Eating healthy is easy when you’re home — assuming your fridge is stocked with healthy options. You probably have a routine down. You know exactly where the local grocery stores are, where healthy items are located, and have a general schedule for when you do your shopping.
A System For Grocery Shopping & Eating Healthy
Nowadays, it takes me less than 20 minutes to do a full grocery shopping and fill up my cart. It used to take me over an hour to shop and get everything when I first started eating this way. I was going all over the store with no grocery list or real method to the madness. I would remember that I was supposed to get zucchini when I was already in the Seafood department and had to trek all the way back to produce to pick it up. But now, I have my system down pat. In the Mission Lean program, I make this super easy for users by creating a grocery list that they can take to the store with them every week and get everything that they need.
However, when you are traveling, staying on your healthy routine is much more challenging. If you are traveling for business, you may be at the mercy of a meeting or conference schedule and so completely not in control of your time. Hence, you may not have a lot of it to go and find the healthiest store around. You may just have enough time to grab whatever is available from the café downstairs.
Trader Joe’s Run Before A Conference In LA
I remember one time when I had less than an hour between arriving at the hotel and the first scheduled event of the evening… It was in Los Angeles, and it was going to be a busy 3 days. Basically, from that moment forward, I would not have a moment to myself from 9 am to 9pm. So what did I do? I sprinted the closest Trader Joe’s (there was one that was less than a mile away on Sunset Blvd.) and grabbed all the snacks that I could carry back with me and store in the fridge for the next few days.
I knew about the Trader Joe’s because I had already looked up the area that we were staying in and I focused only on grabbing food for breakfast and lunch. I usually missed hotel breakfasts because I spent the early hours working out and by the time I was done, it was time to head over to the conference.
Eating Healthy Is Easy When You’re Prepared
Conference food is known to be terrible. And I concur. I’ve never attended a conference where the food was stellar. So after going to TJ’s, I packed up sandwiches to bring with me and eat for lunch. They didn’t take up any space in my bag and were very light and easy to transport. Sure, it might have looked a little strange. But everyone else was complaining about how the food wasn’t good while I was happily munching on my sandwiches.
The only way to get and stay lean is to be consistent with your diet. That means preparing for times when you will not be able to follow your routine. By planning ahead, you can stay on your plan and get lean once and for all.
Jon Pearlman is a former standout tennis player at Harvard, ATP-ranked touring pro, and author of The Lean Body Manual. He founded Mission Lean to share his unique formula for lean body fitness and nutrition, an approach that took over a decade to develop and perfect. He is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.