I have trouble flying since keeping food cold is a pain. I used to keep food in a cooler until I got to the airport, bring a collapsible cooler with empty zip lock bags and fill the zip locks when I get to the airport. However, I had a restaurant give me a hard time about taking some ice (even though I bought a drink there). So I don't go through that anymore. For planes, its jerky, nuts, Atkin's bars (again, last resort) and vacuum packed tuna. I get some mayo packets and a plastic fork after I'm through TSA and make tuna salad (but don't eat it on the plane because I don't want to offend my neighbor). I usually can find a salad with chicken at the airport.
While tomorrow is a road trip and I'm limiting my stops, I won't be going to a sit down place. Since I travel via plane every other week, I try and scope out some restaurants that I know have many safer options for low-carbers. My favorite chain is Ruby Tuesdays. They have a salad bar and several low carb side dish options, such as mashed cauliflower and fresh grilled green beans. Here is the link to the menu: http://www.rubytuesday.com/menu/dinner/.
In reply to the restaurant question, I don't know if these chains are on the east coast, but Hardee's has a low carb thick burger wrapped in lettuce. Also, Jimmy John's has unwiches - any of their sandwiches wrapped in lettuce - and they are delicious. My favorite thing to eat on the road that I never eat otherwise, is the cheddar dogs you find at gas stations, without the bun of course. For some reason, those taste really good to me, even though I never eat hot dogs or similar things at home (except for brats).
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Sheltie - you are an inspiration to me with all of your thoughtful preparations. In fact, I am going to copy - paste your comment onto a word document, print it out and read it before I go on vacation next month.
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Saw this topic, so didn't want to start a new one. I'm on a 12 hr road trip tomorrow. I have hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks, jerky, a serving of macadamia nuts, iced green tea that I made, water, and Atkin's shakes (last resort). I plan to stop once at Wendy's and have a burger without a bun with a side salad if I get sick of what I have. Should be good to go!
If you have internet service or a smart phone just look up the choices at the restaurants that you're going to. I don't have any trouble finding choices at restaurants, it's private functions that sometimes throw me.
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We travel a lot and I never eat off plan. I do fast food burgers when on the road. If we go out to eat, I get a steak and make it very clear that I want to extras and no sauces. Just the steak and the plate. Breakfast is easy, bacon and eggs. If you order an omlete make sure they do not add milk.
So we are headed to Maine from NC with the four boys. I'd love to hear any tips folks have that work for them with travel.
Unfortunately, my dad has been hospitalized with congestive heart failure and we will be cooped up and it looks like the weather will be bad. I usually walk and swim for exercise when there but that may be curtailed. I am going to bring my bands and will try to look up some Pilates and yoga I can do inside.
I'm hoping to keep my weight steady at least by cooking most meals but I know there will be temptations along the way while eating out.
Any favorite restaurant chains? Cracker Barrel has been great with a low carb menu for me. I can also be assured if I discard starchy carbs my four boys and hubby will eat them up.
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