Consultants know all too well the challenges of staying healthy while on the road. For help, Consulting turned to health coach, speaker and trainer Adele Good. Good is the founder of The Skinny on The Skinny, a company specializing in personal health improvements. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re heading to the airport… or to the office holiday party.
Consulting: What’s the biggest mistake most travelers make?
Good: There are a few, but the biggest is probably simply not being prepared. Preparation leads to good choices. I always take almonds, walnuts or cashews with me when I travel, and I always have bottled water. In airports and on planes, most of the food is junk food. If you have access to the clubs in the airports and the concierge lounges, which I imagine many of your readers do, then there are better and healthier options available.
Consulting: You said there were a few… what else?
Good: Well, most of us simply don’t get enough protein. We really need protein at all three meals. We need 60 to 80 grams of protein a day, which is the equivalent of about three chicken breasts. Breakfast is where most people miss out. I always bring protein powder with me and stir it in with fruit juice. And
everyone should be exercising at least a little bit every day. Even 15 minutes will make a huge impact on the rest of your day.
Consulting: What about room service and restaurants?
Good: That’s tough because you have no idea how the food is prepared, but most have become better if you want something grilled instead of fried. But it’s really about making better choices. And it’s not all or nothing: Always remember, even one healthy meal choice a day is better than none.
Consulting: What’s one easy step we could start with today?
Good: Drink more water. I know it’s sounds simple, but most of us don’t get nearly enough water. You need half of your body weigh in ounces of water. So, if you weight 200 pounds, you need 100 ounces of water a day—way more then the eight glasses we hear about. So, reach for water—pure water, not coffee or tea. Yes, there’s water in coffee and tea, but your body has to work to process it. There’s something about pure water that cleanses us, flushes out our systems and keeps infections at bay. And it’s easy to do—probably easier for most people than exercising every day or making healthy food choices.