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How to eat well when travelling on business

If you travel regularly for business, you will be more than well aware of the challenges of eating regular, healthy meals. It is so easy to grab high calorie treats, junk food or simply book into restaurants for every meal. So, here are a few tips to keep you on track with your eating habits, next time you are away on business…

Eat breakfast
Start the day as you mean to go on, with a “proper” breakfast. You know, the one your parents always told you to eat. They were right … eating breakfast really does set you up for the day. Opt for healthy choices such as poached eggs, natural yoghurt, fresh fruit or porridge to give yourself the best possible start to your working day.

Pack your own lunch
If you are staying in a serviced apartment, then planning, preparing and packing your own lunch can be an easy and pleasurable experience. Shop locally and stock up your fridge freezer, selecting the foods you love to create portable, nutritious meals which energise you for the afternoon ahead.

Eat little and often
There is nothing worse than sitting in a meeting having had a huge lunch. Not only can it cause bloating and unnecessary gas (!), it can leave you feeling tired and less motivated throughout your afternoon meetings or work schedule.

Stay hydrated
When you are away from home, it can be more challenging to stay hydrated. Air travel and car travel can mean that there is not easy access to water, so carry a water bottle with you or take regular comfort breaks. The NHS recommends that you drink 1.2L of water every day. Do not allow this to be compromised when you are away on business, as it will impair your concentration, cause fatigue or headaches.

Cook nutritious evening meals
The great thing about serviced apartments is the fact that you have a fully equipped kitchen with all mod cons. This helps you plan ahead and select the meals you want to eat, control your calorie intake and if you want to, entertain others. After all, it is just like being at home.

Eating out
If you are eating out with business associates, friends or even on your own, then select your food based on how it is prepared. Look out for meat, fish and poultry that has been grilled, poached or steamed and try and avoid food which has been deep fried.

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