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DIETING ON A PER DIEM
Staying Healthy on a Budget While Traveling
By Cari Stear, CGMP
MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES is easy at home, but eating well and exercising while traveling and attending conferences; not so much. Doing this while trying to stay on a budget is even harder. Here are 10 easy steps to follow that will not only save your waistline, but also your money. 1. Pack healthy snacks such as almonds, crackers, protein bars and fruit. These are easy to take to your meeting and snack on during the day. 2. Drink water that is provided by the facility and stay away from the soda. The water will fill you up and also save calories. 3. If you are ordering off of a menu, choose the salad option with dressing on the side. This is often more affordable, and vegetables are always healthy and provide much needed energy. 4. Pack your walking or workout shoes and utilize the hotel’s fitness center. Even just a 20-minute walk on the treadmill will start or end your day perfectly. 5. Get up and move during the breaks and at lunch; it helps to get the blood flowing through the brain and body. 6. Skip the alcohol and dessert. By substituting water for an alcoholic beverage and foregoing (or sharing) a dessert, you
will save calories, increase the healthfulness of your meal and save money. Find a natural or local grocery store near your hotel. These days many of the bigger cities have great delis at their grocery stores with healthy and cheaper options than a restaurant. Ask the deli employee to walk you through the deli and point out healthy options that you can package up. Be picky. When you do go to a restaurant, don’t be afraid to make special requests. Order your meal cooked in little or even no oil, and exchange steamed vegetables for the typical side of French fries. When you order your entrée at the restaurant, ask them to box up half of it right away for you to take with you. You could use that leftover dinner entrée for a meal the following day if you have a refrigerator in your room. Or, ask for a half-order so you are not tempted to overeat. If you have a sweet tooth and are easily tempted by dessert, pack some small hard candies in your suitcase and enjoy one or two of those back in your hotel room to save calories. G
Cari Stear is a member of the Greater Oregon chapter.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2012
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Navigating the NEC Expo
Getting to Know You
Building Strong Relationships
What Do You Do?
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Spring 2012