Since I’ve been traveling a lot for work, I’ve realized that healthy living on the go really requires just one thing:  PLANNING!  With a little research, it’s easy to squeeze in workouts and healthy meals, even on there-and-back business trips.  (Here are my tips for healthy eating in the airport.)


I’ll admit – this trip was easier to plan for because I’ve been to Williamsport before – I came to Pennyslvania College of Technology last April for an Operation Beautiful event.   But really – the key is planning ahead and researching hotels, places to workout, nearby grocery stores and restaurants, etc.  Otherwise, you get stuck or end up wasting a lot of valuable work/vacation time.


I did a bunch of research before booking my hotel and made sure to get a room with a fridge and microwave.  I stopped by Wegman’s supermarket (just like last time!) to hit up the hot bar.  Not only is ‘making’ my own meals healthier, but it’s way cheaper.


Last year, I complained that Wegman’s didn’t have organic yogurt, but a few local readers assured me that it did – it’s just in a special case in it’s own section.  I remembered this little tidbit and scoured the supermarket until I found it!


Guess what I’m having for breakfast?!


Anyway – here’s lunch:


I hit up the Asian bar for some brown rice and chana masala (spicy chickpeas).  On the side was a bunch of veggies.


After eating, I promptly passed out in my hotel bed for a power nap.


Another part of my hotel research was finding a hotel with a POOL


Swimsuit, goggles, and a swim cap take up a lot less space in a suitcase than running shoes!


Doing laps in the hotel pool was a little awkward – eight strokes and I’d hit a wall.  I kind of felt like a hamster on a wheel, but honestly – I’m so thrilled to be doing any sort of cardio (currently have an injury that prevents impact workouts) that I didn’t care.  I banged out 30 minutes with some breaks.


And then it was time for a Wegman’s dinner.


Dinner was from the salad bar because I realized it would be difficult to microwave a hot meal (nothing microwave safe to put it in!).  I made a big raw veggie salad with a scoop of a wheatberry and kidney bean salad + a boiled egg.


And fruit!


The actual presentation went great. PCT is super welcoming, and my new style of presenting (didn’t want to repeat last year’s!) went over really well.  


My Operation Beautiful event was part of PCT’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  They have so many great events for the week, like private assessments and a presentation about healthy eating for kids.


After my talk, we had a Post-It party and bombed a few bathrooms with tons of notes.




I have the earliest flight ever (5:55 AM) so I better hit the hay!



  • Isabella April 13, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Sweet dreams!

  • Abby April 13, 2011, 10:44 pm

    The post it that says “Why be like everyone else when you can be original” is my favorite! Glad you found the organic yogurt section–score! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 4:30 am


  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 13, 2011, 10:47 pm

    I do agree that planning ahead for traveling is key. Did you know if you call the front desk ahead of time and say you have “dietary restrictions” (whatever that may be) they’ll give you a fridge in your room for free, whether or not that’s their standard. I did that last time and it worked like a charm!

  • chelsea April 13, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Sounds like a super quick trip! It’s so awesome to show how to eat and be healthy while traveling. I always seem to let myself go.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 13, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Love all of your grocery store food — that is what we do when we travel too!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) April 13, 2011, 10:51 pm

    That’s awesome that you’ve hit a groove with planning your trips. 🙂

    I think Wegmans hot bar containers are microwave safe…. don’t hold me to that, but I believe they are. I <3 that store!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 13, 2011, 10:54 pm


    what a great example of healthy eating and exercise while traveling. Dining at a restaurant isn’t fun alone anyways so why not enjoy relaxing in your hotel room! So glad your trip is going well! 🙂

    Safe travels!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 13, 2011, 10:58 pm

    I agree with the above comment…way to go for having the dedication to do your workout even when traveling. I hope you have a safe flight home!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 13, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Have a great trip, and early flights…gah, it’s like why bother going to bed when your flight leaves at 555am. I hate those but you’re gonna have a great trip and it will all be worth it 🙂

    Love your healthy eats and working it all in to your fast paced, globe trotting lifestyle 🙂

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 13, 2011, 11:00 pm

    I agree that I’m such a planner when it comes to travel! A fridge is a necessity for me in hotels! Looks like fabulous planning to me. 🙂

  • Shannon April 13, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I love Operation Beautiful. I think it is truly incredible

  • Lacey @ Lake Life April 13, 2011, 11:12 pm

    Wegmans is my favorite store in the world. I’d never be able to live anywhere without a Wegs!

  • JenATX April 13, 2011, 11:13 pm

    I USED to plan for a healthy lifestyle obsessively in a way that was not healthy & actually brought more stress into my life… I was also doing it for the wrong reasons. Isn’t it funny how something can be good for you at some parts of your life, and then it can turn into something stressful?

    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 4:30 am

      Yup! Almost anything can be like that.

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 13, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Congratulations on another successful presentation. I love your tips for healthy living on the go. I’m still working on that. I love these posts they help so much.

  • Laura (Starloz) April 13, 2011, 11:36 pm

    i really love how you manage to stay healthy & sorted while away.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 13, 2011, 11:48 pm

    Loved seeing your meals while traveling – also on the lookout for healthy options. Safe travels!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 14, 2011, 12:26 am

    I’m so glad to see someone else who utilizes grocery stores when traveling. Everyone I’ve traveled with doesn’t understand how much healthier and CHEAPER buying groceries is 🙂

  • Heidi - apples under my bed April 14, 2011, 1:50 am

    Loved this post. Great job on the presentation! & good on you for persisting with the teeny tiny pool 🙂 lunch looks delicious!
    Heidi xo

  • Khushboo April 14, 2011, 2:56 am

    Good job on the presentation! When I travel, I pack loads of smacks. It beats settling on overly priced, often crappy-tasting food! Last week, I bought some sushi and salad on the flight to avoid eating the plane food- I’m pretty sure the other travellers envied my gourmet meal 🙂 !

  • Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy April 14, 2011, 3:13 am

    Great travel tips! I’m glad the presentation went well, its a great message to send to girls & young women.

  • Hats @ See How She Runs April 14, 2011, 4:48 am

    Useful tips – must remember them for my trip tomorrow. I always intend to plan and prepare but somehow I always lose track of time (or get distracted by the interwebs). Well done on nailing your presentation!

    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 5:24 am

      Have fun on your trip!!!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 14, 2011, 5:37 am

    Planning is so critical for traveling. You feel so much better when you don’t have to stray from your normal eats too much.. or completely abandon your exercise routine!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 14, 2011, 5:50 am

    Glad your presentation went well. I would love to hear you speak! Do you videotape your presentations?

    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 9:17 am

      No but I really should! Good idea.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 14, 2011, 6:22 am

    Wegmans is the BEST. I travel a lot for work (usually Tuesday through Friday every week) and a good grocery store is key. I usually do one grocery shop at the beginning of the week for snacks and lunch (I keep lunch to peanut butter and banana sandwiches usually because it’s easy) and then grab a grocery store salad bar for dinner every night. SOOO much better than eating out every meal!

  • Lauren April 14, 2011, 6:48 am

    We don’t have a Whole Foods but we have Wegmans so its the next best thing! Great tips girl. It is definitely possible to be healthy when traveling, you just need to get creative and plan.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 14, 2011, 7:16 am

    We always make sure there’s at least a fridge in the hotel. That is a great tip. We also go to the nearest grocery store and stock up. It really makes finding the time to eat something easier too. Sometimes things close in certain areas and you can’t find anything to eat. Great tips Caitlin! You are already on your way back home, so have a save trip!

  • Haleigh April 14, 2011, 7:21 am

    I never really plan ahead when I travel- regarding food or hotel location, etc. It’s just what works best for me. I tend to have an obsessive personality, so it’s better when I just go with the flow of things. P.S. that yogurt section is insane!

  • Nichole ( eat & be pretty ) April 14, 2011, 7:34 am

    ohh how i miss that good ol’ Wegmans!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 14, 2011, 7:38 am

    I need to plan better when I travel. But like last weekend, I was in Flint, Michigan. There isn’t much healthy there. I packed a cooler and lots of fruit, Larabars, etc. It’s not easy to maintain.

    Do you find you get winded faster swimming than you did running? I always did. Maybe it’s because you have to hold your breath and really regulate your breathing.

    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 9:18 am

      oh yea, hence – the breaks! it’s so much harder and uses different muscles so i get tired fast.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 14, 2011, 7:52 am

    I’m going to have to remember all of your travel tips for when I go on my road trip this summer! Planning ahead is definitely key because I really don’t want to get stuck eating fast food the whole time. 😛

  • Molly April 14, 2011, 7:56 am

    I have so many patients struggle eating when they’re traveling. I’ll steal a few tips from this post!

  • Baking 'n' Books April 14, 2011, 8:01 am

    Was this just an over-night trip? Do you still do a alot of planning if it’s a short trip?

    Also I was curious if you’d mind share how much you spend on average for your grocery/eating bill? I definitely spend way too much and know I need to budget, but it’s tough when you like good food…and well, just food in general. Oops 😉

  • Brittany April 14, 2011, 8:02 am

    My ex boyfriend lived in Williamsport and I remember there being absolutely NOTHING to do. Glad to see you’re not facing the same issue…He actually went to Penn College for a year–and dropped out. Glad to say that one is the ex.

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 14, 2011, 8:25 am

    I love the looks on the ladies in the loo with you! Too funny. I’m sure they thought you were crazy….until they read the notes. Good job with the food.

  • Sami April 14, 2011, 8:54 am

    GAH! I can’t believe we were so CLOSE again and you were in PA but we didn’t get to meet up 🙁 sad. I’ve always wanted to meet you! Or at least sit in on an operation beautiful presentation!!!


    • Caitlin April 14, 2011, 9:22 am

      You are so sweet 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 14, 2011, 9:14 am

    Looks like you planned very nicely! Tasty meals!

  • Amber K April 14, 2011, 10:49 am

    Planning ahead is such a great idea! Post-it bombing, that sounds like something we should get the kids into instead of TPing.

  • Kacy April 14, 2011, 11:43 am

    I have a 6 a.m. flight next week and I’m scurred…
    Great meals and it’s awesome that you got a swim in!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 14, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I plan so so much when I travel when it comes to food. Being gluten/dairy/corn free PLUS a vegetarian will do that to you!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 14, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I LOVE hot and salad bars. YUMMM 🙂

  • Kellie April 14, 2011, 1:58 pm

    WEGMANS! Now your talking! I’ve never been to Trader Joes or Costco, but Wegmans is to die for! I couldn’t live without it… and yes, the hot bar items are microwaveable. They have $6 dollar meals that also come in microwaveable containers.

  • Kiran @ April 14, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Love the foods selection. You are so prepped and organized all the time 🙂

  • Audrey April 15, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I can sympathize with the early flight. Yesterday, we had to get up at 3:30a.m. to make our 6:00 flight-I am very tired today

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