Need help!! Diet and exercise during travel....can I do it???
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I am going on quite a long business trip out of the country in a few days...I will be gone for 3 weeks. I'm stressed and worried I won't be able to keep up my good work with diet and exercise during this period.
I will be in Paris for a week (oh, don't feel too bad for me!), then Korea for a week, then individual day trips throughout China for the 3rd week. Because I love French food and hate Asian food, I'm worried that I am going to overdo it for the entire trip - eating too many bad things, especially carbs. I cannot carry any food with me due to the length of the trip and the number of times I have to manage through customs etc.
In France, who doesn't love a freshly baked buttery croissant for breakfast? And a ham and cheese on a buttered baguette for lunch! And then, of course, dinner will only start at 8pm, last for 3 hours and include multiple glasses of wine (probably Sancerre)! Plus, countless cups of cafe au lait to keep me alert and motivated to get my work done at the shows during the day.
In Korea, I really don't like any Korean food, so I tend to eat a huge breakfast and suffer the rest of the day until dinner-time, which is certainly a dinner out with vendors. In Asia, cold vegetables, like a salad are nearly impossible to come by. In the past, I relied on steamed rice, but I've been trying to lay off the carbs..so I don't know if I should revert to this alternative or not? And, it's not like Western countries where you can ask for "plain" anything - they just don't get it...everything is loaded with garlic and sauces. Yuck, double yuck.
And, all the flying in between - so many meals are actually on planes...and you know what kind of food that's like. And this is not the USA...requesting a special meal means a local speciality...don't depend on food you can recognize.
My schedule is so jam-packed, I also need to sleep every moment I can, which derails my 5:30am workout on the treadmill (not even sure if these hotels will have a gym).
Any tips or tricks for traveling while maintaining good eating habits as well as quick work-outs in the hotel room would be really helpful....if I can get in something, at least I will feel better about not falling off the wagon for 3 weeks.
Oh, and I don't have free weekends...if I am not flying from one country to the other, I am most certainly working...so when I say it's a long trip and the furthest thing away from glamorous, I truly mean it!
Thanks for your support!!