FoundersCard asked me to share some tips on managing your weight and health on the go and having just been on the road 24/7 building our business at Retrofit. I can tell you I know the challenges of living in airports well, but I did not have all of the answers. So I asked Amy Margulies, our Lead Registered Dietitian, to help me shed a little light. Here’s what she had to say….
Be sure to have a healthy breakfast.
If you hit the road on an empty stomach, your best pre-plans might suddenly disappear when you are overly hungry in a couple of hours. There ARE healthy options at the airport. Almost every airport in America has a coffee shop that sells oatmeal. Add some dried fruit and you are good to go.
Always pack healthy snacks.
You may have the best of intentions to grab something healthy when you are running through the airport or late for a meeting, but when you are short on time, stressed and hungry, it is easy to grab the first thing you see. Stock your briefcase with almonds and peanuts with raisins or pistachios and craisins. Apples are a great portable fruit option. With longer travels, a nutrition bar like the Kind Bar, Luna Bar or Kashi Bar works well and stays fresh for quite a while.
Scope out the healthiest meals and snacks.
They do exist, you just have to be committed to finding them. It is a great way to get some extra steps in too.
Some meal examples:
- Turkey or grilled chicken sandwich, no mayo
- Salads with lean proteins like grilled chicken or turkey and cheese, always dressing on the side
- Clear broth-based soups like chicken noodle – make a perfect meal with a side salad or fruit, or alone as a snack.
Some snack examples:
- Trail mixes that do not include candies and chocolate
- Low fat yogurt or frozen with fruit and nuts
- Whole grain pretzels with a piece of fresh fruit
Often we think we are hungry, when we are actually thirsty. Flying alone can cause dehydration. Drinking frequently will not only keep you hydrated, but also take that edge off of your appetite before a meal or snack.
And unfortunately, limit alcohol.
Amy suggests, skipping, but if that won’t work for you, go for a glass of wine, lite beer, or a small a liquor with club soda. Though alcohol does not contain fat, your body is very efficient at storing the calories from alcohol as fat.
Retrofit Weight Loss CEO Jeff Hyman is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for creating innovative companies & brands. Prior to Retrofit, he was Founder and CEO of three internet-based services companies in the talent management field. Jeff also served as SVP Sales & Marketing for Ameritox and the first VP Marketing of Dyson. He holds a BS from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He recently joined FoundersCard and provides his fellow Members access preferred Retrofit rates.