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Yes You Can Eat Low-Carb On The Go

Low-carb eating is a great way to lose weight, get healthier, and feel great. But what if your days are hectic, you often are on the run, and travel is a way of life for

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Low Carb Breakfast 090219 (Photo credit: Cam Switzer)

you? Should you just forget the idea of starting this kind of diet? Not at all! Low-carb eating on-the-go is entirely possible and probable if you have the right information and plan ahead. Here are some ways you can eat low-carb while on the move:

Keep a Stash Handy

The worst thing that can happen on the low-carb diet is you end up somewhere unexpected, or for longer than expected, and hunger strikes.

Two things occur when this happens;

  • there’s food available to you but it’s filled with carbs and offers little nutrition.
  • those hunger pangs mean your body has already started going into famine mode, which means it’s storing fat.

The way to manage this situation is to plan ahead… far ahead. Always have a low-carb stash on hand for situations like this. Sure people might think you a little odd pulling food out of your purse, but who cares! You’ll feel great when that resolve to lose weight earns you looks of admiration!

Good foods to have in your long-term stash are obviously foods you can store for a while and won’t go bad. For these emergencies, you may want to invest in low-carb bars, shakes, and protein-powders, but you can also buy regular everyday low-carb foods like jerky, certain dried fruits, nuts, or even single packets of ready-to-eat tuna.

If you’re planning for your day at work or on the move when you have a cooler, for instance, you can go for plenty of other low-carb items to nibble on including great snacks like celery stuffed with cream cheese, smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, a variety of cheeses, yogurt, and natural peanut butter, just to name a few. Bags of washed and cut broccoli, cauliflower, and other crunchy vegetables satisfies the urge to crunch and fills the tummy. The trick is to have them ready when you are headed out the door. It’s all about the planning.

Know Where and What You Can Eat at Restaurants

If you’re on the go you might just have to stop at a restaurant (sit down or fast-food) to eat. If you know ahead of time where you’ll be eating, look up the menu and figure out what you can eat ahead of time. Almost all large-chain restaurants have their menu and nutritional information posted on their websites. If it’s a smaller restaurant you’ll be going to, call them and ask if they have any low-carb options. The point is, again, to plan ahead.

If you don’t know where you’ll be stopping and just happen to find yourself in a restaurant, ask your server. They should be more than happy to let you know what’s available and make suggestions. Any good server will help guide you through your choices. Most restaurants now offer “no bun” choices for sandwiches, as well as substitutions for the typical carb-loaded side.

Inform Your Host and Offer to Bring a Dish

Probably one of the most difficult situations when you’re out and about is visiting or celebrating with friends. You don’t want to push your low-carb lifestyle on everyone, but you want to stick to your guns. How do you do both?

Here’s an example: I went to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house. I made sure to tell her I’m eating low-carb so she wouldn’t be offended when I passed on some foods, like her famous pumpkin pie. I also assured her not to worry, there will be plenty I can eat, after all, there would be lots of turkey and vegetables. I then asked my friend if I could bring a dish that would fit a low-carb diet but that everyone would enjoy, and she said that would be great, since she wasn’t entirely sure what was on my diet. I went to the local grocery store and bought a big spinach salad that had eggs, bacon, and other low-carb toppings. Not only was my salad a hit, but my carbs were barely over my limit for the day and that was after turkey, two glasses of white wine, and a little helping of sweet potato. Okay, I couldn’t resist a sliver of pumpkin pie! Oh well, a little splurge every once in a while doesn’t hurt, and can actually help you stay on track.

Remember, most friends and family understand your desire to stick with your low-carb eating. When you’re visiting friends, they will want to work it out and do what’s comfortable for you. They won’t want you to go hungry, and they don’t want you to feel forced to eat something that sabotages your weight loss goals. If you talk to your hosts ahead of time they shouldn’t have any hurt feelings over you passing up some of the offerings available during their feast.

I’ll admit eating low-carb on the go might be tricky at times and it is a little extra work. What you’ve got to keep in mind as you plan and plot your days out and about is that it’s worth the effort. The rewards are great and they can be life-changing. Doesn’t a bit of planning seem like a small part when you put it that way?