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Don’t let business travel ruin your health: How to eat healthy while you’re travelling for work. (hint: it’s all about planning)

You know that healthy eating is important. Learning how to eat healthy is a never ending quest.  How healthy is your diet? Are you interested in healthy eating? Well, you’re not alone…

Did you know that people are more interested in eating healthy than in eating worms? I mean.. what’s wrong with some crispy tasty fried worms, right?

Ivanka Menken - How to eat healthy while travelling for workA quick Google search showed that many people are looking for a way to eat healthy – it’s the first thing that shows up in the drop down list when you sears on ‘How to eat’…

Although I’m not sure how many people are looking for a way how to eat healthy, I did notice that there are many people also looking to eat healthy while travelling for work.

And I totally get that. The extra level of difficulty of healthy eating while being on a business trip is exponential. You’re staying in hotels or motels. There are business lunches and dinners, or perhaps evening functions with buffet style food options. And what about the travel itself?

The journey of taking a healthy journey

In the past 4 months I have been on a journey and have totally changed my eating habits. I no longer eat processed food, dairy products, animal protein and refined sugar. The main reason for this change is the fact that last June I was surprised by my doctor’s diagnosis that I had a large bone sarcoma growing that needed to be removed quickly.

While this sarcoma was benign (yay!) he didn’t want to take any chances so the surgery was planned and executed with lightning speed.

Once I recovered from surgery I started reading about the connection between nutrition and diseases an became convinced that while I though I was eating healthy, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

So I changed my diet to Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) – basically vegan without the processed food, refined sugar, oil and faux meats. This was 4 months ago and I haven’t looked back – I love the way my body feels and how much more clarity I have. But that’s something for a different article – this blog is more focused on how I prepare for a 7 day road trip while I take Horses-Store and Q-Linn to EquiFest – an event in Hawkesbury (near Sydney).

Eating healthy WFPB is super easy when you’re home every day.

When you’re home you have access to fresh food, a fully stocked fridge and freezer and perhaps… even somebody who prepares your meals. And to a certain extend you have control over your own schedule so you can take time to prepare healthy meals for the office, as well as breakfast and dinner.

But what about this trip? I am driving to Sydney from Brisbane while towing my horse float (packed to the brim with stock for the pop-up store). I will sleep in the float so it’s like being on a camping trip while still having to go to work each day.

The horse float has a little fridge and a microwave. I also have a kettle and a hot plate so I can heat up some food when needed.

Proper Planning Pays … especially when it comes to your health.

In previous years I would just buy cans of tuna, ham, cheese and lots of packaged (camping) food. Anything that would be easy to prepare and wouldn’t perish easily outside a fridge or freezer.

This year however, I have to properly prepare for this trip:


  • Chia Seeds
  • Oats
  • Soy Milk
  • Walnuts
  • Bananas
  • Coffee (no milk)

Snack food: Nuts, apples, dried fruit (yes high in sugar but also quite filling)

  • Water to drink during the day
  • Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

Lunch (which I will have to make in the float in the morning and take to the pop up store where there is no fridge or any cooling option).

  • Salad sandwich
  • Wraps
  • Dinner (slightly easier as there is a microwave in the float).
  • Brown rice with curry
  • Cooked grains with salad
  • Lentil soup/stew with crusty wholemeal/multigrain bread
  • Vegetable Lasagna

That’s all I’ve got so far… I will put some pre-made meals in the freezer for later in the week, and keep the salads etc. in the fridge to be prepared first.

What do you do to stay healthy while you’re traveling for work?