When you’re travelling for work, keeping the diet sharp can be a bit of a challenge. It’s different when you’re on vacation, or a romantic mini-break — normal rules don’t apply, and you’re out exploring your destination and having fun.
Work travel means that you’re out of your normal routine, generally in a hotel room so you can’t cook your own food, and potentially feeling a bit tired and emotional so less likely to resist making bad choices.
Here’s how I try and do it.
The first rule is not to be too hard on yourself. You can’t always control every aspect of your life — adapt to your surroundings and stay positive.
Equally important though is don’t kid yourself that ‘what happens on the footy trip stays on the footy trip’ — it’s an old Australian saying. You may secretly be loving chowing down on a room-service burger and a few beers in front of trash TV in your hotel room, but when you get home you’re going to have to strip off in the gym locker-room and deal with the consequences. Uma Thurman reportedly eats every meal naked in front of a mirror — it’s an approach worth thinking about.
Do your best
Try to find some middle ground. If you’re away for an extended period, pack your gym gear. You probably won’t be motivated enough — and the hotel gym probably won’t have all the equipment you need — to do a full work-out, but even just going through the motions will help release stress and regulate your appetite.
Avoid the mini-bar
Try and avoid drinking too much. Mini-bars are hard to resist at the best of times, but if you’ve had a tough day and there’s no other way of venting than pouring your heart out to a couple of miniature Jack Daniels, then they’re a bit of a recipe for disaster. Instead of raiding the mini-bar, order a glass of red wine with your dinner.
Make the most of your food choices. Most reasonable hotels have put some effort into their room service menus to give you a range of options. Go for the roast chicken over the pizza. The cheese-plate over the cheese-cake. Even better, take your laptop and go for a walk — get out an explore the city, find a local restaurant, get amongst it.