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Travelling on a Restricted Diet and then it all goes wrong

Travelling on a Restricted Diet can be hard. And what if everything goes wrong? What then? Here are some things you can do to ease the stress.Travelling on a Restricted Diet can be hard. And what if everything goes wrong? What then? Here are some things you can do to ease the stress.

Do you follow a certain kind of diet?  Maybe for medical reasons or maybe it’s a lifestyle choice.  Or maybe eating a certain kind of way makes you feel healthier. But what about when you should follow a certain kind of diet because if you don’t then all hell breaks loose, or you simply spend far too much time getting to know the inside of public toilet cubicles than you would like.

And what happens when you travel?

Do you stay true to your chosen path or give into every temptation that you see?

And let’s face it when you’re travelling the temptations are EVERYWHERE.  And if like me, your willpower seems to check out the minute you check in at the airport, then your much anticipated holiday can really turn into a bit of a nightmare.

Travelling on a Restricted Diet can be hard. And what if everything goes wrong? What then?

Falling off the Food Wagon

Let me take you back a few years to my last trip to New York.

So where did I go wrong?  I had all good intentions.  And to be honest, back then I was only on a fibre supplement and trying to eat high fibre foods.  (Now my diet has been completely overhauled and I feel I would be more in control – I need to put it to the test).  But then… what can I say, it all started OK.  We had a kitchenette so we cooked oats every day for breakfast with berries (how I cringe at that now).  We ate at the restaurant across the road a few times.  Our first night was salmon (the best ever) with creamed spinach and sweet potato fries.  All good there.

All Downhill

And then it went downhill – hot dogs with sauerkraut, mustard and sauce in Central Park, massive, indulgent peanut butter cupcakes from Crumbs Cupcakes, divine High Tea at the Russian Tea Rooms, a hamburger with everything at Joe’s Diner and I could go on and on and on.  And what happened? Days were spent in a haze of stomach cramps and unease, nights spent sneaking to the bathroom, and mornings, and afternoons.

I had taken boxes of Buscapan with me.  I had been living on these for years just to manage “things”. These had helped in the past (somewhat) but alas just over halfway through the trip I ran out.  They had been helping a little bit, but if I am honest with myself not too much.  I think they were more of a psychological crutch. So off I went to the Drug Store to buy more.  Only to be told this type of medication is only available with a script in America. Oh.  So I soldiered on.

Don’t get me wrong I had a great time.  But there was always a cloud of uncertainty hanging over me.  The stomach cramps were never far away, and I became very restrictive with what I ate.  If only I had stuck to the plan.  Having said that though this is how I lived for much of my adult life.  Things had started to affect my day to day life, and I was at my wit’s end.

So now that I have completely changed how I eat, my attitude towards food and my lifestyle, I like to think that next time I travel things will be better.



But will they?  The one thing I have learnt the hard way is when you have a restricted diet or one that is different from mainstream society, and unless you are preparing your own food, things can go bad very quickly.  So what’s the answer?  Preparation.

Only you know what your body is going to do when you eat certain things and how strict you need to be.

Listen to your body and stick to what works for you.  Don’t let others make you feel bad for your choices.

For whatever reason you eat the way you do, it’s your choice. And there is nothing worse than your dream holiday being ruined by a delicate stomach.  So stay strong and most importantly, be prepared.



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