The No-Hassle Way to Travel When Dieting
Taking a trip doesn’t have to mean falling off the wagon if you’re on a special diet. Whether you have dietary restrictions because of culture, health issues, allergies or simply the need to lose weight, you no longer have to give up on the eating plan or be on starvation rations. A little bit of planning can help you have an enjoyable trip without going hungry or risking your health.
Check Out Your Options
One of the first things to do is research your diet options and one of the best places to get the help you need is via Twitter, Facebook or another social media site. If you want to know the best places to get gluten free food in San Francisco someone is bound to know – and most people are willing to help. Do a wider web search to see what food options are available when you arrive at your destination or at the airport before you travel. Most places are pretty good about signalling when a meal contains something you may react to.
Flying Long Haul
On a domestic flight, you probably won’t get any food and can purchase or take something suitable with you. On long-haul, though, you might not have a choice. Luckily, most airlines cater for all kinds of diets, offering kosher food, halal food, food for diabetic diets and vegetarian and vegan options. You’re pretty sure to find something you can eat among those options.
Making Your Wishes Known
Traveling to a place where you don’t speak the language. Then it’s back to the web to find out the words you need to indicate the diet you are on or the foods you need to avoid. I can tell people I don’t eat meat or ask if a particular dish contains meat in four language – and counting. And just in case you don’t get the information you require, prepare a little card with the phrase for ‘I’m allergic to [name of food] in the target language.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to keep some snacks on hand in case your flight is delayed or even cancelled. At least then you won’t have to worry about keeping your energy levels up while you wait!
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