I’ve just returned from an amazing 4-day training course in London. As always, being away from home adds the challenge of eating food that will sustain me while keeping my energy levels up and my digestive system moving (since I wasn’t moving much). Not an easy task when all meals are eaten out and the most affordable and readily available food is quick and easy fast food. This food is usually characterized by white bread, white mayo, white or yellow cheese, processed and refined meat or meat substitutes. This food is often deep fried. Yum, doesn’t that sound appetizing?
I’m happy to say that while I didn’t eat impeccably, with a little thought, I managed to eat fairly well. Here are some simple substitutions that you can look for when you’re travelling to keep things chugging along.
Instead of This…. Eat That (or Avoid Altogether!)
Fried Egg…. Boiled Egg
Breakfast Sausage…. Vegetarian Sausage
Bacon (Avoid: high in salt and fat)
Fried Potatoes….Grilled Tomatoes
French Fries…. Baked Potato
Steamed Vegetable Platter, Salad
White Bread Sandwich…. Brown Bread Sandwich
Corn Flakes…. Bran Flakes
Fruit Yogurt…. Plain Yogurt with fresh fruit and a little honey drizzled on top
These are just a few of the available alternatives. Most restaurants also have vegetarian or heart-healthy options on their menu. Even McDonald’s and Burger King have salads and apples on their menus now. These are great options that add dietary fiber, which keeps you feeling full and helps to keep your system moving while keeping the energy consumption reasonable. Look for hearts on the menu which usually depict heart-healthy food.
Travelling back to Lebanon, I had a few hours to kill at the airport. I was hungry, but was again met with a barrage of crap food that would steal my energy. Instead of ordering what was available, I asked the waitress if they had any vegetables. They did. I enjoyed a lovely plate of steamed vegetables that I seasoned with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. It hit the spot, and I washed it down with a lovely cold Guinness (my version of a healthy beer).
Every bite we take is a choice. Our diet is not always going to be perfect, but thank goodness for healthier options when we travel. Let’s face it, while there is nothing wrong with the odd bacon and egg breakfast or burger and fries, eating those types of foods 3 times a day for 6 days in a row is less than appetizing and certainly isn’t beneficial for the body systems.
I hope this blog has helped you learn to seek out healthier food choices when you’re out and about. For more tips on healthy eating, join our mailing list (top right of this page) and enjoy receiving tips directly to your inbox.