Being in our vehicles has become a second home for many of us, whether it is commuting to work or meeting with clients/customers. Nutrition can get challenging when you have tight schedules or driving during “meal time”. What we want to avoid is a situation where we get over-hungry and lose self- control. Usually this results in stopping for something fast and unhealthy. Whatever your weakness, it is helpful to set yourself up for success when you know you will be on the road.
Here are my top 5 strategies for better Nutrition on the Road:
- Plan ahead
Having better mindfulness for your nutrition is the 1st step to setting yourself up to succeed. Before the start of a new week get in the habit of asking yourself some questions: Will I be on the road this week? How many times? With this knowledge you can set the intention to better nurture yourself.
- Bring water
Drinking water while you are driving is an easy way to hydrate yourself. Have a water bottle that you ALWAYS bring with you in the car and drink it while your drive. You will be surprised how easy it is to get closer to your hydration goals. Remember to bring it with you to re-fill and start the process again on your next ride.
- Bring snacks
Having good quality snacks in your car is an easy way to tide yourself over until you get to your destination or to an environment that is more conducive to eating a meal. Some examples include fruit (apples, pears, etc) and granola bars. These are easy things to grab and eat as you drive.
- Bring a lunch/dinner
If you know you will be driving over lunch or dinner time then pack it! It is not something that is often thought of but why not? Get a cooler or lunch bag and pack it with intention. When you get hungry pull over into any parking lot and nurture yourself!
- Pick better quality stops
If you are stuck and the hunger is setting in then set the intention to pick better quality places to get food. If you know where you will be driving than do a quick search to see what food is in the area so you have a plan. Avoid highly processed and fatty foods like hamburgers, french fries, breaded chicken and processed meat like bacon. Make sure whatever you get has vegetables in it (lettuce, tomato, etc.). Get chicken breast or a vegetarian option if you can. Sub a bottle of water instead of a soft drink. Ask for less or no sauce. Sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls and salads are readily available at most fast food places.
Consider these strategies the next time you are on the road. You will be able to provide yourself with the nutrition your body needs to sustain its energy and improve its mental function as you concur another busy day of life.
Dr. Deanna Walker, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Co-Owner
Sage Naturopathic Clinic