Yesterday was a nightmare travel day. I got stuck in the Aspen airport due to a delayed flight. When I landed in Denver, I had to make a mad – and I mean MAD! – dash from one end of the airport to the other.

Thanks to my healthy lifestyle, I’m in tip-top shape – so I made it with minutes to spare. And as soon as I got on the plane, I recharged my batteries with the healthy snack I had brought with me: an apple, a banana, and some raw almonds.

I went into that trip (as I do every trip) well-prepared to avoid the bad food choices you can easily make when you’re traveling and in a hurry. And that preparation started long before I headed to the airport with the two high-protein, high-fiber meals I had to help keep my appetite in check…

Breakfast at home: omelet with vegetables, grilled fish & peppers, fruit (pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon), and V8 juice.

Lunch at a Mexican restaurant: grilled chicken salad (2 breasts) with jicama, salsa, black beans, and avocado (I substituted the salsa for the dressing. And I said “no thanks” to the tortilla chips.)

As a result of my preparation, there’s no doubt I felt much better and had more energy than everyone else on the 3.5-hour flight to Toronto. And that allowed me to get 3 hours of quality work done on the plane.

So whenever you travel, carry raw almonds and apples in your bag, or grab them at the airport. You’ll find almonds in every magazine shop, and apples and bananas at almost any coffee shop.

[Ed. Note: Keeping healthy is well within your control. A big part of it has to do with making smart choices when it comes to what you eat.  Balance out your healthy diet with short, high-intensity exercises. Find out which exercises can help you burn fat and build muscle right here.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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