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Eating Right on the Road

Frank Gillingham, MD

Business travel is often an exercise in self-control going to bed late, getting up early, and working hardall while tolerating flight delays and surly taxi drivers.

So when do many business travelers relax? Often when they're eating, and that's the trouble. While traveling, many of us increase our fat and sugar intake at the expense of fruits, vegetables and grains. And we often eat more than we want, thereby gaining weight or making it harder to shed those few extra pounds.

Part of the challenge comes from eating in restaurants all the time. Generally, cooks are paid for serving food that tastes good, but not for preparing items that your doctor would recommend. So to eat better on the road you have to learn to work a menu and a waiter the way you would work a client.

Here's my advice: