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No More Excuses While On the Go

Mar 4, 2013

As trainers we've heard every excuse in the book for not being able to eat healthy meals throughout the day: I'm busy with work; I have to tend to the kids/spouse; I have too many errands to run; I travel too much and there's nothing healthy; and the list goes on. Healthy eating is part of it, people! You can't simply exercise and expect to reach your goals if you're not taking care of what's going inside your body. In fact, good eating habits account for about 80% of your health and longevity--and weight loss efforts. In other words, you can't exercise away bad eating habits.

It's time now to put an end to all of those excuses. In doing so, I'm going to give you a few simple lists of options that you can use as a go-to when you find it hard to find something healthy to eat. Remember, healthy eating doesn't mean you have to cook every meal that you eat...especially if you lead a fast-paced, busy lifestyle. You just have to know your options and be prepared once those busy times come around and you're in need of a good bite to eat.

PROTEIN

  • Good quality deli meats, like those from Plainville Farm or Applegate Farms
  • Canned wild salmon or tuna (packed in water or olive oil with no soy or vegetable broths)
  • Wild smoked salmon (you can find these in singles at the seafood counter)
  • Imported meats like chorizo that have only meat, spices and salt as ingredients (no nitrates or nitrites, of course)
  • Whole roasted chickens with salt and pepper
  • Hard-boiled eggs

FAT

  • Nut butter in single-serve packets (almond, cashew, hazelnut, for example)
  • Macadamia nuts, walnuts, pistachios
  • Coconut flakes
  • Single-serve packs of quacamole
  • 80% or greater dark chocolate (without added soy)

CARBS

  • Carrots, celery, bell peppers (all travel well)
  • Salads are easy to find most places--watch the dressing
  • Use romaine hearts as wraps for your protein and fat choices
  • Canned sweet potato or butternut squash (don't forget the can opener on the road!)
  • Apples, oranges, grapes, and bananas travel well, just don't over do it here
  • Larabars (fruit and nut bars) are a good go to

So, whether you're on the road or are in a pinch for dinner for the fam these are some easy go-to options to make sure you're staying on track with your eating habits in a pinch for time. The next time you find yourself on the brink of heading to the drive through, remind yourself of your goal and know that there are better options out there and next time you'll be prepared!

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