How Do You Stay Healthy On The Road?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 19, 2009


I just about froze in bed this morning. Oh my gosh, where did my summer go??? I was an icicle all morning. I kept pressing up against Eric for warmth. He hates when I put my icy feet near him. hahaha!!! My feet are always cold even in the summer. I guess I have OSGmom to thank for my poor circulation! ;)

I am currently writing this post from the car as we are on our way to visit the in-laws. Sketchie absolutely loves the car and he gets a huge amount of separation anxiety when he sees our bags being packed. This morning he sat in his bag by the door and meowed all morning!

Eric agreed to go on a run/bike with me this afternoon and I thought that was a great idea because where the in laws live is so beautiful and will be great for running. So I got to have a lazy morning for a change! We are going to do 6 hilly miles today and that will round out my weekly mileage at 24.5 miles. Next week, I am shooting for a taper week at around 10 miles.

I started off my morning with a shot of Broccoli Sprout juice. My new morning routine is to do a shot of this juice (or wheatgrass) on an empty stomach. Then as that digests, I steep my Sencha green tea and have that afterward. About a half hour later I have my green monster. There is no better way to start the day!!!


Let me tell you, if I thought the wheatgrass juice tasted bad the Broccoli Sprout juice was absolutely horrible!!! I almost gagged. Luckily it is over very quickly.

Hubby brought home some larger than life dandelion last night. :) I love dandelion in my green monsters!


I also have been having something new in my green monsters! I picked up this powder at the natural food co-op (where I also got the wheatgrass/broccoli juice).

Pure Maca Powder:


(Sorry for the blurry pic!)

Maca is a superfood from Peru that increases energy, stamina, regulates hormones, increases mental and physical vitality, and boosts libido.

Maca provides the body with many nutrients, including potassium and calcium (it actually has higher levels than milk).

The powder doesn’t taste great so a little goes a long way. I am really enjoying it so far. I have have oodles of energy in the mornings! The combo I made this morning was 1 tsp Maca, 1 T chia seeds, 1 cup almond breeze, dandelion + kale, and 1/2 a banana. So delicious and energizing.

After breakfast, I packed up some food to bring with us to the in-laws.

Can you guys tell that this picture wasn’t taken with my SLR? I can notice a huge difference now.


  • 4 apples
  • 1 cuke
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 tub hummus
  • 1 bag high protein pitas
  • water bottles (for exercise)
  • Teaopia Sencha green tea (Kristi sent me a huge box of Teaopia last week as a surprise!!!)
  • Amazing Grass wheatgrass powder (green monster to go!)
  • Mary’s crackers (not shown)

I’m often asked how I deal with visiting others and being a vegan. It can be very difficult to simply eat healthy let alone adhering to a vegan diet when traveling. That is why I bring some emergency foods with me to my in laws. I like being prepared.

They also encourage me to bring things and ask if there is anything I need (I always say no, lol). Because they are now family and we have known each other for 9 years, I feel comfortable bringing food when I visit. However, I can’t say that I would bring this if I was visiting someone I didn’t know very well. I wouldn’t want to come across as rude. It is a tough situation at times!

How do you deal with visiting others and trying to eat healthy? Does it depend on who you are visiting? Do you pack any foods with you or do you just wing it?


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Bronwyn September 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Usually I just wing it. Most of the time if I’m visiting people for extended periods of time they’re family, and they’re pretty understanding of my vegetarian ways, and are honestly pretty helpful.

How healthy I am/ try to be when visiting people really depends on how long I’m visiting for. The part of healthy eating I find hard is the rude factor. I don’t like refusing foods, or bringing up the fact that I don’t feel it’s healthy. I mean for a couple days I’ll eat junk food it’s ok, but after that I just want to be able to eat my “healthy” normal everyday food. Does anyone have a good way of refusing food offered without being rude?


Lara September 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

My in-laws eat very differently than I do so as soon as we land there I go to Whole foods and stock up on my essentials. It wasn’t always like this, I used to just suffer in silence and would wind up feeling so unsatisfied with food I would overeat on desserts and bread. Taking responsibility for my food has made a huge difference in how I feel about the visits. I don’t think it is rude at all to come prepared no matter who you are staying with. It is all about planning ahead of time. If I was hosting someone I would be mortified to find out a guest didn’t have food they liked to eat.


Lara September 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I don’t think it is rude to refuse foods you don’t want to eat. I just don’t make a big issue out of it and say “no thanks I have enough here” and be done with it. If someone insists on putting something on your plate just take a bite and smile and then ignore it.


Mellissa September 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I always pack snacks, and when are headed out of town for the weekend we pack a cooler full of fruits, veggies and beverages.


Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I definitely pack foods now. In fact I just went on a run and was thinking about what I can bring to a conference I’m going to on Monday. I’ll be at the hotel for 3 1/2 days with pre determined meals. And when I was at my in laws a couple weeks ago, I brought and then went and bought lots of food.


Jolene September 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Oooh this is a tough one … I would be a little scared to bring food to a person’s house I was staying at (I think). It hasn’t really come up yet, so I am not sure. Luckily my in-laws live in my city, so we don’t have to worry about this when visiting them.


Alisa - Frugal Foodie September 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm

hmm, I like wheatgrass juice, but based on your review, I may hold off on the broccoli sprout juice! That may be pushing it.

I have horrible circlation (hands go white in the winter – literally no circulation!). I have done cardio my whole life (running, soccer, etc.), but the circulation issue didn’t change. This year I added more of a weight routine (3 times per week), and my circulation has improved dramatically. It isn’t fantastic, but greatly improved. Just thought I would pass that on in case it helps someone :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

ohh thats interesting RE: weight training improving circulation.


Aoife September 21, 2009 at 5:08 am

that’s really interesting about weight training…I have terrible circulation and thought it was just something I had to live with!


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I usually try to wing it and just make the best choices. I’m fortunate, though, that most of my family and friends have pretty similar eating tastes and priorities to mine


Jenna (WholeBodyLove) September 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I never leave it to chance! I always pack food and most of the time that amount to a couple bags and a small cooler. I have learned to be prepared. ;)


angieinatlanta September 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I always bring things but it can be a bit awkward if I don’t know the people that well. I feel a little rude rejecting their food! And even weirder when I bust out my camera!

Oh, well, it is what it is, right?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

LOL @ camera comment ;)


Paige September 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Great foods to take along with you! I bet it does get difficult being a vegan at times.

I usually just take things like Lara Bars to snack on in case I get hungry when no one else is.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Girl, I’m a high raw, all vegan person myself. And I am gluten and soy free b/c I am intolerant/allergic. So, yeah, I must travel with my own stash of food or die :) Tons of fresh fruit pre-chopped in baggies, Sun Warrior protein powder, some raw snacky bar type things like Laras or whatever I have, and believe it or not, my next trip I will be gone for a month and I am going to bring my Vitamix….with me out of the country. I cant live without it for a day let alone a month at this point!


Kristin - September 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I’ve gone through lots of periods in my life where I’ve travelled to literally the back of beyond… many times finding the food options lacking… undesirable… or just plain un-consumable. The life of a rock doctor. :) I just plan ahead, assume the worst, pack what I can (ranging anywhere from fruit for the plane to supplements for weeks in advance) and eventually submit when and if the going gets rough. I recently discovered I’m lactose intolerant, but haven’t had to travel since. I’m sure all the tips on here will come in handy!


Barb Hall September 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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Jenna September 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Hey sweetie! Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

I *usually* just wing it, however, I always keep a few bars and pieces of fruit tucked away in my suitcase :)

Whenever I go to visit my mom or brother, they know how I am. So they ALWAYS stock up on healthy foods. They are pretty healthy themselves, so it usually isn’t too difficult.


Ellen @ Peace in Motion September 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I understand that feeling of wanting to bring food but not quite feeling comfortable. Its a rough line, but most people are okay with it once they understand that its not an insult to them. Have fun with the 6 miles!


[email protected] September 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

It depends on where I am going, but I always try to have some bars, Adora disks, and Amazing Grass on my while traveling. When we visit my in laws in Ireland, we go grocery shopping. Partially so I have what I like to eat, but also to help out with groceries and to not assume they will feed us for a week or 2!


Elle September 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

This is a very tricky issue for me. My in-laws live far enough away that we have to fly to visit and usually stay for a week. It is hard to bring much food on the plane. Plus my husband’s mother seems to enjoy cooking (she generally cooks all the meals for us when we are there) and I would not be comfortable getting in her way. But they are a big meat and potatoes kind of family and his mother has no idea what to do with my vegan ways. I am not really comfortable making special requests, as I try to blend in with my eating. So I just eat what I can and end up losing a few pounds. I don’t know what else to do? I would love to hear any suggestions from others who have dealt with this!!


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I always have some sort of emergency snack with me, which helps for short visits.

For long visits, it’s usually someone I know, so I bring stuff with me, and go to local grocery stores while I’m there.

I do make sure to eat stuff the host/hostess cooks/has available too though. I think it would be rude to show up and basically say, ‘everything you make is too unhealthy for me’. (Not that you are doing that! It’s just not the impression I want to leave :))


Michelle September 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

If it’s family or someone I’m comfortable with, I don’t have a problem saying something (nicely) or turning something down. If it’s someone else, who doesn’t my habits, I’ll usually take just a small amount to be polite. I don’t usually have a problem with it though. I figure that I usually eat pretty healthy at my place, so eating something unhealthy occassionally as someone else’s house doesn’t really bother me. My concerns come from eating a vegan diet. I’ve been vegetarian for years, but have been slowly transitioning to veganism for the past 4 months. There is some form of dairy in most traditional recipes, so it makes it kinda tricky when I get invited over for dinner at someone else’s house. I think it would be rude to point out that I’m vegan and expect them to cater to my diet. I decided that from now on I’ll volunteer to bring a dish to share, so I’ll know there’s at least one vegan option.

On a related note, would you be willing to do a post on why you choose a vegan diet? (Or if you’ve already written one, direct me to it?) I love hearing other people’s stories – why they eat vegan, how they made the transition, if there’s any non-vegan foods they miss, etc.


Jess September 19, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I second the request on a vegan topic post! I read your blog every day and I don’t remember a post about your decision to go vegan. I think it would be so interesting and helpful!


Denise September 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Do you feel that you can add the MACA powder to any Green Monster or will it alter the flavor????

And you may have covered this before but what are the benefits of dandelion… and how about the benefits or kale over spinach??? I’ve been drinking GM’s everyday for about 3 weeks now but am scared to stray from the normal one.


Ashley September 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I’d be interested in Maca, but I’ve read it can mess with birth control.

Now I don’t particularly like the fact that BC isn’t what I should be putting in my body, but it’s better then a baby (yes, I said it).

What have you read about it along those lines Angela?


Lauren A. September 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I just picked up some Maca at Vitamin Cottage and started to do a little research online and also came along a couple of sources that claim that it isn’t recommended for women on birth control. The sources were unable to claim whether or not Maca may counteract or interact with birth control. It sounds like there hasn’t been any studies done on the affects of Maca on women who take birth control.

I am interested in taking Maca powder for all the benefits, but if it alters the effect of my birth control, that is a hefty price I am not quite ready to pay. Any thoughts?


Marina September 20, 2009 at 3:46 am

this summer I stayed with my bf at our friends house. I knew the food will be a problem to me. So, I made my own peanut butter and bought some grain bread. This was my emergency food when I was starving because there wasn’t much food apropriate for me. Veggies and fruit were rare. When I got back home, I stuffed myself with veggies and fruit for a few days :D
I tried to be polite and eat what they were eating, but I also explained to them how I eat differently. They were actually full of understanding.


Shannon September 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

That is a tricky issue. I have IBS and am also looking into having a gluten sensitivity. Having a diagnosis has helped me feel more comfortable about bringing my own food or making requests. It also helps that I have amazing in-laws!


mountain girl September 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hey Ange,

I have read so much awesome stuff about Maca I couldn’t wait to try it. But every time I have it, I am all jittery with shaky legs a few hours later, and don’t want to be even touched and DEFINITELY don’t want to have sex lol! I have tried it 4 or 5 different times to make sure it was the Maca, and it always affects me the same way. I’ve tried as little as 1/4 tsp but the same. Have you had any of these side affects? I thought maybe I was too young, as it’s usually recommended for the age around menopause- but I’m 34, older than you. Any thoughts?


Amanda Binz September 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I just got back from a long weekend on the road and it is so hard to eat healthy when everything is site is fast food! Thanks for the post I was just talking about this with some friends!


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