Eating healthy at a Gas Station?
When every meal cannot be made from scratch along with all the perfect Paleo ingredient, what do we do?
Sure, I am all for preparing your snacks and bringing a cooler when you’re on the road and I do that about 80 percent of the time. But sometimes it just doesn’t happen in the real world. Let’s face it, we are not all being paid to have perfect bodies and some of the general public just doesn’t care about nutrition as much as us nutrition enthusiasts.
So what do we do when we are in Tim Buck Two and the only thing around is a Dollar General and a Gas station? I have been in these tough situation before and here are a few items that you can find at almost every gas station.
Let’s start with the beverage Isles first. Before reaching for a soda or a juice, look to see if they have any Coconut Waters such as Ziico Brand. Coconut Water is loaded with Potassium and only about a third of the sugar of Soda and Juice.
Next let’s go look for some protein options. Most gas stations I stop in now have Muscle Milk, Core Protein Shakes, Cliff Builder Bars, and Supreme Bars. Look for a bar with more protein than sugar if possible. If not go for it anyway. Trust me it’s better than the snickers.
Can we find any healthy fats? Most gas stations will have some small packages of raw nuts and seeds. Try to go with raw but if you cannot find them then roasted is ok.
Lastly look to see if they have any bananas, apples, or oranges. If they don’t look like they have been there for weeks purchase that instead of something packaged.
Remember this isn’t trying to be optimal but this will get you by until you can get to a grocery store or restaurant with fresh meat and produce.
If you are interested in trying some intermittent fasting then trying it when you know you will be somewhere without health options could be a great idea. Try this; eat healthy in the morning before leaving on the road. Bring a gallon of water with lemon and drink that until you get home for dinner. If you are going out for dinner and away from home for multiple days, then just make sure to order meat cooked with no oil, a potato, and salad with light dressing.
We may not be able to be perfect, but by using these principles we can manage our health in any given situation.
Yours in Health,
Jared Anderson/Reconstructive Wellness