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7/11/10 10:31 P

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Oh, man! The caffeine would keep me awake, if not for its properties that stimulate the mind, then for its stimulation of the bladder! Every hour, on the hour!
(TMI? Sorry.)

Gum - reduce boredom: buy lots of flavors, empty the packages into a brown paper (ok: opaque) bag and reach in for a surprise every time. Make sure NO ONE slips in jalpeno!

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7/11/10 11:18 A

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GORDONODELL, I will likely be chewing sugar free gum for most of the ride and will have may diet soda to load me up with caffeine.



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7/11/10 10:05 A

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Boredom promotes the drive for "oral gratification." Don't smoke. Snack? Carrots, celery, water (has its drawbacks), ice (see water.) Chewing gum?

When I was hiking a lot, I used to keep a pebble in my mouth to suck on - it kept the saliva moving and I didn't have a dry mouth.

Would any of this be helpful?

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7/10/10 10:49 P

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I think the rough part may be avoiding snacking. The boredom of 26 hours of windshield time could easily take its toll.



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7/10/10 10:29 P

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Also: get some Fibre 1 bars: about 170 calories I think and 5 or 6 g fibre. Taste pretty good and will keep you full. If you eat one about 15 minutes before you hit the rest stop, you'll likely eat less.

Mcdonald's has the fruit n fibre muffin. Also packs a bunch of fibre to help keep hunger in check.


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7/10/10 10:23 P

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ON2VICTORY,

I was already planning on some "pre-eating" by packing a cooler with what ever fruits and veggies we have in the fridge before we leave and will likely make a bunch of sandwiches to tide the kids over and avoid happy meals as long as possible.

Great ideas!



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7/10/10 10:18 P

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If there are bagel shops, a high fibre bagel with light cream cheese.

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7/10/10 3:42 P

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one thing i forgot to mention, the best tip of all!

try "pre-eating" ie... bring a cooler. stop at grocery stores along the way and snack on veggies, fruit, maybe some lean turkey on Thin Buns (100 cal each)string cheese - 80 cal each or less etc... - for you, not the kids unless they want some too. that way when you do take them somewhere, you are not going in starving so you can order a whopper jr instead of a whole meal - know thy enemy, a standard McD's meal or BK is going to set you back around 1300 cal or more and wont do a thing for you.

may seem like alot of fuss but what is your health worth to you?

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try to squeeze in a few trips to subway, they are my fast food haven. the salads are excellent calorie-wise and there is a large menu of very good items. that said, every fast food joint is different and it is going to be like waltzing through a minefield. Do some research on the net for nutrition facts of some of the more common fast food joints and try to make up your mind ahead of time ( as much as possible) or at least get a basic picture and maybe choose the lesser of 2 evils. - above all, DONT DRINK YOUR CALORIES, the best thing is either water or some diet soda.

For pizza, try a thin and crispy cheese pizza - large, only 190 cal per slice as opposed to 390 for Pan Pizza - cheese.

Look for ways to shave calories like a woman clips cupons, less breadding here, water there. it adds up and may be your only option.

good luck.

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7/10/10 11:01 A

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Good luck! you will need it! LOL

Nowadays most fast food places do have healthier choices... Frozen yogurt, fruit salad, different salads. If you look at the menus beyond the (delicious but fattening) burgers you will see. Have a fantastic trip!

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7/10/10 10:53 A

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I'm about to start a summer road trip--26 hours in the car with three kids 6 and under (wish me luck!).

If you had to eat for two days at fast food restaurants and gas stations what is the healthiest thing you could choose?



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