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Old 06-23-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hi All - if you think this should come under the June thread - please move it.

I was thinking that many of us may have summer travel plans and it would be helpful to get ideas and suggestions on how to best cope! I went away only for four days and got stuck with few good food choices - and I realized I really need some travel food ideas. I am going out of the country for three weeks and other than being able to stash a few EAS shakes - I am really worried!

I am OK with not losing while I am gone - I just do not want to gain any back. So, please, tell me what has worked for you. I haven't been using the Crystal Light - but I think others have. Things like that would be great for traveling...

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Old 06-23-2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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I will be needing this too in a few weeks when I'm in Russia. I am planning on taking some packs of almonds (I believe others have mentioned the 100cal packs), EAS shakes, South Beack Snack bars, etc. It's tough because none of that is really "meal" stuff! I'm interested to hear what others say!
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Great Thread.

I think this is a topic worthy of it's own thread. Thank you for being selective in your threads starts. I usually take the 100 cal pack of almonds, both the raw and cocoa dusted (if you can find them, but if you can't 14 cocoa dusted almonds = 100 cals), 100 cal packs of beef jerky (which I get from BJ's), power pops, string cheese, PB2, and if not flying, miracle noodles. For the miracle noodles, I packed a bottle of butter spray, Johnny's Garlic Spread, and individual packets of nonrefrigerated parmesan cheese which I picked up from the Costco snack bar. I heated and rinsed them using the hot water faucet. These were great to eat before going out as they filled me up. If you have refrigeration you could also pack the laughing cow light swiss cheese, celery, and EAS shakes. When I am traveling I always eat some kind of snack before going out to dinner so that I can choose from the menu with my head instead of my stomach. Also drink lots and lots of water.

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Susie- I can never find the cocoa almonds. Where have you found them?

Also, Laughing Cow does not have to be refrigerated. It's better cold but it doesn't technically have to be, so that is another good travel option!
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Susie- I can never find the cocoa almonds. Where have you found them?

Also, Laughing Cow does not have to be refrigerated. It's better cold but it doesn't technically have to be, so that is another good travel option!
I have found a container of the cocoa almonds at Sam's Club. Last time I found the 100 calorie packs I counted and there were 14 almonds in the pack.

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Travelling can be a huge issue when you are dealing with the specifics as we are, but with proper preparation, it can be done. Take what you can with you, as checked luggage for the most part, with some small things, like the almonds in your carry on. Make sure all your food products are in clear plastic bags..much safer that way.

Check the current TSA regs if you are going out of the USA. This will make your packing much easier and your getting through security far quicker.

Do some research on your destination points. What kind of foods are you likely to find there? What foods fit into the plan? Will you have a small fridge available in your room? If so, you can purchase some things at the destination location. Check around the area where you are going to be staying for little markets for fresh vegies and allowable fruits. Will you have cooking facilities available to you? This will make many of your options easier.

I will be back with some more ideas later.

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Old 06-23-2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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Thank All - heading to Spain - I will be able to cook and I will have a fridge... I will be staying with friends off and on - it's also not wanting to put people out by needing to make my own food... and I still haven't ventured into eating fruit yet...
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~Macauley~If you are really familiar with the area in Spain to which you are travelling, then just disregard my offer. However, if you are not familiar, just let me know in a PM. Travel is what I do. I would be more than happy to assist you.

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Pork Rinds and turkey pepperoni travel well too! An ounce of pork rinds about 8 pieces is 80 calories and that really fills you up.
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Thanks all -Jo- how do you PM?
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Darn it, I forgot! Macauley, you have to have a certain number of posts in order to send a private message. I am uncertain how many that is. If you are able to send one, it will be up in the upper right hand corner at the top of the page. Just click on private message and you are good to go. If this does
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Found the 100cal packs of almonds at a different Target than the one I normally shop at. For some reason my Super Target either doesn't have them or has them somewhere that I just cannot seem to find! I found both the plain almonds, the cocoa almonds, and the mixed almonds and walnuts, so I bought a few of each to stock up
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Today I saw some Emerald Cocoa Almonds, Dark Chocolate Flavor at Safeway today. They have 170 cal per 1/4 cup per serving. I did not get them because they were $8.99 per container.

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Jo- I found the cocoa almonds by Emerald in the 100cal packs. I believe Susie said there are 14 in the 100cal portion Hope that helps! Our Target had the boxes of 100cal packs on sale for $2.09 this week.
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We are traveling right now and I have managed to stay on track. Not everyone will agree with this, but my main goal is to stay within the food guidelines, but I realize that my calories might go a tiny bit over since I don't have my food scale and all that. (Although you can bring it, I guess!)

I packed the 100 calorie packs of almonds, crystal light packets, 100 calorie beef jerky packets (from Costco) and Babybell Light cheese (50 cal per piece).

When I got to my destination I bought some deli meat and string cheese to keep in the hotel room.

NOTE ... A little tip/cheat for those of you traveling with young kids: most hotels will provide you with a free refrigerator if you tell them it is for milk for the children. I DO use the refrigerator to keep milk for my kids, but I also throw in my own deli meat and cheese.
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Hi all - what jerky do you eat - everything that I have find seems too high in carbs... I am open to making my own. Thanks.
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Hi all - what jerky do you eat - everything that I have find seems too high in carbs... I am open to making my own. Thanks.
I bought the Pacific brand at Costco. It is high in carbs for us, but I try to really limit it to an "emergency" food. Honestly, I have only eaten it twice in the last 7 weeks. I figure it's something good to have on hand when you are out - instead of eating something else that is really off-plan and has unknown calories.
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Hi all - what jerky do you eat - everything that I have find seems too high in carbs... I am open to making my own. Thanks.
I buy 100 calorie packs of Jack Link's beef jerkyat BJ's. The original has 4g carbs and the teriyaki has 5g carbs. They also have 18g of protein, so for me they are an excellent choice when I am traveling.

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This is a general travel tip regarding packing. EVERYTHING goes in plastic bags. If you are travelling outside the USA, you can be assured that somewhere along the line your luggage WILL be checked. Do NOT lock your luggage either, as they will break the locks to check it. Do NOT put anything of great value in your checked luggage. You probably know this already if you travel very much.

I went to the "plastic bag" approach when I was travelling back and forth between Europe and the USA, and between Australia and the USA. Every trip my luggage was checked by TSA. And the thought of people I do not know pawing through checking everything I packed made my skin crawl. Therefore the plastic bags. If you are travelling for an extended period, you can get those bags that you squeeze the air from, works great for jeans/sweaters/tops/undies/shoes and such. Made sure all meds are in original prescription bottles.

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Hi Jo - I have always packed in plastic - I can just imagine my EAS shake ending up all over my clothes.

Hey Susie - I haven't seen a BJ's out here - was thinking I might just make my own...
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Great idea starting this thread. This topic is on my mind too. I want to go away for 7 to 10 days. The food advice is great, thanks all who contributed.

What do we do about shots, presciptions, etc, when going away?

I would love some advice from others who have managed, please. Thank you. - Layna
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My clinic said they can give me meds for two weeks -just the oral ones - no shots...
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Macauley: Thanks for info. Makes sense. I am going to cruise through the site. I believe I saw info about oral substitutes for the B vitamin shots.

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Layna - I think Jo posted something about getting them at Costco -do a search (up top).
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I have my weigh in today and told them I was going on vacation next week. They gave me enough meds for the whole time and also gave me a great packet on traveling and tips on what to pack etc. They also gave me a packet of food options at fast food places and chain restaurants and a sheet on alcohol options with all nutrition info. Very helpful!!! I would ask your clinic for this if you are traveling.
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I called my clinic and asked if they would give me meds for an extra week when I go out of town. They said they can but will charge a $35 admin fee. Doesn't it seem silly to charge that for just a week prescription? Has anyone else have similar experience?

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I called my clinic and asked if they would give me meds for an extra week when I go out of town. They said they can but will charge a $35 admin fee. Doesn't it seem silly to charge that for just a week prescription? Has anyone else have similar experience?
If it is the apetite suppressant, can you ask for a prescription? My clinic will give regular scripts to us to take to pharamacy to fill. At Walmart it only costs $11 for 28 pills. They have to give scripts when the doctor is not on site, as meds can only be dispensed if she is there.
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Just came back from my first big travel outting on Medi and here is what I learned most:

You can eat out every single meal and survive really well. Just ask the waiter if sauces can be omitted, no potatoes or rice or whatever is not medi friendly... Also steak or grilled chicken are good choice on most menus. Ask for no croutons, dressing on the side.

Also remember portion control, an ounce is around 2 dice. A 4 oz piece of meat is the size of a computer mouse or the inside of the palm of your hand.
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