Business Dining

Stress Relief Tool – Be Mindful of Food on Business Trips

Business travel can predispose you to making poorer nutritional decisions, putting unnecessary stress on your body.

One of the perks I enjoy when I travel is the variety of food options in the various cities I visit. However, that used to come with an unexpected cost that I couldn’t expense to my company. I noticed that my waistline had often expanded by the time I got back from any trip that lasted more than a couple days. I realized that I had to be mindful of what I was eating while on business, especially after my emergency room/intensive care unit visit, and I suggest you do the same to limit unnecessary stress on your body.

First, you simply need to be aware that business travel can predispose you to making poorer nutritional decisions. The steak with fries and a late-night cocktail at the hotel bar might seem justifiable as a reward for acing a long day of client meetings. But research finds that restaurant food contains more calories per serving, is higher in total fat and saturated fat per calorie, and contains less dietary fiber than meals prepared at home. Research also suggests that the higher calorie content of restaurant food is compounded by chronic stress, like that caused by frequent business travel, which is linked to preferences for even more high-calorie foods.1

A great way to be mindful of this is to carry a copy of the restaurant edition of Eat This Not That!2 that can help you make meal decisions when it isn’t obvious what the right choice is from the menu.

If you think twice about having that late evening heavy meal, your body will appreciate it.

  1. Rundle, A. – Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.
  2. Zinczenko, D. – Eat This Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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