Maintain a low-carb lifestyle while you're on the road.
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Whether you live life on the go all the time or you spend a lot of time traveling, maintaining a low-carb diet can be a challenge. If you're not properly prepared when hunger strikes, it's easy to fall victim to vending machines stocked with starchy, sugary and high-carb foods. Keeping hunger under control is the key to maintaining a low-carb diet. By following a few guidelines, you can keep hunger at bay and still remain on your low-carb food plan.1.
Pack individual travel snacks and carry them with you. Put food items in separate zip-top storage bags. Include low-carb items such as string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, berries, vacuum-packed tuna and celery sticks with peanut butter, for example.2.
Check out your route online if traveling by car. Locate places that carry or serve low-carb foods. While gas station mini-marts typically carry high-carb fare, they also carry low-carb items like nuts, seeds, cheese and yogurt. In addition, many hotels offer low-carb meal options. When flying, take along foods, such as nuts, veggies, string cheese or protein bars, to avoid the temptation of buying high-carb airport items like scones and cinnamon buns.3.
Eat a good breakfast before leaving home. A hearty breakfast will help keep your blood sugar stable and prevent sudden hunger attacks that can undermine your low-carb diet.4.
Eat low-carb meals regularly. Eating every four to six hours helps keep you from feeling famished and ensures that your body has a continual supply of energy. You may also feel less tempted to give into a carb craving.5.
Pack food items safely. To prevent bacterial growth, put perishable low-carb foods, such as meat, poultry, deviled eggs and cheese, in a cooler when you're traveling for more than 30 minutes. When driving, keep the cooler in the air-conditioned passenger section of your car instead of the hot trunk and limit the number of times you open the cooler so the inside of it doesn't warm up too much.