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9 Tips for Eating Keto While Traveling-
Do you experience the vacation effect too? You're not alone! Many of us tend to fall off the wagon and gain weight when traveling.
We all know that following any kind of diet plan on the road is often frustrating.
Not only are there lots of tempting new restaurants to explore, but it can be hard to find options that fit your plan.
We want to enjoy local cuisine and experience new places and cultures via the food right?
You don't have to travel far for the vacation effect to kick in either. Even a simple road trip forces you to stop and grab meals on the go and camping triggers cravings for S'mores and macaroni salads.
Let's face it, it's easy to fall off the wagon while on vacation. But don't worry we have some great tips to help.
Here are your 9 tips:
1- Keto while Traveling-Grocery Shop Locally
Once you get to your destination, hit the grocery store. You can grab fresh produce, bottled water, and pickles for snacks.
Foods like avocados that don’t require refrigeration make an ideal breakfast. Many supermarkets have a salad bar, and a rotisserie chicken can round out dinner.
2- Keto while Traveling-Take an Instant Pot
While most hotels won’t allow you to use a hotplate, it’s usually no problem to plug in an appliance like an Instant Pot.
You can grab frozen riced cauliflower to make a side dish for that rotisserie chicken or pick up the ingredients for a Keto casserole.
Don’t overbuy; if there’s no refrigerator in the room, you don’t want to waste money on food you will not be able to use the next day.
You will want to pack or buy a few plates, utensils, and kitchenware so that you can serve and prepare your meal.
If you end up buying reusable kitchenware, you can donate them to your local Ronald McDonald house if you don’t want to take them home.
3- Keto while Traveling-Find a Hotel that Includes Breakfast
Many hotels that include breakfast have eggs and breakfast meats available. You can grab some bacon and eggs for breakfast and not have to worry about trying to find a restaurant nearby. (preferably find one that serves organic options)
It may not always be possible to get organic keto foods in many hotels, but you can make the best choices from what is available.
Many bed and breakfasts offer organic or locally grown foods so you may want to check into those as well.
For starters, you can check out this post that lists which hotels offer free breakfasts
Just be wary of not making one of the most common keto diet mistakes and that is eating too much protein.
4- Keto while Traveling-Check out Local Buffets
Many buffet restaurants have options that fit the keto diet plan.
You will want to forego sauces, gravies, and soups, but start off with a salad, and add a hamburger patty, some grilled chicken, or a steak to your meal.
If they have avocado on the salad bar, or as guacamole, then you can add in some fat, too!
5- Keto while Traveling-Browse Locally-Owned Menus
Locally owned restaurants may have more organic keto-friendly options than chain restaurants. They may also be willing to substitute.
Browse the websites of restaurants you’re considering visiting, and don’t hesitate to contact any that you might want to try.
6- Keto while traveling-Don’t be Afraid to Ask
So many people are following a keto diet plan that restaurant employees are no longer surprised when someone orders their meal sans bread or gets a double vegetable instead of the potatoes.
Many restaurants also feature ala carte sections of their menu. This allows customers to add a side of a particular item to their meal.
For people on the Keto meal plan, the ala carte menu may offer options that include meats or vegetables.
For example, if you order bacon and eggs, you can order an extra side of organic bacon to increase your protein and fat intake for the day!
A few more general tips:
- Always make the best choice you can. Order your meat or fish without heavy sauces and not fried. (They use unhealthy oils in many restaurants.)
- Order plain vegetables as your side. Some people hate plain vegetables so if that's you, try adding some sea salt and a little butter; tastes great!
- Do you feel like something sweet after the meal? How about berries? Summer is berry season and they are loaded with antioxidants and have less natural sugars than bananas and grapes.
- Restaurant portions are usually out of control so eat half and take the rest back to your mini-fridge or cooler, for another meal. This saves money too!
- Do not be timid. You have to ask for what you want and ask to have your food prepared the way you want. Most places are happy to make substitutions.
7- Keto while Traveling-Visiting Friends? Cook for Them!
One of the most significant issues for eating keto while you’re traveling is not having access to a refrigerator. It’s hard to buy all of the ingredients you’ll need to cook if you can’t keep them stored properly.
However, if you are traveling to visit friends or family, offering to prepare a meal or two for them is a great way to spend time with them and still maintain your way of eating.
Plus, you’ll have access to a refrigerator and any other tools you will need to prep your meals.
8- Keto while Traveling-Make Activity Part of your Vacation Plans
Hiking, biking, walking, swimming, and running are all fantastic ways to explore the area you are visiting. And it's an up close and personal experience.
We have written another post dedicated to staying fit while on vacation. Check it out and learn how to have fun while being active.
Exercise can also help limit any chances of vacation weight-gain.
9- Keto while Traveling-Pack Some Snacks
Getting too hungry is a recipe for disaster when you're following an organic keto diet plan. Having some key snacks on hand when your blood sugar is dipping can be crucial.
Here are a few ideas of things we like to pack. All of the items below are amazon links so you can save money by buying a case if you want.
The Keto-Crave bars do have dairy and may not be safe for someone with celiac or those on Paleo, but they are okay for people following a keto diet plan.
These bars are gluten and dairy free and low net carb due the high fiber content. These bars taste really good! The only thing to be aware of is that they are a little oily and chewy so bring a napkin with you and eating them when they are warm softens them up pretty well.
coconut butter cups
These are best cold but not frozen. They will melt in a warm area so if you pack these, use a cooler. However, these are super delicious and a very satisfying treat.
I could see myself being completely fine eating one of these while others indulge in ice cream and I wouldn't even care.
Because they are that good. Of course, they are a bit pricey. I eat them as a special treat so I think they're worth it.
Summing it all up.
For many of us part of the joy of vacations is letting go of responsibilities. Isn't your healthy eating plan in the category of responsibilities?
But, letting go of your healthy lifestyle just because you deserve to kick back on vacation doesn't mean it all has to go by the wayside.
While your goal is to adapt an organic keto lifestyle that becomes natural and easy, it takes time and effort.
In reality, most other people you encounter are still going about their days on the Standard American Diet.
That diet consists of addicting highly processed, high carb, and chemical foods.
These foods just happen to be designed to taste really good and make us want more and more.
So, while maintaining your food choices while you are traveling can be challenging, we have shown it is possible.
When you look at this as an adventure rather than a risk of failure, you are likely to find some interesting ways to get to enjoy your trip while still staying on plan!
By following these tips for eating keto while traveling, you will learn that being on the road doesn’t always mean failure and regaining weight.
Finally, if you are new to the keto diet, or need more guidance check out our comprehensive Ultimate Keto Guide.