Many of my friends and family know that I travel for a living. I work for a company that teaches real estate investing strategies all over the country. This requires me to fly 30+ weekends out of the year. One of my biggest objections that I created with myself when I was deciding if I wanted to go for my goal of becoming an NPC competitor was this issue… never having access to the right foods, always being stuck in airports and having zero consistency with my schedule. But honestly, it had more to do with my foodie fat-kid travel habits. The most exciting thing to me when traveling has been the culinary experience you get in every area of the country. I gained FIFTEEN pounds my first year with the company… I blame the bbq in Kansas City, crab au gratin and grits in new Orleans and the breweries in Denver. I absolutely love food, and I wasn’t ready to make the decision to pass all those yummy potentials up for better choices. Over time, the travel life glamour started to pass and I came to the decision that I would achieve my goals over hell or high water. I came up with a plan to make my life consistent on paper even if to most people it seemed unorganized and hectic. The key word there is PLAN.
If nothing else, the planning part is what I hope to ingrain in you after reading this post.
Every week that I travel I spend around 2 hours planning, shopping for, and prepping my meals. I have a specific number of meals I’m eating and portions of foods, which makes it easier to shop, but I still can have what I want of those portions. I would suggest to you to plan to eat the same thing for most of the days—ie, the same breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You don’t have to do this; I just find it MUCH easier to cook like this, instead of trying to create 20 different meals, you can cook in bulk.
Make a grocery list, and head to somewhere more affordable like Trader Joes. HERE’S A BIG TIP: [Keep in mind that if you’re staying in a hotel you’ll be microwaving your food, pick things you know are tolerable/yummy cooked this way] The money I’ve saved doing this has been tremendous, your wallet will thank you. I spend around 50-60 bucks on groceries for my 20 meals I eat over the weekend, yes I eat 5 times a day.
The next crucial items you’ll need are a cooler and some gel ice packs—if you’re traveling far distance via plane or car. You can buy a nice cooler anywhere like Target or Walmart, just buy one you can picture fitting some volume in, the soft ones are easier and lighter to carry. I got kind of crazy and dropped a little extra cash to get an Isobag- they are like the Cadillac of cooler bags next to 6-Pack Bags which are incredibly expensive. I figured I was saving all this money on food, I earned it right? Also consider bringing a reusable water bottle with you through security through airports. The water prices are extremely high and the pressure and low humidity in airplane cabins requires your water intake to be higher than usual.
Every hotel across America has refrigerators and microwaves. A lot of the time they have them both provided in your room, and other times you just have to ask! Either way, you’ll be able to eat your prepared meals, it just takes some effort.
Most good things in life take some effort, your health and body are worth it! I hope this post makes staying on track no matter what the circumstances, a little more feasible and attainable. Please let me know if there is something else I can do to help!