As many know it can be so difficult to travel and eat the foods you like, want or should it. I my self enjoy a wholesome, varied and for most part very nutritious and exciting eating plan.
But when traveling often you need to compromise and PLAN. The eating planning really starts with the plane trip. Yes, we all hope the airline will supply something delicious and eagerly await each meal. …. hungry or not!
I am presently three quarters the way through a marvelous trip to the USA and not only expect the food I like to eat but insist upon it. But the plane trip is the first caution for me – being on gluten free diet is so simple as long as I mention this to the travel agent and magically my own purpose made meal arrives. And yes this way it is fresh, well prepared and satisfying. I have peeked over the years at other special meals – vegetarian, low fat & kosher meals – they all looked rather good too.
Water – goodness I can’t get enough of it and order 2 bottles or glasses at each opportunity – this of course keeps me hydrated and allows for the much needed exercise taking many trips to the bathroom! Wine with my lunch, maybe 1 glass but on long flights I have to be honest – the more water the better, mixed up with the odd juice or mineral water.
Now I often wonder just how much we need to eat on a long flight – apart from a walk up and around the aisles or a visit to the bathroom, we don’t do much for hours and hours. A great array of snacks…..fresh fruit, biscuits, nuts and icy poles is available if not regularly offered. Of course this all depends on the airline.I can’t say I enjoy these long flights but I am lucky enough to regularly venture overseas and many of flight these flights are 12 – 16 hours plus if not into the 20 hour flight.,
So here is my personal list of survival for the flight:
- Discuss food intolerances with your travel agent or if booking on line write into the comments
- Dress in comfy light yet warm clothes with a light pair of socks (I pack a small bag with ‘arrival’ clothes I pop on as I freshen up before arrival – yes I must always look fabulous and arrive looking fresh)!
- Except and drink as much water and as often as you can – I always ask for two glasses / bottles – not one.
- Limit snacking and high sugar or salty foods
- Don’t eat the meals for the sake of it – if your not hungry why eat. Many nutritionists have told me to limit food intake as much as possible. Overeating and then sitting in a chair for hours afterwards simply makes me even more uncomfortable.
- Walk around and up and down the aisles, stretch and sleep as much as possible.
Smile and always hope for a magic upgrade – yes we all want to be closer to the pointy end.
Stay tuned for more of my American eating travels…