Primal Road Trip: Tips and Tricks for Staying Healthy While Traveling
two greater words in the English language?
probably. I mean, "free money," "Royal Rumble," and "grassfed steak,"
just off the top of my head. But work with me here!
loves a good road trip – piling your friends into a car, picking
a far-off destination, rolling down the windows, and singing Katy
Perry at the top of your lungs (no on the Katy Perry? Okay cool,
yeah me neither).
you have for putting rubber to the road, it's important to not fall
into the dreaded road trip trap that would make Grok
weep: a backseat full of empty Red Bull cans and Funyun bags, enough
candy wrappers to make Willy Wonka legitimately concerned, and the
flexibility of a steel girder.
learn how to turn your road trip into a Primal adventure that would
make Fred Flinstone proud.
going on a long road trip, you probably have a list of things to
- Clean out
- Get gas
- Plan the
- Pick places
to stop and places to stay
- Load up
the road trip playlist on your iPod
- Make sure
somebody feeds Spike, your pet cat/dog/tarantula
forgets the "plan out my Primal meals" part!
Which is why
you end up stopping at Taco Bell at 10:00 pm as it's the only place
open, which results in you spending the next day in cruise control,
curled up in a ball, feeling like there's a brick in your stomach,
driving 800 miles across Texas.
happened to me on my cross-country trip six years ago. Good times!)
you're going to road trip, it means understanding ahead of time
how long your trip is and what your current fitness goals are (weight
loss? mass gain? maintenance?). Once you've got these things planned
out, you can prepare ahead of time.
Here's a sample
list of Primal foods you can bring with you, with more Primal
– A bag of apples? Pears? Bananas? Whatever floats your boat!
Jerky – Not that processed junk you find at a gas station,
but legitimate jerky! If you're resourceful, you can even make
powder – Pick up some Primal
Fuel or protein powder, get a mixing container and you will
always have a meal. One scoop, fill up with water, shake, and
– I never travel without a bag of almonds these days, as they're
delicious, nutritious, and filling. They are higher in calories
than normal snacks and high
in omega-6s, so aim for small servings. Almond butter is a
great option too – a small amount spread across some apple slices
might be the best snack ever invented.
carrots and other veggies – Vegetables are fantastic
because they're loaded with nutrients and incredibly low on calories.
They fill you up the right way.
– Apparently this stuff is pretty important.
have a mini cooler, you can toss it behind your seat or in the passenger
seat and use that to keep your food cold and fresh.
this point I'll assume that you won't just be eating snacks for
the entirety of your trip...You'll also be swinging
through establishments of consumption called "restaurants."
the first rule of healthy road-tripping: If you're getting
food from a drive-through window, it's probably not good for you.
Instead, identify a few choice restaurants that you already know
have healthy options, and plan your stops around those.
The best method
I've found for healthy road tripping is using an app called iExit
which shows you how far away you are from your favorite restaurants.
Once you know which restaurants offer your favorite Primal meal
you simply check a box and they tell you when they show up. It's
also a great app for finding gas stations, clean bathrooms, places
to stay, and more. Well worth the $2.99 (though it's currently on
sale for 99 cents).
smartphone? Do the best you can with what you've got. Aim
for restaurants that allow you to maintain your style of eating.
late night driver? Try a Walmart! It's usually safe, open
24-hours, and often has a food section that allows you to grab a
rotisserie chicken and salad. On top of that, Walmarts are generally
very close to the highway and a much safer stop if you're road tripping
solo than a gas station or truck stop.
time to swing a bit farther off the highway? Look into
a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or other grocery stores. If it's open,
try out the hot food section, grab one of their Primal-approved
meals, and enjoy!
if your ONLY option is a crappy restaurant? Do
the best you can. Generally the grilled chicken options tend
to be the least awful and processed. On top of that, most fast food
places are starting to offer salads, fruit, and other healthy options.
The toughest part will be smelling all of the amazingly disgusting
unhealthy foods inside the restaurant. Instead, go through the drive-through,
pick the healthy options, and move on!
Your Stops Effectively
nothing worse than that stiff feeling in your legs, hips, and lower
back after ten hours of driving. You walk around like a
Lego character with no mobility for the rest of the day...not
cool. Let's try to avoid that.
the importance of wanting to get wherever you're headed as quickly
and efficiently as possible. I know that sense of accomplishment
you get from completing a trip in seven and a half hours when Google
told you it would take eight. Swallow your pride, my dear friend,
and spend a few minutes here and there taking care of yourself –
your body will thank you.
you're on a road trip doesn't mean you get to neglect your personal
well-being by skipping out on your workouts. Remember that ANYTHING
is better than nothing.
you're versatile (right?), which means you can work out anytime,
your workouts done in the morning before you begin your drive.
Yeah, you can do it at night once you get to your destination, but
I find that an early morning workout outdoors or in your hotel room
is much easier to complete than one after fourteen hours of driving.
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July 10, 2012
© 2012 Mark's Daily Apple