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Old 04-12-2017, 18:50   #1
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What challenges do you face with LCHF eating on road trips?

Do you do anything differently?

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My problem when travelling has always been that I must eat out in restaurants and not all destinations have low-carb eating establishments. I also refuse to order something that I'm just going to throw away half of because it's not low carb. That's just too wasteful in my books. So my solution is to never book hotel rooms but to instead book airbnbs. I make sure I book the entire place and that it has a full kitchen and then I simply head to the grocery store and start shopping. Not only is the best way to maintain a low carb lifestyle while travelling, it also ends up being much cheaper than the hotel/restaurant avenue.

As far as small road trips where food must be packed, well, almost anything I make at home can be packed for a road trip.

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When on a road trip, I pack a number of my food items, plus keep a cooler in the car for perishables. Replenishing at grocery stores. I find that motel staff will put my ice packs in their freezer so I can start out the next day with a newly frozen pack in the cooler.

I find that breakfast and dinner menus lend themselves well to low-carbing. Can usually substitute a vegetable for potatoes. It's the low-carb goodies that are hard to come by, but I'll make them on the road (one reason for the cooler).

The challenge for me is to not give in to the temptation to eat more nuts than is good for me (and especially peanuts - so handy in those little bags). Most convenience stops have pork rinds, which is nice.

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I had to really sit down and think to see what (if anything) I do different when I take road trips.

Because of the fact that I am super lazy about cooking in every day life, I don't really do much different on road trips.

I usually have a cooler with cold drinks, such as iced tea. I also throw a few cold cuts and cheese in there for snacks at rest areas. The first day of a road trip I like to choose a rest area with BBQ pits, so I include the stuff I will need in the cooler as well.

For meals, I have really learned what I can and cannot eat in restaurants, so that remains the same as always. Fuel stops tend to be my biggest weakness so I have something in mind before I walk in the door. Occasionally I can find a low carb protein bar such as Quest that I will eat to replace a quick lunch.

One of my kids works for Marriott so I get a nice discount when I stay there. I try to choose the ones that have free breakfast buffets because they always include my favorite eggs and bacon! I think it really involves just a bit of planning and being prepared.

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Folks, I am sorry, but I do not get it!

My wife and I travel a lot both by car and some by air. I never have problems, I can always find a salad, steak, hamburger (hold the bun and catsup please), substituting vegetables in place of potatoes or rice, etc. etc. in restaurants. When traveling by automobile we eat at any hamburger place and don't eat the buns, a bit messy when driving, but very good eats! Sometimes we go to a Kentucky Fried Chicken place and order their Baked Chicken with an order of green beans....very good!

I am amazed how many say it is hard to find LCHF food when traveling....??!! I just don't get it...with the single exception of our Swedish friend above. Having worked for a Swedish Company, I understand how they hate wasting anything. Well actually so do I, except I will not eat something on my plate that is unhealthy for me, to just avoid wasting it. That being said.....in my experience even internationally, if you order fish or some from of red meat, restaurants are glad to not include potatoes or rice, etc. if you ask them! You can eat LCHF and avoid waste by asking for it! At least that has been my experience.

What am I not understanding here?

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Sometimes the thought of low-carbing away from home is daunting to those new to diabetes or this way of eating. With some experience, one finds that it's not all that difficult. But a thread like this can provide suggestions that can be helpful and reassurance that it is, in fact, do-able.

I had not thought about KFC as a place to eat but the baked chicken and green beans might be something to try. (I have gluten issues so a little research there would be necessary.)

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Sorry Canadiandude.....I just noticed you are Canadian that is in Sweden...I apologize for assuming you were Swedish...!

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You maybe have to allow for personality. Not everyone wants to make a fuss at eat out meals. What you consider to not be a "fuss" may be more than some people want to do.

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Folks, I am sorry, but I do not get it!

My wife and I travel a lot both by car and some by air. I never have problems, I can always find a salad, steak, hamburger (hold the bun and catsup please), substituting vegetables in place of potatoes or rice, etc. etc. in restaurants. When traveling by automobile we eat at any hamburger place and don't eat the buns, a bit messy when driving, but very good eats! Sometimes we go to a Kentucky Fried Chicken place and order their Baked Chicken with an order of green beans....very good!

I am amazed how many say it is hard to find LCHF food when traveling....??!! I just don't get it...with the single exception of our Swedish friend above. Having worked for a Swedish Company, I understand how they hate wasting anything. Well actually so do I, except I will not eat something on my plate that is unhealthy for me, to just avoid wasting it. That being said.....in my experience even internationally, if you order fish or some from of red meat, restaurants are glad to not include potatoes or rice, etc. if you ask them! You can eat LCHF and avoid waste by asking for it! At least that has been my experience.

What am I not understanding here?

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You maybe have to allow for personality. Not everyone wants to make a fuss at eat out meals. What you consider to not be a "fuss" may be more than some people want to do.
OldNick.....Odd comment I think! Asking for substitution of vegetables instead of potatoes when ordering in a restaurant cannot be considered "making a fuss"....by anyone's measure!

Like 'belly buttons' everyone has an opinion. You are entitled to yours and I too am entitled to mine. I only offer my experiences to provide options to fellow forum diabetics....

After doing this since 2015 I have learned that many new diabetics many times are overwhelmed. Providing options that may give them a better perspective is important, even at the risk of being perceived as making critical comments. Sometimes even the best of us need a bit of a push, to consider trying something new....I know I did when I first found this forum....

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Restaurants aren't the problem. You can order anything any way you want (except maybe at an Italian place where everything is high in carbs). I do think if you are a cheap traveler, it is harder and you have to plan better and who wants to when they are just driving, right? Having a hamburger without the bun is just pointless IMHO.

I have learned to simply avoid the fast food places all together (although Wendy's has chili with beans!) and find the nearest grocery store. Most have a deli. Many have grilled chicken ready-to-go. Buy a bagged salad or a few veggies and you have lunch or dinner. If you don't like chicken, make some selections from the sliced preserved meats and cheeses.

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