How to Eat Like an Olympian on the Road Slideshow

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Pack Snacks for the Plane
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One of Graham's favorite snacks to pack on the plane is dried fruits and nuts or trail mix. While Graham prefers his athletes eat fresh fruits and vegetables, he also advises them to pack dried fruits and nuts in case of flight delays.

Since athletes only have 12 to 14 hours’ worth of food supply in their bodies before their metabolism starts to change, having a handful of fruits and nuts keeps their metabolism in check. Graham cautions that eating too much of this snack can cause dehydration.

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Stock Up on Fresh Fruits and Veggies
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Graham advises his athletes to plan ahead and pack fresh fruits and vegetables. The most portable produce is apples, grapes, pineapple, cucumber, lettuce, and celery.  For messier fruits like pineapple, Graham suggests chopping it up and placing it in Tupperware.

While travelers can take fruits and vegetables on the plane, they typically cannot go through customs so be sure to have your fill in-flight.

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Drink Up
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Even though travelers can get water in-flight, Graham advises to buy bottled water after going through security to avoid running out of water.

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Nature Calls
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Drinking plenty of fluids means frequent trips to the bathroom. Graham’s athletes aim to hit the restroom 10 times a day.

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Call Ahead
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Planning ahead is crucial to sticking with a diet while traveling. Graham recommends contacting the kitchen staff at the hotel to request specific foods are ready upon arrival. Travelers can also go on websites and forums and ask for help in locally sourcing their favorite hometown treats.

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Eat Smart
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It’s tempting to indulge during vacation. Graham recommends diners begin their meals healthily by loading up on fruits and vegetables. While a meal may not end on a healthy note, it at least got off to the right start.

It takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound of fat. By filling up on vegetables and fruits that are filling but low in calories and avoiding salty and processed foods means travelers are less likely to gain weight.

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Sleep
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Getting enough sleep is just as important as eating fruits and vegetables. Decision-making skills and digestion go awry when a person lacks enough sleep.

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Get Moving
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Keep up your exercise routine while on the road. It makes indulging in sweet treats more enjoyable because you earned them with activity. Plus, you get to enjoy the fresh air. Exercising also combats jet lag.

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