How to Eat Right While Traveling, part 3 of 3

This is how you gain 5 lbs on your vacation
This is how you gain 5 lbs on your vacation

It isn’t that we didn’t eat in restaurants. This list of groceries didn’t cover all the eating we did for 6 days, the five of us. We ate in a restaurant once a day. This is typical of my traveling, that we have green smoothies and other foods I’ve brought, or that we bought wherever we were–and we eat out once a day.

In restaurants, I look for salads, and vegetable-intensive dishes. It isn’t that we didn’t have a couple of treats on vacation that aren’t nutritionally stellar. We did have a few treats. There were a couple of times when someone in our party had wine with dinner, coffee after dinner, or a dessert. I often tell GSG readers when I talk to them one on one: “I don’t eat a perfect diet. I eat a really, really good diet.”

Years ago, I valued my money more than my time. Now I am in a different life situation, and so the list I made in my last blog entry is higher on “convenience healthy foods” and lower on homemade, cost-minimized, healthy stuff than it did back when I developed 12 Steps to Whole Foods and lived on a very limited budget.

Robyn, Emma, Dr. Petra Wiechel
Robyn, Emma, Dr. Petra Wiechel

You can find other times I’ve written on this topic on my blog from years ago, HERE and HERE and HERE. You can see how our tastes and habits have changed over the years. Green smoothies are a constant staple, because they massively ramp consumption of a variety of our #1 most important foods, LEAFY GREENS. When we let green smoothies slide out of our routine, nutrient density in our diet drops sharply. If that happens, I notice the difference in my energy immediately.

And always, when you’re on the road, morning and night, have a scoop of GreenSmoothieGirl Green Light, Chocolate Green Light, or Red Light.

I always have 1-2 gallons of purified water on the road with me. Make sure you’re drinking a lot of water when you’re on the road, especially airline travel.

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No Western trip is complete without horseback riding

If you are traveling by plane, make sure to have healthy snacks in your carry-on bag. By doing this, I never end up having a canned V-8 and bags of pretzels to survive till touchdown. I often take pints of organic blueberries and apples, raw-food bars, baby carrots, and sunflower greens in my bag. I’ve even taken recycled containers of salads, and leftovers from home.

Some people don’t know that food is totally legal when traveling by plane. It’s just liquids (green smoothies, bottled water, etc.) they’ll confiscate.

Freddy and Emma hike a waterfall in Yellowstone
Freddy and Emma hike a waterfall in Yellowstone

If you think you can’t find anything nutritious on trips that involve airports and taking a cooler is impossible, think of it as a challenge to find something good in the airport. Very frankly, I don’t even try too hard. I eat really well on the road. It’s just not that hard.

And on my recent trips, very easily, I found:

—a lunch counter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that made me fresh cucumber, celery, carrot, ginger juice

—a juice place in the Detroit airport where we got fresh carrot juice

—a regular restaurant, La Grande Orange, in the Phoenix airport, where I got a Kale Quinoa salad

—a place in the Amsterdam airport that made me wheat grass shots, on the way out, and the way back

—a place in downtown Prague where I got fresh celery-carrot juice made to order

I often freeze pints of green smoothie, and put them in sealed Ziploc freezer bags, and roll them in my jeans in the middle of my suitcase. When I get to a hotel, I can put them in a fridge if they have one. (Marriotts usually have fridges, and the big hotel chains like Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, etc. are most likely to have them.)

Yellowstone is beautiful!
Yellowstone is beautiful!

This will get me through two days with my greens. Not the whole trip. But it helps! I have green smoothies then next morning. I do NOT love the texture of a thawed green smoothie. But it’ll do, in a pinch.

When we are on speaking tour (75 cities by Dec. 1 this year!), we look up whether the city we’re leaving, or passing through, or arriving at later, has a Whole Foods Market. Virtually all of them have salad bars. That, and filling up my bottle with green smoothie at my lectures, for the next morning, are important features in my agenda to eat well while traveling. Of course, salad bar at WFM can easily be $15-$17. Not cheap! We also look for salad bar places like Soup Tomatoes / Soup Plantation, and we search Google for raw and vegan restaurants in the area.

Nutrient density throughout the day, every day, is the key to sustained energy and no need for stimulants while on the road.