How does Devin Alexander stay healthy when traveling?
On my outbound flights, I always take food with me. I had a situation where I was on the plane once that I left L.A. at 11 a.m., and a morning show appearance in New York the next day. An 11 o’clock flight in L.A. gets in around 7 or 8 p.m. on the East Coast. There was fog and all this stuff, and I wound up not getting off the plane until 1 a.m. in Philadelphia nonetheless, not even New York at all. They rerouted us. There was no food whatsoever on the plane after they sold out of a few snack boxes, and I didn’t have any food with me except some cookies. As I said, on the way there I always take something with me, and I have a lot of tricks.
They don’t let you have icepacks anymore on the plane, so I put ice cubes in a Ziploc bag — actually I always double it so it doesn’t leak — and then when I go through security, nine times out of 10, they don’t stop me because ice cubes are smaller than two ounces. But if they do, then I just dump out the ice, keep the bag and then when I go through I go to a Starbucks or coffee shop or restaurant in the airport, they’ll fill my bag of ice back up. I’ve never been charged for that, people just do it for you. That way you can keep food fresh.
One of the other things I do, too, is carry salads in bags. I’ll put my salad ingredients in a Ziploc and just carry a tiny Tupperware of the salad dressing. And then right before I’m going to eat it, I toss it and then I eat the salad right out of the bag. So it doesn’t take up a ton of room, it’s really easy. People always comment on planes about it. You don’t have to lug Tupperware around to 10 more cities or wherever you’re going.
And then in hotel rooms, they put those darn mini-bars everywhere, and without fail you’re tempted to eat because you start having cravings. I always crave both sweet and salty; so I always take little snacks in both of those categories with me to hotels so I’m not tempted to eat the mini-bar because, quite frankly, I would be the person to eat the whole mini-bar.