Amy Friese is a motivational speaker and sports nutrition guru with her own company, Fearless Nutrition. She helped explain the pitfalls of eating poorly while on the road and what should be considered as alternatives:
“Although it’s delicious, that food is highly processed and manufactured to taste good, have a long shelf life and remain ‘addictive’ and attractive to the bored, tired, hungry, unwitting traveler. In this case, food becomes entertainment. It allows you a break from the monotony of driving.
“While not exactly ideal, a few healthier fast food choices are: Wendy’s Chili, Burger King’s Tender Grill Chicken Garden Salad, McDonald’s English Muffin with ham & egg, McDonald’s Grilled Chicken without mayo, Culver’s Salads with grilled chicken. I’m not a fan of Subway for the bread… it has gluten, is a simple carb and is calorie-filled. When you do stop and decide to walk close to tempting food, look — avoid touching — think it through and walk away. (I dare you to yell or flip it off, too.)
“Grocery stores are one of the best places to pick up a healthy meal or snack. Look for wraps with fresh veggies, ham, turkey or roast beef. As you eat it, peel off 50-75 percent of the wrap and throw it away.
“Stick to your guns of what you know is best to eat, AKA, use your brain and logic … even if it feels like you’re going to jump out of your skin. (I promise you won’t, by the way.)”