Food on the Move

Travel in alignment with your values by adjusting your eating routine while you’re on the road.

| February/March 2019

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Since I’m now traveling 120 days a year — roughly a third of the time, which is all I can stand — people routinely ask me how I handle eating healthy food while traveling. I’m actually writing this column while traveling to a speaking gig in New Hampshire. In fact, I do much of my writing away from home these days. I wrote my last two books while I was on airplanes. But back to food.

First, a disclaimer: I don’t have all the answers. All I can do is share what works for me, realizing that I’m a solidly built, over-60-year-old geezer. This is to say that my metabolism has slowed considerably since my teenage years.

With that in mind, my first tactic is fasting while traveling. The three-meal imperative is actually uncommon historically. Eating times are highly cultural. Most of us are social eaters — when someone is eating, we want to join them. And I hate eating alone. So if I’m at a hotel and my client plans to eat breakfast before they pick me up for the day’s activities, I’ll often fast. Over time, I’ve concluded that sleep is more important to me than eating three meals a day, which makes it emotionally easy for me to skip a meal if it means I can get another hour of shut-eye.



Fasting while traveling also sharpens my senses and keeps me from being sluggish. But I appreciate that “not eating” is an unacceptable answer for most. And my lovely bride of 38 years, Teresa, smiles and adds, “Now you see why I don’t like traveling with him.”

Even at home, I’ve cultivated a two-meals-a-day regimen, and I really like it. Just an apple or a slice of cheese between my eating times works fine.






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