Worried about staying "on track"?
( First of all, what is "off track"? If you're enjoying the moment with food and not feeling guilty about it afterwards, I'd say you're still on track. Read more about this here. )
It is important to incorporate some healthy, clean practices - especially early in the day - so you feel your best!
If you start the day eating terribly, you might end feel bloated all day long.
I don't want to feel bloated. I want to have fun with my family, even if I'm eating the pumpkin pie.
I'm definitely eating the pumpkin pie.
Try to keep it simple during the meals that don't matter to you. Breakfast, lunch, snacks - in my eyes - they are all meals that you can have control over and eat what YOU want, not what mom has ready for you (or the hotel has in it's buffet). Trust me, ma' will understand.
Begin your day with LOTS OF WATER to keep you digestive system happy. Include warm lemon water after chugging a few early cups (hotel? ask for lemons and hot water...they have both!)
Move on to something rather easy to digest: a green smoothie if possible (hotel? ask if they can make you a green smoothie using greens/fruit they have in house), fresh fruit, or oats (with water or nut milk, and any decent toppings you can find like nuts, seeds, or dried fruit).
Bring something with you. I like bringing hemp seeds when I travel because I know that 3T of the is 10g of protein if I'm ever stuck. (great for oatmeal, which I know most places/people have) I also love single-serve dried greens packs which I can easily add to water to make sure I get my greens if there is no smoothie option.
(2) Lunch + Dinner
Start green. If having a larger meal, start it with a green salad or veggies to provide some enzymes for digestion.
Keep it simple where you can. If staying with someone, I don't want to bring too much of my own food, so I focus on basics that I know will satisfy: brown rice or quinoa paired with greens, avocado, and (sometimes) an egg. Top it with....whatever: salad dressing, hot sauce, salsa, balsamic, homemade pesto leftover in the fridge...
DUH. Necessary. Healthy snacks keep you full, happy, and hopefully away from mindless eating. They should be intentional snacks - "I'm going to pack these nut-butter filled Figgy Pops for after dinner because they are sweet" or "Definitely want dried mango to chew on while I'm HANGRY in the car waiting in traffic to get to mom's house."
Here are some of my favorite snacks:
Raw veggies with guacamole or hummus
Trail mix with cashews, almonds, dark chocolate and Made in Nature dried cranberries
Pumpkin seeds toasted with garlic and paprika
Almond butter or peanut butter with apples (or bananas), topped with dark chocolate and coconut
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This post was sponsored by Made in Nature, but all opinions are my own!