It’s quite challenging to go on a ketogenic diet even with a full kitchen where you can prepare all those meal plans. How much more when you are on a vacation and food arrays assail your eyes and nostrils wherever you go? Sticking to a high-fat low-carb diet can be excruciating when traveling either for work or for pleasure. But it doesn’t have to be that way though. You can still uphold the body’s ketosis level when on the road with the following tips:
It’s all about pre-trip research.
Regardless of what dietary regimen you’re in, doing a research before embarking on a trip is still the best way to go. Even more so when on a ketogenic diet. Check accommodations with en-suite kitchens or perhaps, hotels with restaurants that offer menus perfect for a high-fat low-carb diet. Researching on keto-friendly restaurants and watering holes must also be on your research list. Check also what fruits and vegetables are in season in the area, delicacies and the likes– to fit to your keto diet. If you know what you got in wherever place you’re going to gives you the advantage to plan and stick to your diet.
Choose accommodation with an en-suite kitchenette.
There are so many choices on top of the usual hotel and residences that offer a small kitchen. Airbnb started it and a slew of online portals are also popping online for your easy access. The best thing about having your own small kitchen is that you can take full control of your diet by preparing your own meals. This also helps to slash vacation money to a half or maybe more. Fresh local ingredients will definitely rock your palate.
Prepare packed meals.
Going on a short trip for business or work? Why not prepare packed meals good for the entire trip. There’s just no sense hunting down for restaurant hotspots when you are short on time and can’t do any tourist-y escapades for local delicacies. With this in mind, you may want to stock-up on easy to pack yet hard-to-go-rotten meals like hard-boiled eggs, sliced cold cuts, bacon, and the likes. Encase them in airtight containers and shove unto the fridge upon checking in. Do make use of a zip-lock bags for protection against leaks.
Maneuver wisely over restaurant menus.
Again, this requires some research prior to departure. There are quite a number of restaurants nowadays that allow customers freedom to tweak on their ingredients. You can ask that olive oil or ghee be used for your salads and main entrees, for instance. Or you may want to say no to bread or toast, and opt for no-bun burgers with bacon and cheese. There are also various restaurants nowadays that offer keto-friendly menu. The key is to know there location and contact information, and everything will be a breeze.
Be wary on what to drink.
Keep hydrated with water– infused or not, it doesn’t matter. Water is a must-have whenever, wherever. If you feel like having fun, stick to low-carb drinks. Think: low-carb vodka mojito like this recipe or this keto-friendly Kamikaze shots. Also, steer clear of sugary sodas, canned juice, softdrinks and the likes. Go for bulletproof coffee, green tea or bullion. Do you also know what a flute of champagne only has 1g of carbs? So does dry wine and straight spirits. Be careful when you drive though.
Pack on keto snacks.
It’s so easy to go ravenous when traveling. So, pack on keto snacks like nuts and seeds, jerky, Parmesan crisp cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, low-carb leftovers, dark chocolate bars, and so on. Choose snacks that are plane-friendly to ditch airport meltdown. These pre-packed snacks will not only take you away from temptation, but will also save you money from all that overpriced airport foods.
These tips on keto while traveling are known for their efficacy in keeping you full control of your diet. Another important thing– eat, rest and drink well a day prior to your trip. You would not want to arrive looking and feeling like a fish out of water. Travel can easily sabotage your diet, but with the right planning, common sense and dedication to your goals– you can very well arrive in your destination and come back with your diet plans unscathed. Do remember to have fun though. It’s no mortal sin to have a cheat day.