Whether it’s down the street or even cross-country, if you’re in our 20s and beyond, I think it’s safe to say you’ve embarked on a journey of U-Hauls and storage pods at some point in your life. Trying to establish what to pack and when, just how many boxes become “junk drawer” boxes, and at what point in your sea of packing tape and bubble wrap do you just throw your hands up and pray to make it out alive? All this to say, where do your food and nutrition goals go when home stability, goes down the drain?
How about this answer: stop overwhelming yourself and just put one foot in front of the other?
Tips to Stay on Track with Your Diet While Moving
Whether you’re moving due to a beautiful life upgrade or perhaps because of unforeseen circumstances, take a breath and realize your life is going through a change. A change worthy of flexibility and grace from yourself.
Meal planning and prepping are perhaps one of the biggest blessings to couple with a large life change such as moving. Incorporating the predictability of what to eat and just how much lends itself to success.
Here’s what a sample day’s worth of meals looked like while I moved cross-country:
- Dry instant oatmeal with protein powder and peanut butter
- Pro tip: I placed all my dry ingredients in a plastic bag and carried one glass Tupperware container, to minimize dirty dishes. Almost any gas station will come equipped with filtered water and a microwave, as well as plenty of utensils, so mix all your dry ingredients together and voila--a healthy breakfast is literally at your fingertips.
- Trifecta chicken breast, mixed veggies, and brown rice
- Trifecta salmon, kale, and Brussel sprout salad with quinoa.
- Pro tip: If you choose to cook your quinoa at home, try and cook it to an al dente consistency. Then create a little well in the middle and add a splash of water before reheating in the microwave. This will keep the quinoa fluffy and super tasty!
- Low sugar fruits, like melons and berries. For me, during stressful seasons in my life, I tend to have a gnarly sweet tooth, so counteracting this with a bit of sweetness that doesn’t amp up my blood sugar has proven to be a useful tool in keeping me and my goals on track.
- Mixed nuts
- Casein Protein bar with a glass of almond milk before bed
- Pro tip: try to have a carb source (fruit), fat source (mixed nuts) and a protein source (protein bar) on hand for when you do travel. This will make it easier to play “Tetris” with your macros, if you follow that approach, or even give you a bit of variety to satiate those pesky cravings.
*I prepped at a friend’s house the night before I made my trek. I made sure to keep out enough Tupperware to fulfill my week’s worth of needs, as well as a cooler, and packed everything else away.
For me, Trifecta A La Carte foods and meals have been the most amazing blessing. I’m both a creature of comfort but also notorious for needing flexibility. While traveling/ moving, these individually portioned meals with respective macronutrient elements of: carbs, protein and fat, have allowed me to deviate slightly if I’m feeling the itch. I.e.: I’d rather have a burger for lunch? Well, I can easily substitute the chicken breast and rice for an equivalent ratio of protein and carbs; however, I’ll keep the mixed veggies for my fiber and...well...veggies!
To view meal plans that will make it easier to stay on track at all times: