Last week, I was at the Team Beachbody Coach Summit, that was held in Las Vegas. As much as I look forward to this annual conference, one of my biggest pet peeves with most conferences is that the schedules are jam packed, the food options aren’t always the best to keep you on track and it is so darn expensive! This year, I got smart and made it important to stick with my goals – to stay on track with clean eating and to stay on track with my budget. I spent $50 total on food for 4 days in Las Vegas and was 100% healthy, satisfied and happy with my choices. I came back actually down 2 pounds, didn’t get sick, had tons of energy, and had a great time!
Here are my tips:
- Order Groceries Online: A few days before arriving to Vegas, visit http://www.vons.com and set up an account to have groceries delivered to your hotel. I stayed at the MGM Grand and it was no problem at all. Myself, along with 3 other people put our money together to order about $60 worth of groceries. Our list consisted of fresh fruit, cases of water, bread, peanut butter, crackers, cheese sticks, applesauce, plastic cutlery, dishwashing soap, and plastic sandwich baggies. We all ended up spending about $20 each on groceries. Also, you can bring some items from home, as well, if you already have them on hand, just add them to your suitcase. 🙂
- Pack Snacks: Once you have your groceries, create individual snack bags that you can bring with you along the way, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck in a workshop or meeting without having something healthy to eat or snack on.
- Make a Morning Shake: We used ice from the Ice Vending machine and one of my roommates brought a Single Serve Hamilton Beach blender and we used the fresh fruit and water/juice to create our morning Shakeology. As you know I drink it every single day, and this allowed me to stay on track. Especially in Vegas, where the air quality isn’t the best and I used to always get sick when I went to Vegas, this super packed daily dose of dense nutrition, was critical! I actually had 2 shakes a day just for good measure (one for breakfast with ice, water, and fresh fruit) then mixed the other with coconut water for a snack and extra energy boost.
- Splurge on Dinner: Instead of trying to run to grab lunch, which we didn’t have much time, so I stuck with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, some triscuits, fruit and a cheese stick, but for dinner, I was more open to splurging on a meal when I had the time to unwind and relax. These was perfect because most of the nights were parties and events where there were cocktails and tasty food. So I didn’t feel bad at all, especially because I had made great choices during the day.
- Stick with the plan: If you take the time to plan out your meals before, pack your snacks and lunches, you won’t fall victim of making bad choices. Yes, it could be tempting to skip the PB&J in the bag and head out with the rest of the group for a big lunch that you will have to rush through (which will make you feel worse as you are inhaling your food then running back to the workshops). But think about your goals and how you want to feel throughout your time. If you need help sticking with the plan, get a few accountability partners or people from your team, that you can eat lunch with in a cool place in the hotel or even have a picnic outside and get some fresh air (although the air quality isn’t the best) since you are stuck inside most of the day.
The key is that if you take a few proactive steps, you can stay on track. What are your tips for staying on track during convention or conference?