Another thing that might come up during the holidays when you are sticking to a whole foods lifestyle is having to travel. You may be traveling to your parent’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday but find the trip itself to be a little bit complicated with your diet. Here are some tips for getting through the trip while keeping everyone on the whole foods diet.
Eat a Meal Before You Leave
A good way to start your trip is to have a whole foods meal at home before you leave. This will let you have a filling meal that includes all the whole foods you allow your family to eat. If you are leaving early in the morning, then you might want to prepare a breakfast casserole the night before and leave it in the refrigerator to heat up quickly in the morning. Try to wake up earlier, so your family has enough time to get ready and eat a satisfying breakfast before you leave. This avoids extra trips to fast food or convenience stores when you leave for the trip.
Bring Along Some Snacks
No matter what method of travel you choose for the holidays, you should be able to bring along some of your own snacks. You can usually bring snacks in the car, in your carry-on bag if you are on an airplane, or in your personal belongings when you go by bus or train. Some good whole food snacks that travel well include raw nuts and seeds, fresh or dried fruit, chopped raw vegetables, olives, seaweed, and packs of nut butter to dip your veggies in. There are also some nutrition bars that are approved for the whole food diet, such as EPIC bars.
Book a Hotel With a Mini Fridge
One of the best things you can do is find a hotel that offers a mini fridge. If you are driving on your holiday, you can keep an ice chest in the car that keeps your food cold, then put it in the mini fridge when you get to the hotel. This allows you to bring along some containers of cooked food that just need to be placed in the fridge, then heated up. That way, all the meals aside from the actual Thanksgiving meal can be whole food-friendly and enjoyed right in the hotel room.
Learn How to Eat Out Properly
Keep in mind that most restaurants will have something you can eat on the whole foods diet. It is just a matter of choosing correctly and making the right substitutions. In general, any fish, steak, or chicken main course is going to be safe. Be careful with anything that has sauce or ask for the sauce on the side. For your side dishes, it should be steamed veggies and fresh fruit. A side salad is also a really good option, but also get the dressing on the side.