Eating Healthy While Living In a Hotel

  • iiheartwaves

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    Jul 19, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    I'll admit, i'm struggling.

    I'm living on the road traveling through Europe for a year, changing cities weekly. My hotels are company provided and there is nothing to cook with or store food besides an electric water kettle. Generally food goes bad the day of, and I can't cook anything. Fruits and veggies are very limited in most cities i've been to and again spoil the day after I buy them (which is great!)

    I've been eating out a lot because I don't see any other option, but obviously someone has to have been in my shoes before? How to eat healthy while living in a hotel ??? I'm dying to cook food again.
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    Jul 20, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    It's becoming more & more easier to eat healthy when 'eating out'. Even fast food places will let you substitute salads (for fries/chips) and milk/juice (for soft/pop drinks). Most restaurants will also let you substitute. Next time, ask the servers/waiters.
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    Jul 20, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    iiheartwaves saidI'll admit, i'm struggling.

    I'm living on the road traveling through Europe for a year, changing cities weekly. My hotels are company provided and there is nothing to cook with or store food besides an electric water kettle. Generally food goes bad the day of, and I can't cook anything. Fruits and veggies are very limited in most cities i've been to and again spoil the day after I buy them (which is great!)

    I've been eating out a lot because I don't see any other option, but obviously someone has to have been in my shoes before? How to eat healthy while living in a hotel ??? I'm dying to cook food again.


    What's up bro.

    I traveled alot while I studied abroad for a few months in the UK. I was a bit type A about eating healthy (with the occasional splurge) while traveling as well. Usually the hotels in which me and my buddies stayed did not have kitchenettes where you could cook your own food; however, after we arrived in "X" city and checked in we always located the nearest grocery store and somehow made it work. Of course we were in big cities, so it made it a bit easy to find a good grocery store.

    Hope you are having fun
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    Jul 20, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    just avoid the burgeoning number of American fast food joints that have populated the European landscape. Most of the local eateries use whole, unprocessed foods and most of them probably use olive oil or someting healthier than the crap in the US. As always, practice moderation.

    Plus, when I was in Europe, there wasn't a huge focus on side orders, i.e., starches and sauces. And, in the northern part of Europe, you shoudl be able to find plenty of fish dishes.

    More importantly, ask the locals. They know the right places to go and what to buy if any of the products might seem foreign.
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    Jul 20, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    I lived in a hotel for months at a time in Europe.

    Totally not my doing, but a collaborator set us up in a small family-run hotel that supplied everything. The only problem was convincing them that I wouldn't eat a four course lunch every day. There wasn't a "menu" per se, but usually a choice of two entrees. The same stuff every week, but pretty healthy. If I was working late, sometimes they even sent a boy across town with a meal packed in a basket! The only real draw-back to eating in the hotel was the cigarette smoke in the dining room at pretty much every meal.

    Another time, we found a "camp" that had small cabins to rent, with kitchens. We just went to the supermarket and bought normal groceries.

    Oh, also some cities have "market day" when the town square fills up with carts from small farms, creameries, butchers, etc. Find out what day it is. Some of them are amazing.
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    Jul 20, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    How about canned tuna, cottage cheese, soy milk, yogurts(greek yumm), outmeal, boiled eggs(Ive seen some markets sell them) protein bars, nuts and seeds, beef jerky and lots of apples, they'll fill you up icon_wink.gif
  • iiheartwaves

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    Jul 20, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidFind the local Walmart when traveling in Europe. You can buy a good-sized ice chest/cooler there to store food in. Walmart also has fresh produce and other healthy food. The prices are great as well.


    Haha I got on maps and typed in "WalMart" to see where the local one was just for laughs, It says the nearest one is in Florida icon_smile.gif haha
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    Jul 20, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    ohboy saidHow about canned tuna, cottage cheese, soy milk, yogurts(greek yumm), outmeal, boiled eggs(Ive seen some markets sell them) protein bars, nuts and seeds, beef jerky and lots of apples, they'll fill you up icon_wink.gif


    Canned tuna with mustard has been my staple. Most stores are only open 9-5 (which exception of some larger grocery chains) and I'm usually at work 8-6. So i'll usually buy food after work and put it on ice in the sink until work.

    Has anyone heard of some way of cooking meat in a hotel room? icon_question.gif Someone told me about cooking pasta in the water kettle, which worked amazing! Pre-made Deli meat is really overpriced, and raw meat is really cheap. I just need to find a way to cook it.
  • mz29xy

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    Jul 20, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    I run into this when ever I have to travel for the Army. Do an internet search for organic/whole food type grocery stores and restaurants before hitting every city.
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    Jul 20, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    GordonLee90232 saidI have to say that when I am on vacation in a hotel one of the things I enjoy the most is to order the room service and have my meals delivered right to my room and yes I also view it as a time to indulge a little bit so I usually end up eating things that I probably should not but I try to keep it in perspective that it is my vacation so I can treat myself a little.


    The op is on vacation for a year, you better be making some healthy choices

    Anyway just an idea icon_biggrin.gif
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  • fitone

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    Jul 20, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Don't follow jack blair's advice...no walmart!!! in europe or anywhere. their policies are abhorrent and their food quality is poor.

    most cities have small markets scattered around the city.
    Find a local market, buy the produce you need for a few days. You can have sandwiches made in local bakeries and control what goes on them. Yogurt for breakfast is a good option.
    Enjoy eating dinner in local cafes, they usually have prix fixed menus that have options that aren't that unhealthy. You'll look back on this time as an adventure, make it one.
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    Jul 20, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    Maybe you can buy fresh fish and try to sous-vide it in your kettle? You'd just need to locate some sturdy plastic bags. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide
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    Jul 20, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    i did the same thing, as my life as a traveling communications professional:

    Shopping:
    - find a grocery store or deli, even if its a small corner store
    - buy partially prepared food (e.g. roasted chicken, pastas, roasted veggies,...)
    - buy raw ingredients (e.g. salads, dressings, breads, cold cuts...)
    - yogurt, granola bars and dried fruit are great for breakfasts and snacks
    - get ziplock double-lock freezer bags to store extras and opened packages and bottles in your luggage
    - grocery stores in Europe often look much smaller and less ostentatious than those in N.America, UK and South Africa - i would often overlook them! keep your eyes trained for green grocers, small pasta shops that offer takeaways, convenience stores that sell jarred sauces and boxed goods.

    Tips:
    - make friends with the cleaning or reception staff in your hotel - they usually have access to a microwave or stove which you might be able to use.
    - for extended stays in hotels, dine at off-peak hours and talk to the chef and the wait staff about your love for quality food. my Mom was great at this when she was traveling with my dad on business, to keep herself from boredom while he was working. but it also meant that she would be invited into their kitchen to cook with them and learn their techniques! she became quite the foodie!
    - do you really have to stay in proper hotels? can't you find a hostel or a B&B? they will often have kitchen facilities for guest use
    - you're going to have to eat out now and then, and you just have to choose the least processed fresh foods available - avoid fast food crap like McD's or PizzaHuts.
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    Jul 20, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
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    Jul 20, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    I usually live in hotels with my job during the summer. This summer I got lucky and have an apt.

    When I stayed in hotels, I'd buy a two-burner hot plate from wally world, some cheap cookware, and a couple cheap plates...all disposable so I could chunk it at the end of summer.

    Saved LOTS of money that way, and stayed healthier than eating out.
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    Jul 20, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    ohboy said
    GordonLee90232 saidI have to say that when I am on vacation in a hotel one of the things I enjoy the most is to order the room service and have my meals delivered right to my room and yes I also view it as a time to indulge a little bit so I usually end up eating things that I probably should not but I try to keep it in perspective that it is my vacation so I can treat myself a little.


    The op is on vacation for a year, you better be making some healthy choices

    Anyway just an idea icon_biggrin.gif
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    Eggs can be hardboiled in certain kinds of hotel room coffee pots.

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    Jul 20, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    iiheartwaves saidI'll admit, i'm struggling.

    I'm living on the road traveling through Europe for a year,
    First world problem.
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    Jul 21, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    iiheartwaves saidI'll admit, i'm struggling.

    I'm living on the road traveling through Europe for a year,
    First world problem.
    You own property in the Cock Republic, therefore you're not allowed to refer to first world anything. That place is still "developing." icon_razz.gif
  • iiheartwaves

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    Jul 22, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    iiheartwaves saidI'll admit, i'm struggling.

    I'm living on the road traveling through Europe for a year,
    First world problem.



    Ha, hey! I'm struggling to avoid food that isn't deep fried or french fries. Location is basically irrelevant besides to know which tools may be available.
  • iiheartwaves

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    Jul 22, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    GAMRican said


    Eggs can be hardboiled in certain kinds of hotel room coffee pots.


    Amazing! Never even thought about that, thank you! icon_biggrin.gif