As a medical professional, you understand how important it is to eat healthy and take care of your body, but when you travel, it can be difficult to maintain a wholesome eating plan. When your body is not at its peak, it can be difficult to perform well at your job and your patients are counting on you to meet their needs. There are several travel habits you can adopt that will keep you in tip-top shape and these snacks and meals are highly adaptable to any travel situation. After all, if you can’t store or prepare the food “on the go” it won’t be helpful.
Foods to Eat
There are obvious healthy foods and ones that should be avoided; as someone in the healthcare industry, you probably have that figured out which one is which but what if you have to grab something while traveling? Some options are better than others so here are some quick tips:
- Never go with the bigger sizes. When given the option to “make it a large” or “super-size” your meal, don’t do it. Opt for the small meals or even a kids’ meal to keep your caloric intake lower if you are out of options for healthier foods.
- Avoid add-ons such as cheeses or extra sauces. Keep your plate simple and as colorful as possible, which translates to more fruits and vegetables.
- Prepackage your snacks. When you are in one location for a day or night, take a minute to pack up some snacks. Use your own bags or containers and buy the items in larger quantities and portion them out for the day and week. Anytime a snack is prepackaged by a company, there are additives and chemicals added to maintain freshness which you can minimize by packing snacks on your own.
- Travel with snacks that are organic, low in salt, and low in sugar. The best options are foods like nuts, raisins, vegetable chips, and fruit. If you have the opportunity to bake or cook ahead, consider making healthy muffins, cookies, and even granola bars. When you control the ingredients, you can substitute healthier options to create a more ideal snack.
- Visit a grocery store deli department to find salads, sandwiches, and other healthier options. Some stores have salad bars and options for meals that are freshly prepared and are a smart “fast food” alternative. Many come in leak-proof containers so they can be eaten at a later time in the day.
- Invest in a cooler. Either a small hard-shell cooler or soft one that can travel with you to hold food and drinks. Your energy levels will decrease without the right amounts of protein and hydration and your work will suffer. Always have water and non-sugared drinks in your bag or vehicle.
As a medical professional, your job can be draining as you travel to various facilities or patient locations throughout the week but it is also very rewarding. If you want to begin an exciting career as a travel nurse, contact Elite Medical Staffing to learn about the many opportunities available. You can enjoy seeing different cities and experiencing diverse cultures while working in a profession you love.