So let me preface this blog post with the following:
- I am not a nutritional expert and will not claim to be (props to those who are - the pre-reqs in college to be a nutritionist...hard!). That being said this is advice from just an average gal.
- The Whole 30 may not be for everyone. Kind of like how Crossfit isn't for me. That being said, here is my PSA that whatever makes your body and you feel good, do that. For some that's the Whole 30, for other's it's eating a plant based diet, or maybe for others it's taking a walk and eating well. Do what works and don't be pressured by what the media deems is critical for "#fitspo". Here's a good article on all that.
- This lifestyle may not be realistic all of the time (hence the 30 days), especially with travel, however, after some requests on how I managed this with travel last year when I did the Whole 30, I am going to share with you some tips and tricks of being a #roadwarrior.
SO. Whole 30 and Travel. It's not easy, but it's doable. 80% of the battle is telling yourself that you can do it, you are capable. and you are flexible. So if you travel a lot for work, tell yourself these things right now before you start the Whole 30...and then breathe. Great.
Here is what I learned last year during a travel season and doing the Whole 30...
1. Learn to love the bunless burger, grilled chicken salads, steaks and more! From Carbondale, Illinois to Columbia, South Carolina there are options everywhere.
Last year during the Whole 30 I was traveling to a few different campuses and was nervous about the options. What soon became my go to meals at many restaurants were a burger, no bun, no cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and a side of vegetables (no butter, duh), or a side salad with oil and a lemon or vinegar, or if I was real lucky, a baked potato...(no butter). It is possible. I went to a CHILIS and ordered a steak and two sides of steamed broccoli and told them to not use any butter. Lose your pride now and just ask for these things when you're on the road, you'd be surprised, servers don't act as weird as you think they would! Also, when in doubt, you can always find a grilled chicken salad.
**Pro tip. If you are lucky and in a town where there is a Whole Foods, go to the hot bar. Ingredients are listed everywhere! Another great option, Chipotle, carnitas salad, no dressing, lettuce, guac, salsa!
2. Next, know that you are doing the BEST you can and that may mean not grass fed beef and you may not know if anything got cross contaminated.
The risk of eating out will always come with this. Not much more to say about that.
3. PACK SNACKS. DEAR LORD PACK SNACKS.
If you don't take anything away from this blog post, just take this one nugget away. I always have a purse full of RX Bars, almond butter packs, and other compliant snacks. When the hanger hits and I'm in an airport with one terminal and really no food options, I whip out a RX bar and go to town. Also, you can always find fruit in airports. And nuts. And even hard boiled eggs...just do it.
4. Learn to love black coffee or BYOAOCM (Bring your own almond or coconut milk).
No coffee shop I have ever been to has had an almond milk with no sugar added or no carrageenan...and if you know me, I've been to a lot. Heck I'm writing this from a coffee shop right now. So, come prepared. Or become a tea drinker and pack your own packs!
5. Bring a refillable water bottle everywhere you go!
Most airports now have nifty refillable water bottle stations. Do this! It'll force you to always be drinking water.
6. And last, but not least, tell your colleagues you're doing the Whole 30.
While it is inevitable you may become that annoying person that constantly talks about the Whole 30, jokes aside, it's good to tell the people you work with that you're doing this! That way when it's late after a travel day, and you're a little grumpy because you can't reach for the usual red glass of wine, they will understand!! Also they will be your biggest assets!
I'd love to hear what other tips my fellow road warriors have or come up with! It may be hard, but it is worth it. You can do anything for 30 days!