Today’s post is from my dear friend Shelby. Unlike other guest writers I’ve hosted, Shelby isn’t a blogger but offered anyway to share her tips for traveling on a restricted diet. She travels for her job each week, and we were talking about how she manages to stick to her dietary restrictions. I loved hearing her brilliant suggestions and she generously offered to write this post for you!
Hi! My name is Shelby and I am one of Lauren’s good friends in Virinia. Like her, I’ve seen a tremendous health transformation from eliminating grains and following a mostly Paleo framework for my daily diet. Because my job requires weekly air travel, I have had to develop quite a few strategies to maintain my diet and health while I am on the road. Here are the top tips I recommend…
Things to bring…
1. A freeze-able lunch box like this one and some portable utensils like these –I don’t bring all my meals with me when I travel, but I do like to have some home cooked food with me. This lunch box allows me to keep the food cold while I am on the plane before I can put in in the fridge at my hotel. I often include it in my carry on and have no problem getting through security.
3. Good quality fats – I love these little packets of coconut oil that I can use to increase the staying power of meals or for oil pulling in the morning. I have also been known to fill a small glass bottle or two with good quality extra virgin olive oil before I head out each week.
4. A kit with real food snacks –Some of my favorites are dried fruits, freeze dried fruits, and Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed Bars which are nut-free.
5. Strategic supplementation—I generally take more supplements while I’m travelling just to make sure I’m getting the appropriate amounts of nutrients, and these travel pill packs keep me organized.
6. Pure beauty products – Although I tend to be ingredient conscious about all the products I use, I try to be especially aware of what I’m using when I travel. 100% Pure makeup products are great, and I also love the travel size version of Dr. Bronner’s soap and Morocco Method sample-size shampoos.
7. Items that make my hotel feel like home – I have a travel candle and a picture from my wedding that I keep in my suitcase to make my hotel room feel more cozy.
To do while in transit…
8. Some airport food is okay to eat – Airports have recently come a long way when it comes to providing healthy food. A lot of shops have fresh fruit, fresh veggies, or dried fruit options like these chips. Several major airports also have CIBO Express stores which provide a wide array of health snack brands. The international terminal at JFK airport even has a nice salad bar.
9. While no airplane food is okay to eat – I have a strict “no eating airline food” rule. It is full of preservatives. Disgusting.
At your destination…
11. Befriend your hotel – Since I usually go to the same city and same hotel each week, I store some items there over the weekend including my workout shoes and different kinds of tea. I also make sure that my hotel room has a fridge, and occasionally I will request a microwave.
12. Keep up detox practices – I can’t say I’m the best at keeping up with detox practices while travelling, but it’s very easy to bring your dry brush with you or bring a jump rope to do a little re-bound jumping. You can also bring packets of Epsom salt for a detox bath, and use your coconut oil packs for oil pulling
13. Make sure to stay hydrated – I like to bring a glass water bottle with me and try to hydrate smartly, according to Lauren’s advice.
14. Grocery store visit – When I have the time, I try to visit the grocery store in the city where I travel to pick up fresh fruits and veggies. The city I travel to now has a giant Wegman’s which has absolutely everything!
15. View menus online and call ahead when it comes to eating out – Travelling for work often necessitates a lot of eating out with co-workers. Rather than trying to avoid restaurants, I try to be strategic about it by suggesting restaurants that I think will have good quality options and that have separate gluten-free menus. It’s great that so many restaurants post their menus online so you can look at it beforehand and call with questions.
Do you travel frequently on a restricted diet? Do you use any of these tips?