Avoiding Road Trip Road Blocks!


I’m sure it’s apparent through some of my posts that we travel a lot! And travel can oftentimes mean extra calories, unfortunately. I mean, please tell me I’m not alone when I say that I do get a little excited for gas station and airport snack breaks when on the road!!!

Although sometimes it feels like we’re away from home more than we’re at home, we try all we can not to let all those miles we log derail our healthy eating plan. Here are 5 simple tips to help keep your nutrition goals on the right track so the only extra weight you bring home is in the form of those memorable souvenirs!

  1. Pack and take nonperishable items with you. Some of our faves: protein powder, fruit, veggies, protein bars, and nuts. Be sure to pre-portion out those snacks like nuts and healthy popcorn, so you don’t eat the entire bag! #guilty…eek!
  2. Check out the local grocery stores at your final destination and stock up on proteins, carbs, veggies, and healthy fats. And lots of water! Don’t know where to go? Ask around—your hotel staff and taxi and bus drivers are a wealth of great information!
  3. If your hotel room doesn’t come with a mini fridge and a microwave, ask for one when you make your reservation or when you arrive. And then stock that mini fridge with lots of healthy options for you to grab and go or prep right in your room.
  4. Always carry a shaker bottle with you so you can make protein shakes no matter where you are. This is a lifesaver for us!
  5. Eating out while traveling? Many restaurants have nutritional info for their menus on their websites. Take a few minutes and plan ahead, and you won’t be full of regret after that last bite. If the portion sizes are large, split with a friend or ask for 1/2 of it to go! NOTE: Many fitness apps have great nutritional info for many restaurants too, so check them out!

Following these 5 simple tips might require planning ahead and creativity, but I can promise you that your nutrition and weight loss goals won’t also take a vacation while you’re traveling.



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  1. Liss Schneidewind - August 12, 2015

    How can Quest Protein Bars fit into the carb cycling program?

    • Team Powell - August 13, 2015

      Hi Liss: Quest bars can be eaten on low carb days, and count as both your protein and fat servings of a low carb meal. The key to knowing which bar is best for which type of meal (low or high carb) is to look at both the carb and fat content. If more calories come from fat than carbs, then that bar is a good option for a low carb meal. If the reverse is true, then that bar is a good option for a high carb meal. Chris and Heidi do recommend consuming only one protein bar a day, since it is best to eat whole foods whenever possible. Hope that helps!

  2. Pam - February 28, 2015

    Heidi & Chris, thank you so much for the wonderful ideas and support for a healthy lifestyle! I have just started carb cycling, and I love it!! I only want to lose a couple of pounds, but mostly, I want to build a more healthy life and get into better shape! I love the idea of a cheat day, but I do have a question! Is it ok to have a cheat day on a different day than is scheduled, like if you have a party to attend? Or, do you always need to keep it the 7th day of your cycle?

    • Team Powell - February 28, 2015

      It is okay to change your cheat day occasionally, but you don’t want to do it too often. We’re so happy you’re loving carb cycling!

  3. Kirstin - February 27, 2015

    We travel quite a bit for soccer tournaments…even if they are local we often have more than one game a day. We hate the idea of eating out every meal especially if there aren’t healthy options around. I always try to pack a bag with fruit, homemade energy bites or granola bars, sandwiches etc…saves us some money and we know that we are putting in to our girls foods that will fuel their bodies.

  4. Chad Pittenger - February 26, 2015

    You Always Bring So Much Value with your Blog Posts Heidi….I always love sharing your thoughts on health and fitness. I am a HUGE advocate of Carb Cycling since I learned how it works very well with me. I am asked all the time how I balance my health and fitness with my business life. I get alot of the credit to You and Chris. I am ALL about the Bode Pro Line. Appreciate You and Chris more than you know. Thanks for making a HUGE difference in the Lives of sooo many! Healthy Regards

  5. Jamie - February 26, 2015

    Great tips! I always take Primal Pacs, which are a lifesaver! Dried mango, macadamia nuts and grass fed beef jerky in the perfect portion size!

  6. Lorri Genovese - February 26, 2015

    Thanks, Heidi! Which protein powders do you recommend?

  7. kealykins - February 26, 2015

    I carried a small shaker bottle and protein powder on my last vacation, and I did not regret it! My biggest problem when traveling is that my fiance is perfectly content to only eat 2 or 3 meals a day, which makes it hard to fit in 5 meals a day. Having protein powder at hand makes it much easier to squeeze those extra meals in on the run (paired with veggie sticks and fruit or nuts) or at least tide me over until our next meal.

    Side note: I’m on week 3 of carb cycling, I’ve lost over 8 pounds, and it’s the first eating plan that hasn’t left me feeling deprived! Thanks for your help! 😀

  8. Bethany - February 26, 2015

    Any tips for when you’re on a Cruise?

  9. Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dots - February 26, 2015

    Thanks for these great tips! I’m not a frequent traveler, but I am on the go a lot, and at a job where a fridge isn’t always an option. These ideas are helpful for sure!

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