Constantly travelling for work and eating on the run? A busy lifestyle combined with a hectic work schedule that includes a lot of travel can take our focus off eating healthily. Matthew Dyer, spokesperson at takeaway delivery site EatNow, says food choices don’t have to be sacrificed to busy schedules and work related travel.
As founder and General Manager of EatNow, Matthew knows all too well the challenges of taking care of oneself when you’re always on the road. “The key to looking and feeling great during stressful periods when you’re often away from home is not about making extreme sacrifices and cutting out foods you love to eat. They key is to eat mindfully, be prepared and have some easy tactics up your sleeve. Food needs to be fun and something you look forward to throughout the day. By simply being more conscious about what you’re eating and making small lifestyle changes you can still enjoy your favourites when you’re travelling for work this winter – it’s about planning ahead,” he says.
Matthew offers seven simple tips for eating more mindfully when travelling for work:
- Eat mindfully: The slower you eat and more attention you pay to your food, the less likely you are to overeat. When you’re on the road, it’s also easy to graze throughout the day rather than sit down to a balanced meal. If you can, try to avoid eating while working at the computer, watching TV or on social media – even if this means stopping for just 20 minutes.
- Go green: Takeaway food is a lifesaver when you’re travelling for work. “Add salads, steamed greens and grilled foods to your meal choices,” says Matt. “It’s easy to go green when you’re ordering takeaway – over 80% of restaurants on EatNow offer at least one salad item on their menu.”
- Get your eight hours: Late nights and a reliance on morning coffees and afternoon sugar hits to balance energy slumps is a cycle that is not easily broken. By ensuring you get a solid eight hours of sleep each night when you’re away from home, you’ll be less reliant on quick-fix energy fixes. And for the days you can’t avoid it? Swap the chocolate for an apple which is a healthy way to get a sugar rush.
- Schedule times for treats: There’s nothing wrong with indulging, and by setting yourself limits you can ensure that when you do indulge you really appreciate it. For example, identify what time throughout the day is your weak point and reserve a tasty treat for then. If you’re away for an extended period, ensure you have one night through the week where you delight in your favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ meal for dinner – this will give you something to look forward to.
- Prepare ahead: No matter how busy you are, we all have a few hours of spare time at some point throughout the week, even if it’s on a Sunday afternoon. Take advantage of this time to plan some snacks for the week ahead when you know you’ll be on the road – you’ll be less likely to reach for sugar-filled junk food if you’ve got some ready-to-go snacks in your bag.
- Dress well, eat well: Dressing in comfort clothes can encourage comfort eating – especially throughout the cooler months. Only pack your best clothing that you feel confident in, as putting extra effort into your appearance will help you feel good, which will be reflected in your food choices.
- Use a bowl. It’s easy to park a bag of chips on your lap while you’re working in your hotel room and keep reaching for handfuls until the bag is empty. Even the most basic hotels will provide bowls and cutlery; put a set amount of chips in a bowl and put the bag away for the next day. This way you have more control over how much you’re eating, and when the bowl is empty, your brain will register that snack time is over.