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Low-Carb Traveling

Low-Carb Traveling

It’s vacation time! Summer is the season that finds most people heading out on a vacation. It might be a flight to visit family or some exotic location. It may be a camping trip. It can quite often mean a road trip. No matter where you’re headed or how you get there, traveling with diabetes means extra attention should be paid. Not only that, if you are following a low carb diet you will need to plan ahead even more.

Airports and airplanes can be tricky for people with diabetes. The food you can find in an airport wouldn’t win any awards for being healthy, although you can find a few places that will offer salads. Add to that the fact that you can’t carry your own beverages on board and costs can add up quickly. You can, however, bring your own food. Traveling without refrigeration means carrying foods that won’t spoil. Nuts are the first thing that comes to mind. A bag full of nuts will give you something to snack on that is nutritious and filling. Cheese sticks can last for a while without refrigeration and would be a nice compliment to the nuts. Low carb protein bars will work in a pinch. Be careful to read the nutrition labels to be sure they aren’t loaded with carbs. Homemade low-carb snacks and cookies would also work.

Camping is one of my favorite activities and I find it easy to better control my blood glucose while I’m out in the woods. Why? Because you can only eat what you bring along so I’m not tempted by foods I’m trying to avoid. Add to that the fact that I’m more likely to go for a hike or avoid stress by reading a book and it all adds up to better blood glucose control. Your cooler will be your friend while camping. Boiled eggs, cheese and salad are right at your fingertips. Wraps made with lettuce leaves or low carb tortillas make a great lunch. Grilled meats are a must. I also like to make one pot meals at home. All they need is a warm-up on your camp stove and you have dinner. Cooler tip: use frozen 1 gallon water jugs instead of cubed ice to avoid a watery mess, plus you’ll have drinking water.

Road trips are common during the summer. Close your eyes and picture a convenience store; the type you would find at a gas station or truck stop. What do you see? Rows and rows of carbohydrates, right? If you plan well, the only thing you’ll need in that convenience store is the restroom or possibly a diet soda or coffee. Planning ahead and carrying your foods in a cooler will make your trip easier and will be blood glucose friendlier. All of the foods mentioned above will work quite well on a road trip.

Vacation time is meant to be relaxing and fun. Having diabetes doesn’t have to change that as long as you plan ahead. Focus on the trip and not on what you can’t eat. Trust me, you’re worth the effort.

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