I’ve been travelling the country this year doing Eat for Better Business presentations for the staff of a company so that they can enjoy the benefits of better energy, productivity and concentration throughout the day.
Keeping control of what you eat and drink is relatively easy in your own home, especially if your family shares your enjoyment of good food. It can become a bit more tricky when you travel.
On the motorway, there is no end of unhealthy, processed snacks and meals readily available. Almost everything is full of sugar and vegetable oil and hardly anything is fresh. You have to search really hard to find a few things that resemble food. Instead of buying any if it, I take my own supplies. Cool bags are great. A typical lunch is a delicious salad with lettuce, sprouted mung beans, carrot, celery, avocado, a chicken drumstick and a hard boiled egg. I take a bottle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing too. The bottle is glass, like a half-pint milk bottle, with a lid and came from Lakeland Ltd – very useful.
In hotels and especially B&Bs, breakfast is often pretty good with muesli, fruit and natural yoghurt followed by bacon, egg, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes and mushrooms or porridge and kippers. Take care to avoid scrambled egg which is usually overcooked which will have oxidised the cholesterol in the egg. Less healthy items available include cereal, hash browns and baked beans (usually containing a lot of sugar).
On business trips the standard lunch is a starchy nightmare best avoided: sandwiches, chips, crisps, unidentifiable brown deep-fried things. At a pinch, I sometimes eat some salad garnish with the fillings from the sandwiches and leave a pile of bread on my plate. Ideally, I find a nearby supermarket the evening before where I can buy cheese, carrots and celery for the following day.
Evening meals vary. If there isn’t anything appealing where I’m staying, I find a nearby pub with a chef that uses local produce and actually cooks meals from fresh ingredients.
Top tip – on the road, a little planning helps a lot.