Fast Food Survival Guide: How To Eat Healthy At Taco Bell While Traveling

Can you achieve a great body while eating at Taco Bell?

Yes, yes you can if you follow MicVinny’s advice!

Next time you’re forced to eat at Taco Bell, learn how to order meals that will make you feel better about eating at a fast food joint!

In this video, MicVinny teaches you how to properly create a delicious meal that will keep your waist from expanding!

Video Highlights:

  • The 3 macronutrients you need to know about
  • How to master the “look” test
  • Nutritional break down of taco bell’s favorite options
  • Try to do the best with what’s in front of you
  • Why vegetarian and vegan options may be your best options
  • Don’t be afraid to add extra protein to your meal!

Why Losing Weight During The Holidays Sucks!

Quick!

What’s the first image that pop’s into your head when thinking about the holiday season?

I’ll give you five seconds.

5………4………3……2…….1.

So what did you think of?

I’m betting that you thought of one of the following:

  • Food
  • Gifts
  • Decorations
  • Cold Weather
  • Family

Can you guess what all five have in common?

I’ll give you another five seconds to guess…

5………4………3……2…….1.

Believe it or not all five of those potential thoughts are causes of holiday stress.

And can you guess what happens when you’re stressed out?

Weight Gain!

In the midst of the celebrations, our travels and eating decisions, we start packing on the pounds. That’s why the holiday season is such a tough time of the year to actually lose weight. Even maintaining weight can be difficult with all the distractions.

Let’s explore exactly why it sucks to lose weight during the holidays.

Work Holiday Parties

Who doesn’t like a good party?

Too bad typical holiday parties are nothing more than an excuse to eat as many baked goods as possible! Think about it. How many healthy dishes do you typically see at a holiday office party?

Have you ever seen a tray of sauceless lean grilled chicken breasts?

How about a bowl of steamed veggies?

Nope, you’re not going to see many vegetables at a holiday party unless their covered in cheese or breading.

Baked goods run the show at office parties. It’s been that way for years. If baked goods are the highlights of the party, the opening acts are typically greasy, sweet and salty but delicious.

You know the culprits: meatballs, chicken wings, fried chicken, casseroles, cheese platters, chips & dip, etc.

And guess what happens to the leftovers?

They’ll be around the office for a few days and/or you’ll end up taking your leftovers home and feel obligated to polish them off.

Who’s going to lose weight eating all those cakes, cookies and pieces of honey glazed ham?

Days Get Darker

The holiday season is the beginning of seasonal change from fall into winter. What use to be sunny days upon awakening have now turned into the black abyss of darkness.

Is nothing more depressing than leaving for work in the dark and than coming home….in the dark! That work cycle can easily lead to depression.

So what do depressed people like to do?

EAT!

Its Cold Outside

The holiday season is also when the weather starts to finally (thanks global warming!) settle down and stay colder. When faced with colder elements, who out there craves a crisp cold salad?

Naw, when its cold outside we want some comfort foods. Give us soups and stews. We want classic staples that make us feel warm inside.

Too bad the majority of our comfort foods are filled with carbs and fats. That lethal combination makes it hard to stay lean in the waist!

So Many Holidays In A Row

People tend to think of the holiday season as starting after Thanksgiving and lasting until New Year’s Day. I have a different opinion. I believe that the holiday season actually starts on Halloween.

Why?

That’s the first taste of the seasons “forbidden” fruit. As kids, we would get our first big score of candy and devour it as soon as possible. That’s the start of us craving sugar during the season. That satisfaction can only be satisfied by eating more of it.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we use that craving to eat as much goodies as possible which then just snowballs for the remainder of the holiday season.

If sugar is the focal point of your eating for almost three straight months, you’re not going to lose weight! There’s just too much temptation around.

We Travel

If you’re one of my typical readers, you already know how hard it is to travel.

For those unfamiliar with traveling every month, they get a good glimpse into the road warriors lifestyle during the holiday season. If you are not properly educated and equipped to handle life on the road, you’re doomed to pack on the pounds.

Add in the explosive variable of visiting relatives and you got a mathematical equation for weight gain. No matter how much you love your family, traveling during the holiday season can be VERY STRESSFUL!

Traveling Examples:

  • Waiting lines at the airport….
  • Traffic on the highway…..
  • Trying to find that perfect gift……
  • Getting out of your normal routine……

And the reason you get to travel is because your probably on…

Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing. You’re away from your job and just want to enjoy yourself. What’s the easiest way to embrace this new found freedom?

You over indulge!

You typically do not hold back from eating goodies when you’re on vacation mode. Your mind shifts and you justify everything you do. You move at a slower pace which causes you to not be in a hurry.

What sounds like a good thing can easily backfire on you. Because of the lower relaxed lifestyle you’ll find it easier to be lazier than you planned on being.

A lazy person typically will do what’s easy. The easiest thing to do during the holiday season is to gain lots of weight!

So What’s The Answer

Know that you know why it’s so hard to lose weight, what do you plan on doing about it?

Will you just cave in and cry over a tub of caramel popcorn?

If you are a person and are serious about maintaining or losing weight during the holiday seasons, I highly recommend you check out one (or both) of these #1 best-selling books.

Just Keep Going!: Avoid Seasonal Weight Gain And Finally Finish Any Fat Loss Diet Plan!

or

Release The Beast: Conquer Mental, Physical And Diet Challenges To Unleash The Champion Inside!

Both were written to help you develop the skills you need to overcome the obstacles of the holidays.

Even though it appears that losing weight during the holidays suck, it can be done!

With a proper mental attitude and a support system, you can easily stay on track while still having fun during the holiday seasons.

There’s nothing wrong about having fun during the holiday seasons. Just be sure that you understand the difference between an occasional indulgence and over doing it.

If you struggled in the past, check out the books. Or if you need extra help, sign up for some accountability coaching and/or online training, and I’ll help you get through your tough holiday times!

Are You Drinking Too Much Coffee While Working?

How often are you in line at the local coffee shop?

Can you get by your work day without a cup of coffee?

If you can’t have a conversation with anyone at work unless you have your morning cup of joe….you might have an issue!

In this video, MicVinny identifies the steps you need to take to check to see if you truly have an addiction to the caffeine in coffee.

Video Highlights:

  • How to check to see if your addicted to caffeine
  • Healthy benefits of coffee
  • Negative impact of too much coffee and caffeine
  • Why combining caffeine and sugar is a bad thing

How To Create A Healthy Breakfast From McDonalds While Traveling

Learn how to finally create a healthy breakfast from McDonalds while traveling!

Even I can admit, that McDonalds is the #1 fast food chain in the world! There will come a time in your travels where that may be your only choice. Have no fear!

This video is here to help you make healthy decisions during your breakfast time at McDonalds.

Video Highlights:

  • Where to get your McDonald breakfast protein sources from
  • Why Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfait is not really healthy
  • Nutritional breakdown of the most popular breakfast items
  • The story of the “fresh” hash brown
  • Doing the best you can with what you have available at McDonalds
  • Why I love scrambled eggs while traveling
  • MicVinny’s #1 McDonalds Breakfast Choice

How To Successfully Handle Being Sick While Traveling

When you go to the grocery store, you can see cashiers blowing their noise.

“I’ll make sure I wash my hands right away…..”

You walk around the office and you start to hear a chorus of sniffles.

“I got hand sanitizer at my desk, I’ll avoid it…..”

You get on a flight. As the airplane door closes, you turn to greet the person sitting next to, when all of a sudden they burst into coughing.

“Oh Oh…..”

There’s no escaping it…..you’re going to get sick!

No matter how much we try to prevent it from occurring, it’ll inevitable show up when we least expect it.

There’s nothing worse than being on a trip and becoming sick. That first moment when you have your first big sneeze and sore throat, you know your trip is about to take a turn for the worse!

We’ve all experienced being sick while traveling at one time or another in our lives. Here’s some tips on how to quickly handle the situation.

Pack a Travel Medical Kit

Whenever you travel you should always pack a travel first aid kit. Especially if you travel international quite often. You never knew what medical supplies your destination will have available, so it’s always best to be prepared.

A basic first aid kit should at least contain:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Ace bandage
  • Antiseptic
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Anti-fungal and antibacterial ointments or creams

Basic first aid kits normally do not include medicines. That is why you need to add the following to a basic travel kit:

  • Cold & Flu medicine (pill/gel form is easier to carry)
  • Upset stomach medicine (ie: Pepto Bismul, Antiacid pills)
  • Aspirin/anti-inflammation medicine
  • Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Laxative
  • Cough suppressant and/or cough drops
  • Antihistamine
  • Sedative and/or sleep aid
  • Water purification tablets

You can find basic first-aid kits in the first aid sections of most drug stores. Use that as your base and add more medicine to it to personalize it for your needs.

If you fly business class or first class internationally, just repurpose one of their free amenity bags into a travel medical kit.

Airline business class amenity bag

Having this travel medical kit is a vital step in making sure your illness doesn’t get worse. It will allow reliable relief no matter where you travel.

Rest and Recover

Don’t be ashamed of feeling tired while sick & traveling. Lack of rest is a major reason why infections spread in the first place. The more sleep we get, the healthier our bodies become due to it being able to heal itself properly.

Don’t try to stay up super late, go to bed early when sick!

Eat When Hungry

Should you feed a cold and starve the flu?

That debate has been around for decades. The sad truth is that there is no definitive answer. It’s just a “it depends”.

What you need to do is eat when hungry. Being sick is not the time to be counting calories. If your body is hungry, it’s ok to satisfy it while sick. That’s your body’s way of telling you that it’s undernourish and requires refilling to battle the cold or flu inside.

Try to pick healthier options but don’t beat yourself if you stray a little bit from your normal healthy diet routine. Having noodles in your chicken soup isn’t going to kill you!

For some good advice on what to eat when sick, check out this infographic chart from Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition:

Precision Nutrition's infographic on what foods you should be eating while sick
Infographic is courtesy of Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition

Listen To Your Body

There’s a reason why having a healthy exercise program and a good diet is vital to your long term success. If you’re not eating properly it’s only a matter of time before you’re going to get sick. Our bodies was not designed to have the wrong nutrients in them daily.

Whenever you overdue excess fats and junk food consistently, your body’s immune system becomes weaker. A weak immune system makes it easier for you to become sick.

The same thing happens when you under eat. If you’re not eating enough, your body will begin to break down and being sickly is one of those breakdowns.

Keep that in mind while you live your life. It’s a great reminder of why you should be eating and exercising in a healthy way. You will start thinking twice about eating at that shady looking fast food joint during your travels!

Exercise With Caution

In addition to the “Feed a cold, starve a flu” mantra, rumors state that you should sweat a cold out. That saying just means that you should exercise as much as possible to get the cold out your system.

Again, it’s not as clear cut as it can appear. Here’s another great infographic from Precision Nutrition breaking down whether or not you should exercise. Use this as a guideline to determine what type of exercise you should be doing based on how you are feeling.

Precision Nutrition's chart explaining what exercises you should do when sick
Infographic is courtesy of Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition