Although I have only been on a few interviews, I already feel like I am getting less fit and gaining the fourth year 20 pounds. On the interview trail, I have been living out of my suitcase, spending a night or two in a city only to drive or fly to another one the next morning, and eating pretty badily. I confess that the food has been really tasty and delicious at the resident dinners and lunches. However, they’ve all been full of rich foods, heavy on carbs and protein and rather low on fruits and veggies. This past week, though, I’ve been a lot better for some meals! Here are some of my tips on how to incorporate wellness when you’re living out of a suitcase and city hopping from one day to the next:
- Sleep! For my first interview, I was so nervous the night before that I didn’t sleep a wink and I think it definitely affected me. Since that first interview, I’ve put away my notes and such at a reasonable hour so that I can sleep a bit before a full day of interviews.
- Eat breakfast! Sometimes the lunch provided isn’t much or by the time we get to lunch on the schedule, it’s pretty late because everything was running behind schedule. On a recent interview, I saw how that having my everything bagel with scrambled eggs really helped me calm myself before the interview and I was able to focus more, even when it seemed like questions came out of nowhere.
- Try out a meatless meal every once in a while! I know that the residents are always trying to get me to indulge, from buying the most expensive thing on the menu or splurging on some big desserts, but I find that ordering what I am in the mood to eat helps reduce food waste and leaves me happy. Moreover, I had a veggie burger and a portabello mushroom sandwich for two meals and they were probably some of the best things I’ve tried so far!
- Combine sightseeing with exercise! I often have limited time in each city that I am visiting because I am trying to cut costs by not staying an extra night, so I try to explore the city with walking and that kills two birds with one stone.