Whether I’m traveling for work or play, I step on an airplane and my brain automatically goes into vacation mode. And we all know the best part of being on vacation is being able to eat whatever you want. To add to this loss of control, long layovers and delayed flights can cause a girl to get hungry and make irrational diet decisions. I’m the world’s worst at giving into my cravings and eating an entire bag of hot fries while I wait for my next flight. But I know if I want to stay on the health train and be successful in maintaining a good diet, I have to figure out a way to avoid the airport weight gain.
On my last trip to Birmingham, Ala., a few weeks ago, I made it my quest to check out what options the Birmingham airport offered me before I departed back to Las Vegas. After a few seconds searching in the candy aisle, I realized there have been healthy (and even tasty!) options right in front of me the entire time! I figured my brain was just overlooking them in order to satisfy an unhealthy craving.
Instead of choosing the norm, I’m proud to say this is the first time I chose to eat smart on the road. (This after the day I managed to consume every southern staple imaginable… fried chicken, fried okra, fried pickles, fries shrimp….you get the point!) Next time you’re faced with grabbing a snack on the run, choose the healthy option. At the end of your journey, you’ll have a clear conscious and feel more refreshed and energized than if you chose the junk.