Business travel can be a productive, enjoyable, and even exciting experience. The time
you spend doing business in other locations expands your business reach and scope and
broadens you as a person as well.
Getting skilled at business travel is a solid business
goal because there are skills related to business travel and being productive on the road
that is impossible to learn if you don’t get out there and travel.
Many of the skills associated with business travel have to do with how to live
productively on the road. This is especially important if you find yourself on a lengthy
The life of moving in and out of hotels, traveling by car or airplane, and the
stresses of the work can wear down even the most robust and experienced business
traveler. Maintaining a healthy diet while traveling for business is a serious challenge and one that really can only be accomplished with some serious planning.
You will inevitably find yourself eating in a lot of restaurants on the road and that kind of food does not lend itself
to a diet that is designed for weight loss or for a diet, you must maintain for Health
Reasons. Here are the simple steps you can sustain a healthy lifestyle
Communicate your desires
The first but biggest step forward to achieving diet goals while traveling is to
communicate your desires to your traveling companions. In a business setting, there is
often a lot of encouragement to eat and drink well.
Everybody is on the expense account so it is easy to overdo it. But if you let your coworkers and clients know you
have compelling reasons to maintain a disciplined diet, most of the time they will respect that and find ways to help
you be successful.
Don’t depend on restaurants for your meal
Another trick of business travel is not to depend on restaurants for your meals entirely. If
you can get out to a market early in the trip and purchase some fresh fruit and vegetables,
you can prepare some healthy food in your room to fill you up and keep you on track.
Then if you find that you must eat in a restaurant to discuss business with coworkers or
build relationships with the client, your appetite will be low so you can get by on much
You can also be a voice for moderation in the selection of eating establishments for your
meals. Obviously, fast food is not going to be a good choice for you. So if there is
A discussion about where to stop, you can vote for a place that serves a good variety of
meal choices including some healthy choice menu options. In that way, if you must eat in
a restaurant, you can find items to order that can be prepared in accordance with your diet
By doing this, you will be surprised how many allies you will find both in your travel associates and with those you
are doing business with at your destination who have diet goals but have not been successful because of the
temptations of life on the road.
Your open statement of intent to stick to your diet in spite of the rigors of business travel can be a
tremendous inspiration to them. Moreover, by building partnerships in your intent to live healthy, it is entirely
possible to take your business to a healthy restaurant or deli and allow the rest of the party to go to a place of their
liking. As long as this is done without animosity, everybody wins.
Avoid Alcohol and Snacks
Avoiding alcohol and snacks can be a huge challenge on the road as well. Very often in a
seminar setting or during a long day of discussions, the host company or office will
provide cookies or other snacks to help the meeting go well by keeping everybody’s
blood sugar up.
These snacks are going to be hard to resist. One way to help yourself in
that situation is to be prepared with your own snacks in your handbag to bring out to
substitute for the unhealthy food being provided.
While on a business trip you don’t want to go to your business meeting, eat, sleep. You can do some moderate
exercise like walking, yoga, etc. Nowadays most hotels have fitness facilities/gym, swimming pool, etc. You can
spend 15-30 minutes doing some exercise. If you are not a gym person you can swim or take a little walk to keep you
active and fit.
By thinking ahead about your diet needs and how you will provide for yourself while traveling, it is possible to
sustain a healthy lifestyle even during business trips.
By supplementing these steps with exercise and rest, you may find that your weather the trip much better than those
who abuse their bodies and find yourself more productive as a business person as well because you made the effort to
eat well on the road.