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10/14/17 12:22 A

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Glad things went well, and thanks for coming back and posting.

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10/13/17 3:10 P

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We had a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for all the great advice! The best part was when we weighed in on our return. My husband was stunned at not having gained. In the past, he has been discouraged at how much backsliding he did while on vacation. It often took months of being careful to undo the damage from even a short trip. None of that on this trip! I think advance planning is the key.

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10/3/17 7:12 A

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We make our way down to Florida each year so we are on the road for 3 days. We usually stay at Hampton Inns as they put out a nice breakfast buffet that always includes fruit and usually hard boiled eggs and oatmeal. We have our cooler packed with cold water and our favorite greek yogurt. We rarely stop for lunch, OK we stop mid afternoon for a quick ice cream (small) at MacDonald's. It is just so refreshing after you've been on the road so long. We stay in the same places at night so I know ahead what restaurants are available and I usually don't have any problem staying on plan.
Hope you have a good trip.

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9/26/17 10:12 A

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MISSRUTH,
so true. I forget that I do the same. I look up a restaurants menu on the internet, do my nutritional research ahead of time, and that helps me find either a restaurant, or a few items within a restaurants menu that are on my plan (very low carb in my case).

I just didn't put together the idea that one can do this while on the road... *duh*.

You are so right. Even a burger place like Wendy's can have a few choices (or a choice) for me that is on my plan, like the chili there.

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9/26/17 9:16 A

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In addition to all of the great suggestions you've gotten-- one of the things I did (because my husband likes to stop sometimes and eat at a restaurant when we're on the road)-- before the trip, I looked up the nutritional information online for various restaurants, and used a little notebook I keep in my purse, to "pre-decide" what I'd order, if we stopped. You could use the Notes on your phone to do this.

Since a stop usually means fast food or a chain restaurant for us when we're on the road (something close to the highway), those were the restaurants I looked at. And the bonus to this, is when my DH would say "Where do you want to eat?", I'd already know which restaurant had the best options for me. No dithering over where to eat!

For example, at Wendy's, order (this or that). At Subway, get (this or this or this). At Chili's, get (this). You can "pre-decide" for any restaurant you know your DH favors. No "deer in the headlights" look, when faced with a menu, because DH wanted to stop. You can order with confidence, because you've already looked.

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9/25/17 11:18 P

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I just came back from a road trip. I packed my cooler with baggies of pre-cut raw veggies, some apples and bananas, cheesesticks. I used chicken from a rotisserie chicken to have protein with the heal of a loaf of whole wheat bread (I'm thrifty like that). I had a containers of leftovers that I could eat cold. I munched on raw veggies and apples. I always keep a protein bar in my purse, for emergencies. It was only over the weekend, but I did alright on target. Lots of good ideas here. Definitely remember a spoon!

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9/25/17 9:54 P

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Sounds like you have veggies covered. Good road snax: Nuts - but measure servings out in little baggies, don't just munch. Cashews are my favorite and it's 10-11 (not sure) nuts per serving - not that low in calories but very satisfying. Skim milk cheese stix. Jerkey (love it and it takes time to eat). Laughing cow cheese bites - lots of cheese flavors and quite tasty.30-35 calories. Unleavened crackers...I'm not Jewish but love matzo bread with say laughing cow cheese. Buy a roasted chicken and cut it up - best to take the skin off, but really not so bad.And if you want dessert - and who doesn't share a medium scoop of regular ice cream of some sort or get a kid's cup.

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9/25/17 10:45 A

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As for yogurt. I suggest unflavoured Greek yogurt, more protein, far less sugar and carbs.

Then I put a squirt of Mio (a water flavourer) in the unflavoured yogurt. Lemon, grape, strawberry ... with not added calories. Maybe some chemical colours or flavours, but heck, it works for me.

Why Greek yogurt and not some other plain yogurt? Less carbs.

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9/24/17 3:17 P



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NEWROSE,

If you're eating a diet rich in fruit and veggies, you don't have to worry about not getting enough calcium. Are you eating plenty of collards, spinach, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, arugula ? Your dark leafy greens are loaded with calcium. If you're eating plenty of fruit, think oranges, figs, limes, blackberries, grapefruit and strawberries. Those have calcium too.

I think the problem is that most Americans don't eat enough fresh fruit and veggies, so their doctors tell them to drink milk or eat yogurt for calcium.

Also, if you don't want to drink milk, you can look into soy or almond milk as alternatives. Both are loaded with calcium too.

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9/24/17 2:11 P

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Very true! Label reading is vital. If you enjoy Greek yogurt, I encourage you to read and compare the labels on various brands to find the ones that fit best into your nutritional needs.

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9/24/17 2:01 P

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We all need to read labels for the rest of our life!

Have fun on your trip!

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9/24/17 12:43 P

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Thanks for the advice! I guess finding out about Greek yogurt threw me for a loop but if I keep in mind that it is going toward my carbs for the day, there is no need to stop eating it. I think I started using yogurt as a dairy serving years ago because I was concerned about getting enough calcium. When Greek yogurt came on the scene I saw it had twice as much protein and switched without studying why that is. I now know that they use twice the milk to make it and strain off some of the whey to concentrate the protein. The trouble is some of the calcium is lost. No problem if you remember to get some calcium somewhere else.
I guess I can never stop reading those labels!

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9/24/17 8:04 A

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I have done some road trips in my day and even bought a small cooler that I stock with pre-cut fruits and vegetables, single servings of cheese, Larabars, Kind Bars, hard boiled eggs, and yes, yogurt. I do not consider my Greek style yogurt cups to be dessert at all. Just remember a spoon. :)

As Luann pointed out, many restaurants have healthier options or may allow healthy substitutions. Just be polite about it, of course.

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I would still be inclined to use your 'dessert' yoghurt if you like it, regardless. It still has calcium, protein and are beneficial nutrients. If you are concerned, just look around for one of the better options, or get fruit Greek Yoghurt. Mine is 2x Protein compared to the usual Greek Yoghurt, and is a fruit-based one. Not as sweet as standard yoghurt but for my taste buds, far better than unsweetened ones. You can freeze some of them before you embark on your journey, too, so it will help to keep your food cooler for longer without taking extra space to do so. .

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9/23/17 5:57 P

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I have never been to a restaurant in recent years where I have not been able to get healthy options. They all have something that doesn't kill my calorie range for the day.

When DH and I are on a road trip, we tend to NOT pack foods, as then we mindlessly snack. We make it a point to stop, and eat mindfully like we do at home.
We DO pack plenty of fluids, and use the bathroom breaks to stretch out.

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You can still enjoy yogurt. Look for FAGE, it's pronounced FAYEH. It's a traditional strained Greek yogurt. The 0% milk fat is 120 calories and less than 10grams of
sugar. I add a small teaspoon of honey or some fresh blue berries to add a little sweetness. Adding fresh berries to plain yogurt is very tasty.

Chobani is another Greek style yogurt that's good, just read the label for the lower sugar flavors. that's if you are watching your sugar.

Even if you eat at a fast food place, once or twice, that is NOT the end of the world. just be mindful of your portion sizes. If I'm on the road and my only option is fast food, I try to look for a Subway. There breakfast sandwiches are good and are even better when you choose to top them with baby spinach, onions, tomatoes, etc.

You don't have to eat right 24/7 to be healthy or lose weight. Indulge, but don't over indulge too much. And if you did go off track a little, you just resume normal eating habits when you get home.

No need to panic just because you're on vacation. I'll be going on vacation soon too. In fact, I'm traveling overseas. I wont have access to a lot of the food I normally eat. I'll be eating what the locals eat. souvlaki and mosuaka. ;)





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9/23/17 11:27 A

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My husband and I are going on a road trip soon and plan to take along a cooler for groceries so we won't have to eat fast food. I plan to stock up on veggies and fruit as well as nuts and Bel Vita breakfast biscuits. I had planned to throw in some yogurt but only recently learned that flavored yogurt is more dessert than dairy serving. I guess I will hard boil some eggs instead.
Does anyone have any go-to meals for on-the-go?

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