We know how it goes: You travel to different healthcare assignments every 13 weeks. You’re constantly on the go and your healthy eating habits seem to go, well, away.
Read below for some tips on how to eat healthy even when you’re in the go-go-go throws of a traveling assignment.
- See if you can cook an entire week’s worth of meals on one of your days off. This can really help ensure you don’t grab a burger at McDonald’s on the way home from your shift, or grab the lasagna at the hospital’s cafeteria.
- If you can’t cook multiple meals in one day, try to at least plan your list of meals and shop for all of them one day a week. This can make it more convenient for you and will help you skip the cafeteria line or drive-through.
- Pack healthy snacks before you head to bed each night so you can grab them before you start your shift the next day.
- Take some time to cut up healthy veggies and place them into bags you can take with you to work. When you’re hungry and you want to just “grab” a snack, it will be just as easy to grab a healthy snack rather than cookies.
- Crockpots are wonderful things. Put in your choice of meat, marinate it or place a soup mix or sauce in it. Add your favorite veggies and cook on low while at work. Your dinner will be waiting for you – literally – when you get home.
- Make your own trail mix for snacking. Buy peanuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and mix together. Your homemade mix will be healthier than the vending-machine kind.
What are some of your healthy eating tips for travelers? Experienced travelers, we need your tips. What’s worked for you? What’s your go-to healthy meal?
If you’re an experienced (one or two years) RN, OT, PT, speech therapist or pharmacy professional, and have a yen to see the country, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have hundreds of traveling assignments at hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other healthcare centers all across the country. Contact us today to learn more.