Thursday, May 21, 2015

Food for travel

I do my best to ensure smooth, stress-free traveling.  This includes planning, packing, flying, appointments, accommodations and FOOD.  No matter how disciplined one is, however, eating the regular primal diet while traveling is pretty darn tough.
Scenarios to contend with:
* Grocery and "Fine Foods" stores which have few or no fresh vegetables (seriously???), where you are lucky to find a bag of (non organic) carrots.
*  Restaurants where you order vegetables and they serve a pea-sized amount of food or just a bunch of potatoes and onions (their definition of mixed vegetables) drowning in oil.
*  Restaurants that blank out when you request steamed/no sauce or oil and serve you fatty, slimy stuff anyway.
*  Being stuck with canned stuff ( bonus points if you packed a can opener) because your hotel room fridge isn't working properly.

That being said I have loaded up with supplements and extra vitamins.  Should one take vitamins to get all the daily needed micronutrients?  My advice is to get as much of your daily nutritional requirements as possible from food.  When a balanced diet is not available or when the body is under extra stress (eg. during travel) then I recommend extra vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and hydration.  Nuts, low sodium V8 juice, almond-oat kashi bars, protein powder, canned fish, bagged baby carrots and single serving sizes of plain yogurt have been a big part of my travel diet.  Three times I went out for Chinese dinner and ordered lots of vegetables and tofu, with enough food to take away in a doggie bag and stash in my hotel fridge (we got it working again) for breakfast the next day.

It's eye-opening to see the kind of food offered in restaurants and sold in grocery stores, obviously there to appeal to the masses.  Wow, can people really enjoy eating so much fat, salt and sugar?

The sad answer is yes - that is why such food is available in abundance.  Business owners stock what people want to buy.

Peace out.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Have nutrition app, will travel

Eating clean regular meals while traveling (especially when air travel and hotels are involved) can be challenging!

I'm bringing my protein tracker app to help me stay on top of my macro and micro nutrient intake.  I've become really good at estimating portion size (BTW most people underestimate their portions by 25-40%!).

Sometimes it comes down to making the best choice of an uninspiring collection.  I'm sure that Air Canada's Executive service will at least have SOMETHING edible.  Ditto for airports.  I'm willing to sacrifice variety for cleanliness of food (not processed, fried, etc.), so if I end up subsisting on protein shakes and simple mini-fridge snacks (plain yogurt, carrot sticks, canned fish, unadulterated nuts, low sodium V8 juice, bag salads, nuke-able frozen veggies) that's OK.

Nothing beats home cooked grilled vegetables and salmon though, or a huge veggie tofu stir fry with a few herbs and spices.  Or a Whole Foods plain roasted chicken with a crisp, crunchy organic salad!

How do people live on processed food and fast food?