What I ate in a day: work travel edition

I got back last night from my work conference in Chicago. So I thought I’d quickly share what I ate during my full day at the work conference. I was hoping to stay as healthy as possible on this trip, especially since I didn’t want to feel stuffed or sick from eating food I wasn’t used to while on a work trip.

I started off the day, not with breakfast, but with a workout. I wanted to get into the gym and get my workout done before it got too busy (and so I could get some work done before the first session started) so I didn’t eat anything. I did have a lemon lime Nuun tablet in my water to give my body some electrolytes to get through my weights session. This was a totally planned move but it happened that I got my email that morning that I am Nuun Ambassador for 2018! Nuun is my favorite way to flavor my water and enhance my training so I’m super excited to represent them in 2018.

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After I got with my weights and elliptical, I did get some food in me. I had packed some dried oats and protein powder to eat post-workout so I made those using the coffee machine in my room. Of course, it’s all an estimate so I had way too much water in there. The oats were still delicious and the leftover water was like a hot chocolate (since I used a chocolate caramel pretzel protein powder). I had a cup of coffee in my room while getting ready and then headed down to get some work done.

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Of course, I swung by the conference breakfast to grab a small yogurt and another coffee for eating while I worked. I don’t normally drink this much coffee but I didn’t think there’d be any other way to get through the day without some caffeine.

For lunch, I walked to the Whole Foods a couple of blocks away. I had planned on grabbing a salad but none of them particularly popped out to me. Most were very low protein and high in fat, the opposite of what I was craving. Instead, I got some white fish in a wine sauce with artichokes from the hot bar along with sweet potatoes and chickpea salad. Super delicious, even though I was slightly cautious about fish from a hot bar. But it looked flakey and well cooked and it was!.

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Now, for dinner, which was the least healthy meal I’ve had in awhile. There was an awards ceremony after the last session of the day, and we got a free drink at it, so I had a glass of wine and got to catch up with my former boss. After it, my co-worker and I had ordered deep dish pizza to be delivered to the hotel. Because neither of us felt like walking the ½ mile or so to the restaurant but we wanted some pizza. We did make sure to add on chicken, spinach and tomatoes so it felt slightly healthier. But I stopped at two pieces, which made me full but not overly stuffed (which isn’t too hard when you’re wearing jeggings).

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And that’s a quick look at what I had while at a work conference. I felt luckily that there was a Whole Foods close by and a I had brought food so I didn’t have to worry as much about relying on restaurant/takeout food.