing up your hands and giving up will do nothing more than cause you to quickly get out of shape, decrease your work performance, and make you feel sorry for yourself. You may not feel like you have time to exercise—you must MAKE time to exercise!
About the Author:
Dr. Chris Mohr RD, PhD is a health nutrition consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations including Discovery Health Channel, Clif Bar, Waterfront Media, and Fit Fuel. He has authored and co-authored several textbooks and textbook chapters, including consulting with LL Cool J on "LL Cool J's Platinum Workout" (Rodale Press, 2006). He is also co-creator of Meal Plans 101 nutrition software. For more information on how you can utilize Chris's expertise go to MealPlans101