Does anyone else who sits full-time have trouble keeping a reasonably healthy diet while traveling all the time? I have been sitting full-time for the past two years, keeping to the continental United States so far. And I fully admit I have food-based issues, like turning to food when I’m stressed or tired. And as a solo sitter, I find I really absorb the energy of the home that I’m in - e.g. if they have more of a couch-potato setup or are more active and the dog expects several long walks, etc. I tend to drop into their routine, however healthy, or not, it is.
I find it very hard to keep to a good diet when I don’t have much control over my environment. For instance, my current sit usually has a clear container of cookies right in the middle of the pantry, so whenever I open the door, it’s front and center. I have another regular sit that always seems to have a box of Oreos, which I always seem to polish off and replace before the end of my sit. One sit in the distant past had clear jars of candy (like, 10 of them) lining one whole countertop. To me, that’s like an open bar to an alcoholic. I try not to eat their food, but it’s hard to resist when it’s so out in the open like that! Or, it’s clearly candy from some distant holiday, and I feel like I need to “help” them eat it up.
And as for the time between sits, I’m usually on the road (and sometimes resorting to fast food - depending on how quickly I need to be somewhere) or in a hotel and getting restaurant meals. Or sometimes I stay with friends and they cook for me, which isn’t always the healthiest food. I generally find it hard to turn away food or waste food that’s been left, like the rest of a welcome pizza. I’m definitely not going to refuse hospitality wherever I find it, but after two years of full-on traveling, I find it has been a bit hard on my waistline. Especially during seasons like this last summer, when I was at a new place almost every week. And that’s not even touching on the feeling of wanting to try whatever the local specialty is while I’m in town.
Does anyone else struggle with this? I can’t be the only person for whom constant travel is a liability to my weight. I have developed some workarounds - hiding the cookies so they aren’t so front-and-center (though, tbh, I always know where they are.) I can pack food for the car trips or stop at a grocery for meals for some non-fast-food options at least. I’m just curious to know how other full-timers handle trying to eat reasonably when we’re constantly on the road.