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Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating healthy has always been challenging for the typical business traveler. Grabbing quick bites on the road or at the airport, days filled with business lunches and dinners, skipped meals, packed schedules, long hours with little time for cooking — it all adds up to a recipe for an unhealthy lifestyle. Breaking that cycle can help you keep your energy level high, regulate your digestive system and maintain a healthy weight. Here are some healthy tips for business life on the go.

Prepare Before Boarding.
Stock up on snacks that are easy to travel with. Kale chips, fresh organic apples and even baby carrots are a filling, healthy way to ease snack cravings. Keep some raw, all-natural energy and protein bars around when meals are farther apart. Avoid overpriced and overly-processed room service food whenever possible.

Stay Hydrated.
Drinking lots of water is the best way to flush toxins from your body and beat bloat. Take a refillable water bottle along, topping it off whenever you find filtered water, and drink as much and as often as you can. Need hydrated in a hurry? Try coconut water.

Pack Workout Clothes.
Whenever you’re on the road, a daily workout will help your body metabolize what it’s taken in, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized. Whether it’s a brisk walk around the hotel, a few laps in the pool or twenty minutes on the treadmill, do it daily — the reward is more energy and fewer digestive disruptions.

Find a Health Food Store.
Ask the concierge at your hotel to point you toward the nearest health food store, then grab enough yogurt, granola and hummus and crackers for the length of your stay. Pass on the breakfast buffet, and enjoy some yogurt and blueberries instead.

Consider Lighter, Vegetarian Choices.
Even if you’re staying at a five-star hotel or dining at a restaurant that’s known for its steaks, consider choosing vegetarian meals, which are much easier on your digestive system.

Eating healthy on the road isn’t easy, but your body will thank you for it.

Dr. James C. Strobel MD
Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana

Dr. Strobel joined GSI in July of 1997. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and his medical degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine, three years of additional training, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Strobel is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

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