• Katy Driscoll

Traveling with Dietary Requirements: Katy's Tip of the Week

It’s easy to stick to our healthy habits and healing practices when we are at home and in our familiar day-to-day schedules. It’s tougher to do so when we’re taken away from our normal lifestyle and daily routines. When traveling, it’s best to try and plan ahead as much as you can so that you can actually enjoy your trip instead of getting stuck worrying about the small details. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your next trip!

While airports are increasingly offering more health conscious food options, they are still notorious for having a grand selection of processed, fast food meals. Pack snacks and meals ahead of time and bring them with you in your carry-on. This way you don’t have to worry about searching the airport for food that you can eat. Just keep in mind when you plan your snacks that you’ll be sitting in close quarters with other people on the plane; you won’t make any friends with tuna and onions.

If you know you’re going out for a special dinner, check out the menu ahead of time to see what practical meal options you have. This will take the pressure off while you are at the dinner table and allow you to be in the moment and enjoy the experience instead of stressing over the menu. You can also call the restaurant beforehand to check and see if they can accommodate your dietary needs.

Pack snacks and bring them everywhere with you while traveling to avoid having to rely on convenience foods (vending machines, fast food) when you’re on the go. When I travel, I make a big bag of G.O.R.P. (good ol’ raisin and peanuts) to bring. A mixture of nuts of your choice and dried fruits will pack an energy boost just when you need it and help you get through the day without impulse eating.

Lastly, keep in mind that you have to live a little! If your only option is something that’s off your plan (assuming it won’t make you ill – know your limits), accept it, enjoy it, and then get back on track the next day.

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