Nutrition is one of those aspects of our health that we can control. That doesn’t necessarily mean bringing your Tupperware meals to your family gathering, and counting every single macro. Or not participating in the fun dishes your family brings to pass.
Personally, my family is a family full of eaters. My Aunt’s and my mom bring incredible dishes and food to our family outings. We could sit around a table of food for hours just talking, eating, and enjoying each other’s company.
But what about the weekends when you don’t have much time at all to eat good quality meals? Or what if you’re working and can’t eat some of what’s provided for you?
I have a very simple diet because of some health restrictions. I can’t eat eggs, or cheese as they induce pretty awful migraines for me. I am a vegetarian, so no meat, and I stay away from soy. Yes, that sounds like a lot of stuff I can’t have. But it just forces me to plan ahead when I am not at home to make myself my meals.
Over the past few years I have figured out what works for me and what doesn’t. In figuring out my strategy for long weekends, or weekends where I am working an event most of the day, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve come up with:
1. Plan ahead.
This weekend, I was working a wedding that had phenomenal food, all of which I couldn’t have. In knowing this I cooked a bunch of veggies, made myself a green shake, and packed 2 handfuls of almonds and macadamia nuts. Before I had to set-up I ate my cooked veggies. Then, as I got closer to dinner time, I had my green shake, which was easy, no mess, and satiating. Finally, when I started to feel like I was getting too hungry, I snacked on my almonds and macadamia nuts to keep me at an even keel. If I wasn’t prepared I would have been starving, grumpy, and wouldn’t have made it through the day without eating something that I know wouldn’t have agreed with my system.
2. Make sure you have enough water.
Sometimes hunger pangs hit you because you haven’t had enough water. Something as simple as making sure you have enough water on hand all day can help with hunger. This weekend was hot and humid, so it made it that much more important to stay hydrated. Grab a reusable 32 ounce Nalgene bottle, or other water bottle, and continue to fill it throughout your day. Try and get at least 2.5 to 3 of these in for the day. When it’s hot, humid, and you’re moving around a lot it’s especially important to increase your water intake. Hydration is huge.
3. Bring snacks just in case.
Most people can go to any event, gathering, wedding etc. and eat everything on the menu just fine. But just in case you get to your event and there are things you don’t like, or don’t want, have some snacks on hand just in case. For me, the wedding that I was working this weekend had some ridiculous weather so things got pushed back, delayed some, and things were out of order. This was no one’s fault, but we all know that weddings don’t go according to plan. In the event that this happens to you, try and having something on hand that’s easy, simple, and satiating to get you by.
My personal favorites are nuts and seeds, a trail mix would be great, carrots, or anything else that can fit in a snack bag.
Diet and nutrition aren’t perfect. Even planning ahead and packing food ahead of time can have it’s ups and downs. But, if you pack a few things in advance, make sure you have enough water for the day, and pack some snacks in the event the timeline of the day goes long, you will be in great shape!
You have this!
As always, keep working hard!
Megan Williams Training