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Old 10-06-2012, 07:50   #1
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I am getting ready to take my first vacation as a T2 and am looking for diet advice. This will be a 3-day road trip, so my food choices may be limited at times. When we get to our destination, much of our day will be spent in an isolated area without refrigeration, so I plan to take some "snacks" in case my BG dips. Any suggestions, helpful hints, or "watch outs"? Oh, and I am traveling with my husband, who doesn't quite grasp the idea that I need to eat at regular intervals to avoid hypoglycemia. (Still working on that.)

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Lots of nuts, dried meats, veggies. When we go on a field trip I pack the fridge in a cooler in the car.

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I echo MCS. I'm assuming you have access to ice to replenish the cooler for the day. When I drove cross-country, I practically lived out of the cooler. I toted nuts (macadamias!), tuna/egg salad, veggies, Optimist crackers, cheese, coconut fudge ...

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Speaking of trips....we will be flying to Maryland in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions to make sure I have no problem getting through security with Lantus, syringes, meters and lancets? Just want to have everything covered. Read some things but was wondering if anyone has flown with above lately.

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Lots of nuts, dried meats, veggies. When we go on a field trip I pack the fridge in a cooler in the car.
Yup, I do this as well. I keep a cooler with my snacks that need refrigeration.

I take lots of things like pepperoni sticks, cheese, nuts, etc. in the car when traveling.

When eating out, I go a place I feel comfortable ordering things the way I want. Sometimes that means 24/7 breakfast places (I *know* I'm always great with bacon/eggs or an omelet... with some veggies and dip... Denny's loves me... I should buy stock...) and I avoid fast-food places due to the amounts of refined carbs in everything...

If I am stuck going to a fast-food place, I'll get a burger with no ketchup, no bun and diet soda.

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Lots of nuts, dried meats, veggies. When we go on a field trip I pack the fridge in a cooler in the car.
Thanks! Good ideas. Costco has some big canisters of nuts. Costco, here I come! I plan to take a large and a small cooler, too. Thanks again.

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Speaking of trips....we will be flying to Maryland in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions to make sure I have no problem getting through security with Lantus, syringes, meters and lancets? Just want to have everything covered. Read some things but was wondering if anyone has flown with above lately.
Just visited the US, took both international and domestic flights and had no problems whatsoever. I just made sure to tell security that I was diabetic and therefore was carrying liquids etc and also had a letter from my doctor stating what medicines, needles, etc that I need to carry onboard.
Getting good food (for bg - otherwise no complaints!) along the road I found a bit difficult. On the other hand, portion size in most American restaurants allow you to eat the best parts and just leave the rest without feeling depried

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Thanks Fenix....... Will for sure get a letter from Doc tomorrow.

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As for getting meals on the road:

With low carb diets, such as Atkins, becoming almost commonplace it's not uncommon to see restaurants with low carb sections on the menus, cracker-barrel comes to mind as one example. Also, many will modify standard menu selections to be low carb: burgers minus the buns, salad in place if potatoes, that type if thing. Just ask your server for te substitution and you'll find many are more than willing to accommodate. A side of melted butter always works too. If you're looking for fast food places, think McDonald's, many are doing low carb options to standard menu fare, you just have to ask. One of my new favorite places is Wendy's. Their triple baconator, with no bun and salad instead if fries is very nice.
Regional, ethnic, and small "mom and pop" places may be a bit more difficult but not impossible. Again just work with your server. I live in Tex-Mex area, think Texas and surrounding are, so nearly everything here is based around tortillas, while difficult, it's not impossible. Fajitas with no tortillas, taco salad minus the shell with extra guacamole and sour cream, are easy choices and don't require evil eyes from the staff. Also skip the rice and beans.

And if nothing else, you can always throw out the trump card that the Americans with Disabilities Act REQUIRES all eating establishments to make reasonable accommodations for dietary concerns. This was changed to include diabetes as a listed disability. That's why so many places are willing to help with low carb options. . They may require an additional fee for the modification but they will do it.

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I have just flown to Asia from New York via Vancouver. I didn't say "hey, I have this diabetes stuff" (though I'm using the pen, not syringes) and nobody in either New York or Vancouver asked about them. I understand needles are more of a problem in Hong Kong (I'm starting a series of intra-Asia flights later this week) so I *did* get a doctor's note, just in case. I have kept everything bagged together so I can pull it out of my carryon if I need to.

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