- you are off your schedule;
- you don’t have ready access to the foods that normally make healthy eating a little easier;
- you have nothing else to do while waiting for a plane or on a plane;
- the healthier snack options are expensive and decidedly not delicious;
- the junk food is plentiful, in fact sometimes you even get free cookies.
In short – your food Intake is inflating, while your exercise levels all but disappear. It’s no wonder people who travel frequently tend to carry extra weight.
- my brother is a great cook,
- his fridge is always stocked with delicious beers,
- candy corner.
What is candy corner? It’s a portion of my brother’s kitchen table that houses all manner of delicious temptations, including chips, pretzels, nuts, chocolates, biscotti…no matter what you fancy, I guarantee you will find it in candy corner, and if you don’t, my awesome sister-in-law will find out what is is and get it for next time – or possibly even the next day. She’s good.
- The free cookies with coffee on a plane is a trick. Don’t fall for it. Does anyone even like those cookies, or do we all just take them because they are free? I look at them differently. Instead of thinking ‘cool, free cookies‘, I think ‘if I skip those, I will enjoy the Burger Lounge burger in San Diego much more’.
- Being a little bit hungry is not going to kill you. Your muscles will not eat themselves if you go without food for more than 3 hours. I will admit that being hungry isn’t the best feeling, but on travel days, it may be necessary. Take my current travel day, for example:
- woke up at 430am
- Caught the bus to the airport at 5 and at the gate by 5:45
- 7am flight arrives in Toronto at 8
- 10am departure to San Diego where my brother will pick me up at noon California time (3pm Ottawa time)
- It’s a pretty safe bet that we will stop at Burger Lounge on the way back to his house
- Dinner in the 5 to 6pm range (they have a young child)
- Intermittent visits to candy corner throughout the day
- Not eating before leaving the house in the morning
- Having oatmeal and coffee for breakfast at the Ottawa airport
- Passing on the free plane cookies, but did
enjoyhave a coffee on the flight.
- Not eating at the Toronto airport, and only buying a $3.15 bottle of water (thanks for the clubbing!)
- Taking every opportunity to move. It’s so easy to follow the herd and take the escalator and moving sidewalks, but it’s not a free ride from a health perspective. And let’s not forget your poor joints will be cramped into a vertical semi-fetal position for most of the day; you would take your dog out for a walk if he was cooped up all day, wouldn’t you?
- Bringing a Tupperware container with cut vegetables and a small container of raisins and unsalted almonds (I talked about the salted ones here…). By the way, it turns out you can bring chopped vegetables through customs, or at least I was allowed to on this day. I will continue to use either ziploc bags or tupperware-type containers that I don’t mind losing, just in case the Customs officer interprets the rules differently next time.