Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil comes to the rescue of a busy business traveler whose on-the-go diet is high in unhealthy airport food.
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Jill McAlpin: Hi! My name is Jill and I work for a lovely candy company. I travel every week, I leave on Tuesdays and comeback on Thursdays, sometimes I leave on Thursdays comeback on Thursdays. So, I'm very busy. I'm rushing to get to the plane, I don't have time to stop and sit down and have a meal and make the right choices. I don't even know if I could make the right choices, you know with what we have to look at. I'm 50 years old, of course, as you get older your metabolism slows and you need to exercise more. If your not eating right foods, exercise really doesn't help that much. So, it has to be a combination of both and I realize that, and I need help on the nutritional part. Carolyn O'neil: Hi! Jill. I'm Carolyn O'neil, registered dietitian here to food rescue. Jill McAlpin: Oh! Carolyn O'neil: I understand that you're having some challenges, you travel every week for business, you got some health goal. So, I'm here to help you set a course for healthier diet and lifestyle while you're on the road. Jill McAlpin: Thank you. Carolyn O'neil: So, let's get started. Jill McAlpin: I'm ready. Carolyn O'neil: Well, Jill like so many business travellers, so it's really up against a big barrier. The challenge is they're trying to eat a healthy diet when you have limited on choices, but really tough. Now, I want to address some of the choices that you meet today at the airport. Tell me what you got? Jill McAlpin: Well, I got fried chicken. I had corn, black headpiece, corn bread, and sweet potatoes. Carolyn O'neil: Well, I'd rather see you get one of those chicken ceaser or salads often that are available again that the corn course places. So, you're getting the protein in a salad, which you need to stay in power, I, you know keeping your energy up on the road, but only use half of the ceaser dressing to control the calories. Jill McAlpin: I never felt that like I'm eating as healthy as I can. I do understand the concept is just applying that I have a problem with. Carolyn O'neil: You know when you go to the security, of course, you cannot bring liquids, but you can bring food. You can't bring you over because a lot of times it's just four ounce continuer, it's too bring, but you can bring cheese, you can bring crackers, you can bring your own fruit. If you want to eat healthier and you're business traveler, you're going to plan a head. You planned ahead and bought your ticket, you planned your meeting, you packed you suitcase, and less planned food choices in ahead of time. These are almonds, again a great snack there are 22 almonds in here, this is a single serving there is 100 calories. So this is what it looks like, it's always good to see what a serving looks like and this is enough. A little handful for snack just kind of bend-up those hunger pans. Also, dried fruit another great snack. And this is about a 100 calories worth of dried cranberries, again a good source of fibre and other nutrients. I put them together in this bag to make own sky trial mix. Female Speaker: The most of the snack, cookies, and crackers and chips that are served on airlines are in small portion control packages, but you got to look at the numbers of three ounces package of the potato chips. For instance, it just contains almost 400 calories and to burn those calories off, you're going to walk a 125 minutes. Jill McAlpin: Well, I actually do drink more water and I know I should drink more water, but I just feel like the colors give me a lift, and I need because I get drained at the end of the day. Carolyn O'neil: Dehydration is a major side effect of travelling, especially air travel because at 30,000 feet, you really dry out more quickly. When that drink car comes by why don't you order some orange juice with half orange juice, a half club soda? This cuts the calories in half and let's have as much sugar, it's very hydrating because I'm going to see adding more with the club soda, so half of the calories, twice the hydreation. Jill McAlpin: Oh