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Don't let travel ruin your progress on a keto diet plan or the Lyme diet. Here are some tips to keep you on track when on vacation.
Packing and Planning Before Going On Vacation
We will be packing and planning for our family vacation soon! I literally just lost two of the ten pounds I gained this past school year.
(Needless to say, my first year of teaching special education was a rough one. Why stress causes weight gain can be the topic of another post in and of itself. For now, though, I will get back to the topic.)
For many of us, part of the allure of vacation is to enjoy being away from our daily routines and sample local cuisines at the area’s restaurants.
When we go on vacation; especially camping, we inevitably eat heavier, barbecue style foods. This year, we will be driving over seven hours each way, which also means eating at least one, if not two meals on the road.
It's Getting Easier with More Options
Thankfully, some fast food restaurants are better than they used to be. But I really do not want to regain that two pounds on vacation.
How will I make double sure I succeed? First of all, I will make activity part of the family entertainment plan. We will be burning calories by biking, swimming, walking, and running.
Secondly, I will pack my usual allergy-free, low carb snacks for those moments when I am hungry and tempted to grab those chips!
Third, I will follow the tips listed below when eating out.
Here are some tips I plan to follow while I am eating at restaurants on vacation this year.
Keep in mind that many of us also live with celiac disease and/or other food allergies and sensitivities.
- Call ahead and ask which organic options are available.
- Look online for the menu and nutritional information. This is especially important if you have food restrictions.
- 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!
- If you eat carbs, order beans, quinoa, or sweet potato rather than white rice or white potato.
- 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 home 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.
Note on Traveling when on a Keto Diet Plan
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.
The above tips apply to the keto diet plan too! Well, except for number 5 since it's about carbs.
Read more about our take on a keto diet plan by clicking this link.
You will probably want to make sure you have plenty of low carb snacks ready that are easy to pack as well.
The bars shown below are just a couple examples of snacks you could bring.
The Keto-Crave bars do have dairy and may not be safe for someone with celiac 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 other endulge in ice cream adn 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.
Whether you are following a keto diet plan or Lyme diet, being on vacation does not have to ruin your progress.
Just use these tips and relax, have fun, and feel well!