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 needs:
What are your dietary requirements?
How long will you be in the car or away from home doing errands?
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
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
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 car.
Non-perishable items last longest and need the least fuss: whole
grain crackers, nuts or sunflower seeds, snack bars, fresh fruit or
A thermal bag and an ice pack make perishable items easy, too:
cheese (pre-sliced or sliced before you go), no fat lunch meat,
pudding or yogurt cups, sliced vegetables: peppers, carrots or celery.
Plenty of water and/or fruit juices will keep you from dehydrating.
Traveling may not be quite as spontaneous, but it
can still be enjoyable for you and those who are depending on you.
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