When you’re a successful fitness entrepreneur (#fitpreneur) like Amber Dawn Orton – full-time personal trainer, nutrition/prep coach, posing instructor, endorsed athlete and fitness model – you’re going to be spending a lot of time traveling from gig to gig. Whether it’s a photo shoot or a competition, when you’re out on the road, sticking to your meal plan every day is an even bigger challenge.
For someone who has been living the fit-biz life for more than five years, Amber (or MishkaDawn as she is known on Instagram) is a pro when it comes to planning meals. These are just some of the things she loves to bring along when traveling with hubby, Brandan Fokken:
“Here is a glimpse of things I pack when we travel:”
- Royal Sport Ltd: Target, BCAAs, whey protein individual packs and Siege pre-workout
- Quest Nutrition Bars and Protein Chips
- Icon Meals: protein pancakes, chicken/veggies, and buffalo/sweet potato
- Light&Fit Greek Yogurt
- Organic veggies and hummus to snack on
- Light String Cheese
- Walden Farms maple syrup travel packs
- Nutra Summa vitamins (Pure Skin, multi-vitamin, B12 and digest complex)
Amber is a believer in counting macros (IIFYM – if it fits your macros) and prescribes this way of dieting to her clients. #IIFYM is a popular way of dieting among athletes to keep their eating and portions under control. Each person has a targeted number of macros (protein, carbohydrates and fat) they need to hit every day. Amber has been doing this for so long, she no longer needs to count, but if you’re serious about losing weight and changing the way you look, it’s a healthy way to diet.
Amber is very passionate about getting the message across about establishing a healthy relationship with your food, especially for young women just getting into this sport. Having suffered from the dreaded post-competition rebound that hits so many fitness competitors, Amber has started a blog campaign called The Struggle Is Real that takes you inside the minds of successful competitors and the struggles they’ve faced along the way.
It’s easy to lose sight of your nutritional needs, especially when you’re out on the road and dieting. That’s why so many of us are taking to meal prep and planning our meals ahead of time. Packing your meals when you’re traveling saves you the stress of finding somewhere healthy to eat, the expense of eating out at a restaurant, and the headache of wondering if you’re eating healthy food.
Take Amber’s advice and pack healthy snacks and well-balanced meals when you’re out on the road. She’s a healthy role model to follow ~ ADOfitness.net