5 Healthy Foods to Pack When You Fly

Flying and health are almost never seen in the same sentence. Flying is dehydrating and makes you more susceptible to getting a cold. Airports have little to no healthy food options and the snacks on the airplane are even worse. It can be challenging to find a healthy snack to bring with you on your flight that meets TSA-regulations. As a Management Consultant, I travel almost every week for work and have had the unfortunate moment of getting my overnight oats and coconut yogurts taken at security. Instead of giving in to eating the unhealthy airport food, see below some healthy food options to bring with you on your next flight.

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6 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling for Work

So you travel for work? So do I. In fact, I get on an airplane twice a week, every week. I know the NYC terminals like the back of my hand. I frequent so often that the barista at Starbucks is convinced that I work at the airport. I change time zones on a weekly basis. I am a Management Consultant.

I came into consulting about a year ago as an experienced hire. As excited as I was about starting my new job, I was also completely worried about maintaining my healthy lifestyle. You eat out everyday? Networking happy hours are key? Is there such thing as ‘The Consulting 15’? It took some trial and error, but here are 6 ways I’ve been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while constantly traveling.

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Four Watch-outs When Eating at Vegan Restaurants

I’m not a vegan, but I lean towards the plant-based side of the spectrum. My favorite type of fast-casual food places are raw vegan/ juice bar type places. When I first started my job as a Management Consultant, I was disappointed that traveling every week for work meant that I would have to largely give up cooking. However, I quickly got over this when I began researching the raw vegan juice bar type places in my first city of work travel. 

I got into the daily routine of eating “healthy” vegan food for every meal. At first, it was great. I was trying all new kinds of vegan meals, getting great recipe ideas to cook at home, and eating delicious plant-based sweets that would require me so much more effort for me to make at home. I was ecstatic, until I started not to feel well anymore. I started gaining weight. I felt super full but was still hungry at the same time. I was lethargic. I was off. I wanted to get back to feeling good so I knew I had to make a change. But I wasn’t quite sure where I went wrong? I was eating at the most seemingly healthy types of restaurants I knew. Shouldn’t I be feeling great? I took a step back and made a few observations at what I was eating. These learnings have helped me flag certain items on the menu and have enabled me to order more wisely.

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