Remember the good old days when you and your
companions could go traveling and not worry about what, when or where you
were going to eat? Over the years our bodies and our needs change, and we
must pay closer attention to the food we eat, as well as when we eat. With
some simple pre-planning for meals and snacks, you can still enjoy a trip
away from home.
Paying attention to what and when you eat can give
you some important information related to how you feel. If you're not
feeling well now, think about what you ate in the last 12 to 24 hours.
Headache? Heart burn? High acid foods may cause indigestion, a rich
dessert may cause fatigue, and going too long between meals may leave you
feeling anxious or cranky. Who wants any of that while on vacation or even
doing errands? Answering these questions will help you plan to meet your
What are your dietary requirements?
How long will you be in the car or away from home
How often do you want to eat?
Are you familiar with the route and destination
or are they new?
Are there conveniently spaced towns or rest stops
40 to 50 miles apart?
Do you know any restaurants along the way that
can meet your dietary requirements? Who may know?
Steps to make eating when traveling, easier:
Do what you know works for you. When you are away
from home you want to feel your best, so it's the time to stick as
close as possible to your normal eating patterns (even though the
temptation to cheat is great).
Call ahead to your hotel or hosts. Ask about the
restaurants in the area. Put your mind at ease.
Pack plenty of your favorite snacks.
Think about the mess factor when eating in the
Non-perishable items last longest and need the
least fuss: whole grain crackers, nuts or sunflower seeds, snack bars,
fresh fruit or cereal.
A thermal bag and an ice pack make perishable
items easy, too: cheese (pre-sliced or sliced before you go), no fat
lunchmeat, pudding or yogurt cups, sliced vegetables: peppers, carrots
Plenty of water and/or fruit juices will keep you
may not be quite as spontaneous, but it can still be enjoyable for you
and those who are depending on you.