I'm glad to hear you're okay- I've been wondering where you went
Living on the road has its challenges, that's for sure. There are so many temptations, and so many unhealthy quick fixes that even when I'm feeling on top of things, I have to always be prepared.
I was a home tutor for our local district while I was taking some bridge courses before I started my PhD work and I remember the horrendous time challenges, esp because these parents seemed to put everything ahead of the home tutor...
Here are some of my 'tricks'- I always travel with a stash of Atkins Advantage shakes. If they are warm- I duck into a quick stop or 7-11 and purchase a glass of water- (the cup and lid and ice). It costs me between 10 and 15 cents- but I just throw the shake onto the ice. Sometimes I throw and extra packet of protein (whey protein- sugar free) into it as well - I also have Atkins AdVantage bars and OhYeah bars (the kit kat type) in my emergency kit. I go to Mickie D's and buy the Caesar salad without the chicken- eat that and drink a shake (quick meal, filling and on track).
I also purchase Cabot 50% Vermont Cheddar in individually-wrapped packages at Sam's club. When I can find them, I buy Black Diamond cheddar, Gouda, and Jarlesburg Swiss, Laughing Cow, String cheese, and the like as individuals- and tote them along in my bag.
I used to carry nuts in tiny tuppwerware containers (1 oz), but I started to feel like a squirrel and found myself eating way too many of those little containers in a day- so I confine myself to 1 oz portions of freshly ground almond butter and a bag of baby carrots every once in awhile. I find one of those is plenty- where I could probably eat 6 oz of mixed nuts and still want more.
I always carry Poland Spring water in sport size bottles by the case when I'm driving- and South Beach has these new packets that add protein to your water- I think they call them get-you-through (something along those lines- I'm out of them or I'd give you the exact name). I recently had to do a show- alone- 12-14 hour sessions, and those literally saved my blood sugar- I drank the bottles at regular intervals, even while I was conducting workshops- and I felt great.
Most Subways will now make your sub into a salad- you get the same stuff, just no bread. Some of them carry veggie burgers- so I get one of those + the veggie sub salad- quite tasty and filling.
I go to chinese places with a mongolian bar-b-que and ask for tofu, pick my plate of veggies and have them cook it in low salt soy sauce + oil
At chipotle or other mexican places - I get the Burritos in a salad bowl- no rice, black beans, veggies, quacamole, cheese and sour cream-
At Ruby tuesday- I eat the Salad bar, or veggie burger, no roll, mashed cauliflower instead of fries
At IHOP ( Denny's, Perkins) - I get an omelet with cheese, mushrooms, green peppers- and a salad no potatoes, no pancakes
I can find good stuff to eat anywhere except for Panera- heck, I even ate at the cheesecake factory - Eggwhite omelet with avocado and a side salad- it was so filling I didn't even want to eat a bite of cheesecake.
Diner type places will always give you a side salad with your meal- one lady recently brought me fresh fruit (berries) and a salad because I told her no homefires and no pancakes or muffins- she gave me the 'nod' and brought out the good stuff- my traveling companion was so jealous- haha. I never said a word about being a diabetic- maybe she saw my medical alert bracelet- it was funny.
I can't remember how restricted with carbs you have to be- I think the Atkins stuff is all 1-3 net carbs and they taste good. And Oh Yeah bars are my 90 calorie/2 net carb life lines so often, they should use me as a company spokesman.
Hope this helps you!
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett
Post Edited (gelchick) : 3/3/2008 11:01:45 AM (GMT-7)