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5/16/19 2:07 A

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One thing is certain about road trips - you need a cooler. Trust me on this they will save you in the hottest of days. Nobody likes sitting in that big hunk of metal on wheels. I would usually pack some salads or oranges in the cooler. Handly little thing actually.

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One thing is certain about road trips - you need a cooler. Trust me on this they will save you in the hottest of days. Nobody likes sitting in that big hunk of metal on wheels. I would usually pack some salads or oranges in the cooler. Handly little thing actually.

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4/26/19 4:16 P

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I've done all of your suggestions through the years and they are very helpful. We'll be heading to the D.C. area in June. I like short stops while he likes the longer drive. Lucky for me he's at an age he is also needing more breaks. Hopefully he can get through the service at Arlington.



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4/22/19 8:06 P

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If its being bored, why not bring along a few things to do? If you can read,, read.

Sudoko book? Word search? Adult coloring book? Crochet? Knit?

Singing is ALWAYS AWESOME!! Bring along a charger for your phone in the car and listen to songs you've downloaded. Hard to eat when singing

Love all the many suggestions!!

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4/13/19 2:43 P

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Lots of good ideas.



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3/25/19 12:11 P

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Another vote for URBANREDNEK!

When I was 6 months pregnant with my first, we had to do a 6+ hour drive to visit family. My doctor at the time recommended we stop every hour, get out, and walk around for 5 minutes. It did add time to the drive, of course, but we both showed up way more rested for the frequent breaks and exercise!

Instead of pulling in feeling like all we wanted to do was lay on the couch until dinner (which was how we normally felt after that drive), we were both fine, and ready to hang out with family.

Ever since then, we've made a concerted effort to stop at least every 2 hours and get out and moving for at least 5 minutes at each stop. When we stop for a meal, we don't get food to go, but get out, sit down, and have a real meal. Then, in the car, we keep snacks to plain cut up veggies only, so if we feel like eating something else, we have to make a conscious decision to stop traveling and have a real meal.

I've always traveled with lots of water (thanks, Mom and Dad!), so dehydration's never an issue, but I do tend to munch when bored in the car, so the veggies help a lot.

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3/24/19 8:37 P

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I try to eat only when hungry, not win board. But since driving in my area may Entail long stretches with no place to eat, I always carry some healthy snacks. Usually I bring fruit, protein bar, and a few nuts or hard boiled egg.

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3/24/19 6:17 P

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thank you!

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3/22/19 9:21 P

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We are in the midst of a drive from FL to NY. We have a cooler with fruit and I pack healthy snack. Good news is that most places have healthy snacks or at least fruit. We ended up eating at McDonalds twice and enjoyed their grilled chicken sandwich. With our dog we have to stop about every 2 hours to walk him so that helps with the boredom.

Lucky for me, snacking in the car was never something that I wanted to do and still don't.

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3/22/19 6:37 A

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Yes to UrbanRedneck's idea!!!! And I agree that packing a cooler with healthy snacks like yogurt cups and cottage cheese and fruits and vegetables is key. Enjoy your trip.

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3/22/19 3:14 A

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I agree with much of URbanRedneck's post.

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Congratulations and best wishes for your upcoming anniversary, and major kudos for planning ahead on how to best enjoy it while incorporating some new approaches!

If you are trying to make permanent changes to a healthier lifestyle, then one of the more important changes that you can start with is to eat when you are hungry - and not when you are bored.

Instead of eating your way through the drive, perhaps you would be able to enjoy it more if you planned on taking a slower but more scenic route, or if you plan on having a stop at an interesting or scenic place every 2-1/2 to 3 hours --- somewhere that you can get out of the vehicle, have a 10 or 15 minute walk, and then sit down and enjoy a healthy snack before heading off again. For what is typically a 9 hour drive, I would plan a walking / snack stop of 30 minutes after 2.5 hours of driving, a walking / lunch stop of 30 minutes at 5.5 hours in (5 hours total driving + 30 minutes stopped), and another walking / snack stop of 30 minutes at 8.5 hours in (7-1/2 hours of driving + 1 hour stopped) --- leaving a final 1-1/2 hours of driving for a total trip time of 10-1/2 hours (more if the stopping place was interesting enough to merit a longer walk!).

Breaking up the trip and allowing for walking will keep the circulation going (avoid blood clots!), and will start to break your mental association with sitting in the car and eating. When you plan ahead and choose scenic or interesting spots, then you will find the overall drive less boring since you have something close to look forward to. There is also the option for you to have a map in hand or electronic version, and spend the time in between stops researching where to stop next --- giving you something productive and fun to do and talk about during the driving.

Besides the mental association / habit of eating in the car, there is also the issue most of us have with getting easily dehydrated while in a vehicle --- and mistaking thirst for hunger. Definitely have flavourful liquids available --- coffee in the morning (if you are a coffee drinker) and other light and refreshing options for the rest of the day. I like to bring a thermos of ginger mint tea (nice for helping with motion sickness, too) as well as some extra tea bags (can always refill the thermos with hot water at gas stops), and some fruit slices to drop in to water bottles (lemon, orange, lime, cucumber, mint).

For snacks and meals en route, we bring along a cooler (a plug-in model, that we can keep in our hotel room) and I load it up with chopped fresh veggies (carrots, celery, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.) along with dip made with Greek yogurt, fruit slices and chunks, lots of Greek yogurt (I make my own plain - then mix it in portions with chopped fruits and nut butter and seeds). I usually have a mix of different cold meats that were planned leftovers from before we left --- chunks of chicken, turkey, ham, roast beef, and pork loin --- along with some mixed salmon or tuna salad (made with yogurt and chopped veggies), a pile of hard-boiled eggs, individual cheese portions, slices of wholegrain sourdough breads or some wholegrain wraps, some low-carb rolls, and some mixed / cooked grain salads (quinoa / teff / buckwheat - cooked, then sauteed with some onions / mushrooms / spinach / nuts). I also bring along lots of nuts and seeds, some beef or turkey jerky, whole fruits (apples, pears, oranges, avocado), and usually an assortment of homemade muffins (wholegrain, high fibre, high protein) with nut butters, and often I'll throw in a batch of "egg muffins" (usually a ham / onion / mushroom / spinach blend). I can't have typical salads - but if you can, then some "mason jar" salad ideas can make fantastic snacks on the road.

Basically - the idea is the same on the road as it is in your "normal" routine, where you want to choose snacks and meals that are nutritious and delicious --- and have them at a time and place where you truly and mindfully enjoy them (and aren't just mindlessly munching on calories that you are neither needing nor even really noticing - never mind enjoying). By stopping and walking around and then sitting down to focus on a balanced choice (proteins, healthy fats, and high fibre and high nutrient carbs), you are far more likely to be physically and mentally satisfied - and to enjoy the overall trip far more!

When packing for the trip, don't forget some plates, cutlery, wipes, dish soap and wash cloth, and condiments (I pack mine in to a plastic tote that I can use as a dishpan) --- and a few extra bags for carrying dirty dishes and disposing of garbage along the way.

Oh - and I can personally vouch for this approach helping get rid of the "eat your way through long drive" habit, since this is what my husband and I started doing a few years ago emoticon We also went back to a childhood car "game", and started keeping track of what wildlife we see as we drive - and now find that drives fly by as we're noting the various deer and moose and elk and owls that we see off in the fields or in the brush beside the roads.

Have fun!



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3/21/19 6:42 P

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I always travel with a cooler or two and make frequent grocery store stops, maybe once a day. I have a kitchen kit with utensils, a potato peeler, can opener, spices, oil, butter and a pot and pan. We take a two burner Coleman camp stove so we can cook healthy on route.

We sleep in the van too but that’s a whole other story...

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3/21/19 4:05 P

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That is awesome advise. Thank you so much!!

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Low calorie is going to be lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, beans, legumes and lite dairy. You're still generally avoiding bread, pastries, potatoes, pasta and rice, but now also full fat dairy like whole milk, cream, ice cream and cheese. Nuts are still good, but in moderation. If you google for low calorie snacks you'll find lots of ideas.

A tip for fast food places: check the kids menu, they often have a fruit cup or veggie sticks as an option you can order.





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Awesome Ideas thank you! Just started the low calorie diet. I had been on the low carb but doctor changed me to 1200-1500 Calorie a day and I am not sure how to do that.

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Have some healthy drinks on hand, water, sugar free drinks, black coffee, whatever you like. Keep your stomach full and you're less likely to want 'munchies'. Prep some fruit - apples are nice and crunchy -- or nuts for the car. I avoid taking anything chocolate as it tends to melt in the car.

Have a plan for gas station convenience store and restaurant stops. If looking at an aisle of candy bars and rows of bagged chips is too much temptation, stay in the car, or tell yourself you are going to choose flavored water and a bag of pumpkin seeds. Use google maps (or a phone app) to look up your route and see what restaurant choices you have, and look at their menus online before you go. Most have nutritional information included. You do not have to go to the first burger drive through off the highway exit. Find a place that serves salads, veggie wraps, or whatever you need to stay on track. Do the same with places at your destination. If you've already selected restaurants which offer you good choices it will take a lot of stress off you, knowing you can eat healthy, and help you avoid bad decisions at places with poor menus.





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3/21/19 2:10 P

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Thank you.

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3/21/19 1:13 P

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Eat the same healthy snacks you eat at home.
Since you are driving, you can even have perishables in a cooler.

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My husband and I are planning an anniversary trip next week to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! It is a 9 hour drive from where we live in Mississippi. I get board sometimes while driving and have always eat the whole trip. My question is , does anyone have any healthy snack ideas that I can take to stay on track on this trip. All suggestions are welcomed. Thank you.,

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