Tips for Eating When Traveling to the Race Venue

Having to travel to the race doesn’t mean sacrificing healthy eating habits. Here are the tips.

I often get questions like this: If you are traveling to a race, how do you maintain healthy eating? At home, we can choose healthy snacks that we can eat. But when traveling to a race away from home, sometimes we have no choice but to eat those around us who are less healthy. Here are some tips for maintaining your nutritional diet program when traveling.

Google first
Before arriving at your destination, find first on google a supermarket, restaurant, or cafe near the hotel. Now you can also see the restaurant’s menu through a website that reviews food. If your hotel room has a small kitchen, even better. You can shop for healthy food and prepare it in your own hotel room.

Wrap!
If you are going to fly away or take a long road trip, avoid buying food at the convenience store at the rest area or shopping for junk food at the supermarket at the airport. Pack some food or snacks for the trip. Bring bananas and apples (wrap in a zip lock plastic) or a snack bar made from nuts or fruits. If you have a food container that can be tightly closed, you can bring boiled eggs, boiled vegetables, and fruit salad.

Avoid it!
If you have to eat at a restaurant, they usually have a (more) healthy food menu. Try asking first. Just avoid the following foods:
1. Snack of bread. These carbohydrates make you full and feel tired. If you want to eat carbohydrates, just order boiled potatoes, mash potatoes, or pasta, which quickly become energized the next day and don’t make you still feel full the morning before the race.
2. Eat creamy and fried foods. This food will still be in your stomach the morning before the race.
3. Spicy and seasoned food. Just eat simple. Delay eating exotic foods after you finish the race.

Remember, you want your body to be full of energy at the start line, not a tummy churning minutes before the start gun is fired.

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