Last month, when I was traveling to St. Augustine, Florida, I wrote about snacks that every flexible dieter should pack for the road.
This weekend, I’m headed to Atlanta for The CrossFit Regionals! (If you see me or my husband, Pete, walking around in our black and teal The Barbell Press t-shirts, please stop us and say hello!).
While I was pretty successful at maintaining my weight while in Florida, my approach for this trip is going to be slightly different. I’ll be staying in a hotel rather than at a friend’s home. That means I’ll dining out for many meals instead of picking up groceries and preparing food myself. Though I’m pretty good at estimating macros in meals, my food coach has challenged me to tighten up the reigns and be better about hitting my numbers. Trip or no trip, I’m up for the challenge.
Yesterday, I ordered a few tools through Amazon Prime that should be waiting for me when I get home from work. These will help me to be more accurate about my tracking of both my nutritional intake, and my weight.
Because I’ll be dining out, I ordered a spoon that works as a food scale. I’ve always guessed at portion sizes when eating at restaurants because bringing a giant food scale in my purse strikes me as more insane dieter than flexible dieter. This spoon scale is a better option. It’s small enough to be inconspicuous and now I can track my portion sizes instead of guessing at random.
I’ve been known to pack my giant bathroom scale for road trips, but with a year of travel in my future (more to come on that soon!), I need to reduce weight in my luggage. If I was going on a weekend trip and missing a weigh in or two, I would be okay with that, but some of my upcoming trips are going to be as long as five weeks. I can’t afford to skip five weeks of weigh-ins so I’ve ordered this mini bathroom scale. It’s small enough for my travel backpack and won’t add a ton of excess weight which can be problematic when flying.
A friend at my box has this shaker, and it’s simplicity is ingenious. Like any real weightlifter, I’ll be visiting other gyms on my travels (excited to train at Coffee’s Gym this week!) so I’ll need to take both pre-workout and protein with me. Since I’m all about traveling light, I’ll be using a drawstring bag for the gym and can only carry essentials. This cup is one essential as it allows me to make my pre-workout and my protein shake in the hotel room (weighing everything out with my spoon scale of course) and bring them in just one shaker.
For my shakes, I use Earth Fed Muscle products because they are gluten free and made with simple, clean ingredients. My absolute favorite flavor is the Strawberry Whey which is made with non-gmo freeze dried strawberries. (EFM is offering 5% off its products with the code: BARBELLPRESS at checkout.)
Hopefully, your upcoming year is filled with at least some travel. Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, allows for personal growth, and is necessary for recharging one’s batteries. Flexible dieter or not, it’s incredibly important to try new things and that includes sampling local cuisine (See: Flexible!). I’m not advocating being so strict that your diet becomes greater than your experience, which is the very purpose of travel, but I do believe that it’s possible to follow a flexible diet while allowing for some indulgence. I can’t stress this enough.
Remember: A diet that is too rigid is one that will not last. So equip yourself with some tools that will allow you to control that which you can while on vacation. For the rest, remember that this is real life and it must be lived!