Traveling? No problem!
How to Food Freedom while away from home
By Judith Forman
It’s February – and like many people you may be on the post- January Whole30 high. You had a great round last month and after reintroduction, you’re carefully treading in Food Freedom. You’re making thoughtful decisions about foods that could potentially – to quote Melissa – “mess you up.”
Yet, we all know that life happens and maybe you have a vacation or a business trip coming up. Travel could be the perfect excuse to veer off course and just enjoy ALL of the foods.
But it doesn’t have to be!
I am almost five years into my Whole30 journey, and I know what I need to do to both enjoy my time away from home AND feel great. It requires a little bit of advance prep work but it’s worth it!
Below are my best tips for traveling while living your Food Freedom:
- Plan in advance. Order some Cooked meals in advance to be shipped to your destination. If you have a microwave or oven where you’ll be staying, that’s even better! If you don’t, stick to salads or dishes that can be eaten cold. Having these on hand will guarantee you have some Whole30 meals to keep you grounded during your time away.
- Stock up on basics. You can also place an advance order with Thrive Market to ensure you have some Whole30 staples at your destination. Think compliant BBQ sauce, ketchup, ghee, seasonings, coffee creamer, and more. When I travel to Charleston each year with my family, I do this – and it’s a game changer. I arrive at our rental house and it’s already stocked with my favorite basics to keep me on track. If you’re visiting someone, ask them (nicely) to do a little advance food shopping for you. My parents kindly pick up seltzer, Whole30 compliant bacon, vegetables, eggs, and some ground beef for me. I use this grocery haul to meal prep some simple food for breakfasts or take with me when we are exploring the city.
- Pack emergency foods. Load up your carry-on bag with Whole30 compliant meat sticks, nuts, individual packs of olives, whole fruit, collagen peptides – whatever you need to keep your hunger at bay when you are on the go. If you let yourself get too hungry, cookies on the airplane may sound like a great idea even when you know they’re usually not worth it.
- Eat Whole30-ish. If you’re eating out, aim to stay as close to Whole30 as possible. On a recent trip, I got a burger salad and asked them to hold the cheese. I did enjoy the homemade pickles and special sauce, both of which I am sure included sugar. I didn’t stress and enjoyed. If you go out to dinner, do the best you can to make choices that work for YOU! For one meal out, I ordered grilled salmon, grilled asparagus and French Fries! They were worth it to me! (I did bring my own compliant ketchup and Mustard BBQ sauce because I know that too much sugar makes my body unhappy. No shame in that!)
- Choose your celebrations wisely! In Charleston, we usually celebrate my mom’s birthday with cake and ice cream. Having store-bought cake and ice cream doesn’t always seem particularly worth it to me because I know sugar makes me feel sick, cranky, and tired – so I usually pass and enjoy some kombucha while my parents and daughter enjoy. The same with wine – I used to automatically join my parents for their nightly glass of red wine. These days, I consider how I feel and decide if it’s truly worth it before I say yes.
- Stick with your routine. I am an avid exerciser and I know I need my movement to feel focused, strong, and happy. I make sure to move each day and have some time for myself. When I travel, I seek out local yoga or barre studios so I can get my workouts in and check out new workouts, which I love. I also map out running routes, which is a great way to see the city. And I bring my laptop so I can do online workouts in between all of the fun we have.
- Get some sleep. For me, the biggest perk of being away from the daily grind is getting more sleep. In Charleston, I go to bed early – there are no school lunches to pack or things to do after my daughter goes to bed. It’s nice to take a little break from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and I make sure to make sleep a priority.
And what do I do at the airport while waiting for a flight home? Meal plan, of course! It’s onward to a new week at home, filled with a renewed spirit and another notch in my Food Freedom belt.
Judith Forman is a Whole30 Certified Coach. For more Whole30 inspiration, connect with her on Instagram @jujuswhole30 or check out her blog at www.everydaywhole.com