I don’t think of myself as a foodie, but my readers have given me a lot of feedback about my food scenes over the years that made me realize that yeah, I adore writing about food. I struggle with food and my body, as I’ve written about before, so this puzzles me, but when a friend who was traveling to RT asked me for suggestions about traveling while on a limited diet, I realized something. Like it or not, I do know how to travel and find food I can eat. For many years now, I’ve been struggling with digesting junk foods, so I’ve tried to eat clean or eat healthy or whatever the heck the new terms are at the moment. (Talk about flavor of the month.) So, here’s what works for me when I travel:
- Carry snacks. This keeps me from going insane at the food court.
- Carry an empty bottle for water, that I can fill at a drinking fountain. This is particularly useful when traveling through airports.
- Protein is your friend. Rather than carbs (chips, crackers, candy, etc.), protein will fill you up and normalize your blood sugar. This helps you make better choices when confronted with the food court. (Sensing a theme here?)
- Plan ahead. If you know where you’re going, look up the restaurant/food/shopping options there. Forewarned is forearmed.
- Take a page out of Weight Watchers: if you do go insane and eat ALL the things at the food court, remember: it’s not the end of the world, and you can make different decisions now. Even if “then” was five minutes ago. The only failure is quitting.
- Pro-tip: I use Absorbaid enzymes and carry activated charcoal capsules with me. Absorbaid can be found at health food stores, Whole Foods, etc. Activated charcoal is at any regular drug store, as well as Whole Foods etc. The enzymes help you digest stuff; the charcoal helps with the aftereffects of eating stuff you shouldn’t have.
What about you, Dear Reader? What are your favorite travel foodie tips?
– E.E. Cummings
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