Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”
Nutrition Tip #12: Travel Low Carb
It’s not uncommon for people to travel during the summer months or even other times of the year for work. Even if it’s for ‘oliday (said with a British accent), traveling can be stressful. This is why I lean more towards staying lower carb whether it’s traveling for work or for vacation. (about 1g/lb of bw or lower) Stress can lead to fat retention, so why add fuel to the fire? You’re also probably not working out the way you do back home, so the need for carbs is less. Also, you’ll probably be eating more often and have more calories per meal than back home, so keep those more towards the protein and fat. Finally, if you go into it saying you are going to stay lower carb, you’ll have a reason to resist that cake for dessert. (most of the time)
What does this look like? If I go to a traditional breakfast buffet, I’ll skip the pancakes, muffins, and pastries and eat eggs, bacon, and sausage. Maybe some fruit if it looks fresh. For lunch I’ll try to get a salad with some meat on it or meat and veggies of some sort. Usually it’s the same thing for dinner. If I’m going to have dessert, I usually go for ice cream that is gluten-free. Throughout the day I’m getting plenty of calories, but mostly in the form of protein and fat.
I’m all about living a little and staying around 80/20 or 90/10, but traveling can open the doors to being more like 30/70. Staying lower carb can help mitigate the temptations of travel and help you stay focused on your goals.