I’m a mom of a tween and a teenager who both swim competitively year round.  There are a lot of weekends that we travel away from home for swim meets.  When I first started flexible eating, these types of weekends caused a lot of stress.  I felt out of control.  I knew that I needed to create strategies for these swim weekends in order for flexible dieting to work with my lifestyle.

Instead of letting the stress derail my goal, I changed my mindset…just because I’m not at home doesn’t mean I can’t stay on track with my macros so that I progress towards meeting my goals. I devised a plan:

  • Stay at hotels that have a microwave and refrigerator.
  • Bring prepped food that is high in protein for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
  • Save carb and fat macros for dinner at a restaurant.
  • Pack a variety of snacks to fill in the “gaps” for whatever macros I have left after dinner.

The picture above is what I prepped when we traveled to the 2016 Long Course State Swim Meet in Grand Junction Colorado.

  • Egg white omelettes with low fat cheese, turkey sausage  and lots of vegetables
  • Turkey taco bowls with ground turkey, rice, no fat refried beans, enchilada sauce, peppers and onions
  • Thai turkey meatballs
  • Overnight oats

Just because I’m not at home doesn’t mean I can’t stay on track with my macros so that I progress towards meeting my goals

Snacks to Fill in the Gaps

Whenever I travel, I always bring snacks to fill any macro “gaps” I have at the end of the night.  I usually do not know what restaurant we will be going to for dinner, so I leave myself a macro buffer when I plan out my day.  Sometimes, this leaves me in a situation where I have remaining macros after dinner and it’s especially tricky when I have a lot of one macro left.  Not only is it important for me to bring snacks, but I make sure I have some that are dominant each macro.  Examples:

  • Rice cakes (carbs)
  • PB2 (carbs/protein)
  • Turkey jerky (protein)
  • Bone broth (protein)
  • Peanut butter (fat/carb/protein)
  • Oatmeal (carbs)
  • Lower fat protein bars (carbs/protein)
  • Protein powder (protein)
  • Olives (fat)
  • Cereal (carbs)

Let me know your favorite strategies to stay consistent with your macros while you are away from home by commenting below or emailing me at info@fitflexnutrition.com.