When you are in the business of helping people achieve their healthiest life, you spend a lot of time talking about food. Now, it is one of my favorite subjects so I don’t mind at all but one thing that does drive me a bit nuts is hearing from folks that say;
“It’s just so hard to eat clean on the road!!”
Let me get this out there now – No it isn’t!!
It really all comes down to choices. What choices?
The choice to eat ‘Clean’
We really do need to define what ‘Clean’ means but that is for another post. In the meantime, you need to decide this before you ever leave for your departing flight. If you commit to eating right before you ever leave, you are 100% more likely to actually do so (please note that I just completely made up that statistic).
Seriously though, making the decision in advance does dramatically improve your chances of actually following through. You are much less likely to end up on the wrong side of the rest of these choices if you have already decided to eat clean.
The choice of where to eat:
This is huge. A restaurant that specializes in grilled seafood is way more conducive to your commitment to clean eating than Burger King. Sure it may mean that you need to drive a few miles out of your way rather than stumbling across the parking lot to Ruby Tuesdays but in the end it is worth it.
Pro-Tip: I have found that it is also easier to eat clean in the restaurant rather than your hotel room. This includes take-out orders, which almost always end up wrong (and cold).
Pro-Tip 2: The exception to the above Pro Tip is the grocery store. The grocery store is a great option for picking up a clean meal you can take back to your room.
The choice of when to eat:
So I may be preaching to myself on this one but your food options at 11:00 PM are vastly different than at 7:00 PM. Take that into account as you are planning your day. Set yourself up for success rather than trying to figure out “Whatever is easy” as you hit your hotel at midnight.
The choice of how your food is prepared:
Grilled over fried. Baked over sauteed. Sauce on the side. Rainbow of colors vs. monochromatic. If you are trying to eat clean, you should already know most of this but every time you order anything, you have the choice.
However, with all of these choices, the most important one is the choice to not to accept the lie that eating clean is hard to do. It really isn’t. It just takes a bit of planning, being willing to order off the menu and the choice to make it a priority.