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Healthy Travel Food: What I Ate Living in a Hotel For a Week

By
Ellen Jaworski
on
July 10, 2018

Living in a hotel for a week can sound like a death sentence to the health conscious human. But it doesn't have to be one.

Living in a hotel for a week can sound like a death sentence to the health conscious human.

Removed from the sanctuary of your well-equipped kitchen, you're on your own, left to navigate the questionable tourist trap restaurants, avoid the temptation of the free continental breakfast buffet, and somehow, find enough high quality sustenance to keep your body and mind running at its best. 

It's a daunting task. And if you happen to be in some remote town in the middle of nowhere, forget about it - healthy game over!

This happened to me recently. I agreed to emerge from semi-retirement to art direct a week of "The Dan Patrick Show" on location at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, CA, with the full knowledge that I'd be living at the Holiday Inn Express.

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(The Dan Patrick Show at Pebble Beach 2018 - The set I was art directing.)

Instead of throwing in the towel on maintaining my healthy habits and resigning myself to a week of meals at the West coast fast food favorite, In-N-Out (which was conveniently next door to the hotel), I put on my travel hacking hat and confronted the challenge head on.

With a couple grocery store trips to Trader Joe's, some creative cooking in my hotel kitchenette, and a just 10-15 minutes of meal prep per day, I succeeded in eating nearly 100% paleo all week.

What I Ate Living in a Hotel

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(The Super Power Paleo Salad)

MONDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha (Foursigmatic Mushroom Matcha Mix, MCT oil, and collagen peptides)

MID-MORNING SNACK: Epic Bar (Bison), Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

DESSERT: 1/2 cup blueberries

MOVEMENT: Yoga (Day 1 of the Youtube series, Yoga with Adriene)

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(Protein Chia Seed Pudding on set)

TUESDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

MID-MORNING SNACK: Epic Bar (Bison)

Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Apple

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

MOVEMENT: Sprint Intervals

WEDNESDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: 1 cup blueberries, 4 slices prosciutto

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

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THURSDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, Ultimate Travel Breakfast: Protein Chia Seed Pudding

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips, GT’s Kombucha Gingerade

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: 1/2 Cup Blueberries, Apple with cinnamon

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

DESSERT: RX Bar (Blueberry)

MOVEMENT: Yoga (Day 2 of the Youtube series, Yoga with Adriene)

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(Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl)

FRIDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, Ultimate Travel Breakfast: Protein Chia Seed Pudding

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips, GT’s Kombucha Gingerade

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

DINNER: In-N-Out Burger

  • Double Double (Protein style, no cheese, no sauce, no grilled onions (contains gluten)
  • French fries (no ketchup or sauce)
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(Paleo-friendly Chipotle Salad Bowl)

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, Epic Bar (Beef)

LUNCH: Chipotle Salad Bowl

  • lettuce
  • Fajitas
  • Double meat (half carnitas, half barbacoa)
  • Pico de gallo
  • Medium salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Dressing

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips, GT’s Kombucha (Gingerade)

DINNER: Whole Foods hot bar

  • Carne asada (topped with Trader Joe’s vegan pesto, which I had in my cooler)
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • Glass of red wine
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(Paleo-friendly Whole Foods hot bar meal)

SUNDAY:

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, RX Bar (Blueberry)

LUNCH: Leftover Whole Food's carne asada (topped with Trader Joe’s vegan pesto from my cooler), leftover Whole Food's roasted brussels sprouts

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Epic Bar (Beef)

DINNER: True Food Kitchen Spicy Panang Curry (without the side of brown rice), glass of red wine

This is everything I ate - including my daily guilty pleasure handful of Trader Joe's banana chips!

My hope is that next time you're traveling for work or pleasure, living out of a hotel, hostel, or camper, you're prepared with simple ideas and easy travel-friendly recipes to keep your energy steady and your brain sharp wherever your travels take you!

Ellen Jaworski
Ellen Jaworski of Triple Peak Paleo Health Coaching is a globetrotting certified health and life coach. Formly a very busy full-time TV art director, Ellen now stays busy doing what she loves: traveling the world and empowering others to live their most vibrant lives. With her nutrition and lifestyle-based 90 day approach, Ellen helps busy professionals take the guesswork out of “getting healthy” by creating a customized plan to boost your energy, lose unwanted weight, and unleash your inner badass - for good! For more strategies to balance “busy” and “healthy” or to schedule a free consultation with Ellen, visit her at www.triplepeakpaleo.com, and follow her travels on Instagram (@triplepeakpaleo) and Facebook!

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