There’s no doubt about it. Traveling can really impact the way that a person eats because we tend to choose convenient and easy options like what one might find at a rest stop or diner. This poses some willpower-related challenges for people on the ketogenic diet, especially if they didn’t plan ahead. Follow these five travel tips to keep in stride with keto when your menu options are limited by your travels.
Home is the easiest place to eat right and stay on track, so make sure to load up on your favorite and most filling keto-friendly meal before departing for your trip. This will help you stave off hunger for longer, thus combating the urge to snack mid-road trip or flight.
During your travels you might get stricken with hunger, regardless of how satisfying your breakfast was. You should bring along some of your favorite keto-friendly snacks for such an occasion. Consider packing these items into your carry-on (if you’re flying) or a travel bag that you can easily keep on-hand:
- Cheese snacks
- Jerky or bacon strips
- Celery sticks (perhaps with the addition of cream cheese)
- Dark chocolate, if you can eat it sparingly
- Hard boiled eggs
If possible, you could even bring a premade snack or meal that you made at home that aligns with your ketogenic diet. Leftovers are great, too!
If you’re at a rest stop or diner and can’t find any options that you like and are suitable for keto, go for the classic: a cup of coffee. Black coffee is great, but you can also add heavy cream or melted butter to your coffee if you desire a bit more flavor. Coffee, in addition to being a great pick-me-up, is great for helping fight off hunger.
If fasting is a part of your diet, then try to plan your fast around your travel time. This will keep you on the path toward ketogenic diet success and remove the worries of food from the equation – at least for a time, depending on how long you’re going to be traveling.
If you know you’re going to be away for a few days, or you don’t know how long you will be gone for, it’s important that you take your vitamins and other supplements with you along for the ride. Magnesium and potassium are especially important, so make sure to put those in your travel bag before you hit the road!
Traveling is stressful enough when you aren’t on a relatively rigid diet like the ketogenic diet. When you add this into the equation, it can feel a bit overwhelming. But if you plan ahead of time to prioritize your low-carb ambitions, you will be able to enjoy the trip much, much easier. Travel safely and have a great time!