6 Ways To Rock a Road Trip When You Have Dietary Restrictions

You Don’t Need to Eat Fast Food, Doritos and Drink Red Bull To Survive Your Next Road Trip!

Road Trip

A wise man once told me, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.  This saying relates to so many aspects of our lives.  It definitely holds true when you have to travel AND stick to a healthy way of eating.  When traveling this summer you may find it hard to stick to healthy eating because of all the horrible fast food options when on the road.  There is no easy way to avoid junk foods when traveling other than being ready.  My #1 suggestion is to pack a cooler.  [Click To Tweet]
I was fortunate enough growing up as a child, that my mother always had ready a cooler for us when on a road trip so we didn’t have to eat out at fast food restaurants.   No doubt this took time and effort on her part, but it was her way of making sure she knew what our next meal would be and that it was not processed and unhealthy.  I recently welcomed my first child into our family and I have made sure we have a cooler ready when we are out on the weekends.   This way, I can make sure our entire family eats foods that are healthy.
Now don’t get me wrong, you can’t always pack a cooler when taking a trip.   If you are flying, the airline might not allow you to take certain items on the plane.  Be ready with dry snacks to tide you over until you get to where you are going.  Men’s Health Magazine offers some advice when it comes to eating healthy while on the road. (1)
  1. Be prepared
  2. Know where you are going
  3. Eat every 2-3 hours
  4. Carry your greens
  5. Pop an important supplement
  6. Drink more water
If you are having trouble thinking of things to take on the road with you while traveling, I would like to offer a few options to consider.  Beef or turkey jerky is a protein packed snack that can tide you over and give you what you need to meet your daily intake of protein.  Biltong is dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. (2)  [Click To Tweet] I had the privilege of playing Rugby with a good group of South Africans and Australians and these guys always would bring their homemade biltong on road trips.  It was a great pregame snack that was healthy and nutritious.  Food.com is a great place to start by learning a recipe on how you can it make your own! (3)  Fresh fruit is always a go to when traveling.  I prefer apples because they are low glycemic foods that are high in fiber.  Apples are very portable and you know that, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”.
No matter whether you are day-tripping or cruising the highways across the states, you need to develop a strategy on what YOU can do to stick to a healthy lifestyle.  So if it means digging out the old cooler packed away in the garage or learning a new recipe to make your trip a success, don’t miss your ticket on the road to health!!

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
June 10, 2015

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  1. http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/travel-healthy-eating
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltong
  3. http://www.food.com/recipe/south-african-biltong-309886
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