Author: Lyz Cordon

Travelling and holidays, in fact anytime we’re away from home, are the times I find it most difficult to stay on track with my healthy eating. I’m working on lowering my body fat percentage and so am following the Fat Loss Nutrition Course which gives me a set of rules to follow. Most people it seems just don’t eat like I want to – I get so frustrated that every commercially available sandwich is smothered with mayonnaise, that’s not going to help me lose fat and it makes me ill! So, I’ve developed strategies that help me stick to my principles and stay healthy when I’m travelling…

On the road

Motorway service stations and petrol stations are a nightmare – although if you’re travelling up and down the M1, there are now a number of M&S outlets at the services which are a great place to refuel yourself. That’s where I head for to pick up a plain green salad, a packet of ham or chicken plus some fruit and a bottle of water – pretty much covers all my eating ‘rules’.

In the air

If we’re flying somewhere, we take our food with us. I’ve never yet found what I consider to be a healthy meal in an airport. I usually pack a raw veggie salad, some chicken, wholemeal pitta breads and bottled water (although obviously we have to ditch this before security and buy more so we just take a small bottle) plus fruit and nuts for snacking. A back up plan for nuts is advisable as I have been on one flight where they were banned because there was an acute allergy sufferer onboard.

Veggie & dip starter at La Grillade in Leeds + Kieran so you get an idea of the scale we're talking about here!

In hotels

Whether we’re abroad or at home I always find the nearest supermarket and buy a few supplies. Fruit is an essential as are a few veggies we can eat raw – carrots and cucumber typically – plus a packet of nuts and bottled water. If we’re looking for a cheap/picnic lunch we’ll opt for a bread roll with a packet of ham plus the aforementioned fruit and veggies.

Eating out

Eating out can be tricky anytime so I have fruit and nuts on hand to keep me going, pre-eating gives me time to make good choices at restaurants i.e. I’m not so hungry I’ll eat anything. We’ve found a good option for a ‘treat’ starter is bread and olives with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We often have this as a snack when we’re staying in a hotel and sometimes at a bar when having a pre-dinner beer!

Visiting friends and family

For me, visiting friends and family can be the biggest test of all. There’s the added pressure of not wanting to offend people by not eating the food they’ve prepared. I’ve learnt the hard way though – there are foods that I can’t eat because they make me ill and nowadays I’m not prepared to eat them to save anyone’s feelings. I just let people know in advance and admittedly I am met with grumbles now and again because on my list are eggs and soya – that pretty much excludes all desserts and anything pre-packaged. Whilst this is great for me as it ensures I eat freshly prepared food, it can be a nightmare for people who’re more reliant on convenience food. So, I just reassure them that I’m used to not eating desserts and I’m absolutely fine with plain ole meat and veg!