Monday, October 1, 2012

September Travel Tour Nutrition

Beans and rice, chicken patty, and avocado-tomato-cucumber
salad, made with love by my grandparents. 
Last month some of my research responsibilities took me to Washington, DC, and Houston, TX. A couple of things I learned during these travels: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (but not so much that you need to pull over every 20 minutes on the highway), and sometimes fruit chews can provide just the right amount of energy while running through the airport. The following are lists of some things I felt good about, and some things I can improve for future travels that I learned from these two trips.

The Positives
CLIF protein bars: These provide 20g of protein per bar, and enough energy to keep me moving (whether that involves staying focused while in a torrential downpour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, or handling the Sam Houston Tollway during rush hour).

Double espresso + Blueberry Pomegranate Twists: Low on energy after the flight from Pittsburgh to Houston, I stopped by Starbucks and ordered a double espresso for the caffeine burst, and the twists for a sugar burst. This helped me deal with the crowded Bush Intercontinental rental car bus (loud people to my left, some type of body odor to my right) and the attempt to figure out Houston roads.

Protein, Vegetable, and Carbs Mix: Roughly 1/2 protein, 1/4 veggies, and 1/4 carbs during my main meals kept me full of enough energy to handle the travel and the meetings.

The Negatives
Chex Mix Bold Party Flavor: One of my weaknesses. The rain during the drive between Pittsburgh and DC was stressful, as was the return drive home (dealing with DC rush hour traffic -- ick). One big bag each for the outbound and inbound travel. I counter-acted this with an hour-long cardio session after returning home.

Hydration: Could have been better with this. I kept a full Nalgene bottle with me, but really don't like airplane or rest stop bathrooms...

All-around, it felt like one of my better-controlled nutrition balance attempts during travel. Any tips on how you handle nutrition on the road?

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