relocating to Portland from L.A. has been such a fun and exciting experience. The road to get here was definitely not easy, we experienced a few “bumps” along the way. Any way, my biggest concern was HOW i was going to deal with the food situation while on the road.
living with food allergies can be very limiting already, so traveling while limited is very challenging. usually, I preemptive strike with preparing foods ahead of time, but this time having EVERYTHING packed in boxes.. it was really tough. basically it was truck stop food all the way. fortunately, i had my keen-wah bars to get me through the rough parts.
i don’t trust anything that is on a display tray with heating lamps, regardless of how bright the neon “fresh” sign is (hell to the no). so i opted to grab fruit when possible, most places had little fruit baskets so i would grab an orange or a banana (something with a thick shell). we stopped at a subway at one point and i just got a vegetable salad with a little olive oil, that did the trick. i avoided chips like the plague because i love salty foods and i know this would be my undoing.
most stops had the essentials, a type of fruit… some plain almonds (or at least lightly salted variation), towards the end one truck stop had a little taco stand which i was very very weary about.. i just got a side of rice and beans so that the portions were small and that did the trick. i survived the road trip without feeling too lethargic or overly hungry. usually, road trips left me feeling totally swollen from the salt and sugar sweaters on my teeth. gross i know. i was very surprised at how many places have jumped on the healthy train, there was never a point were i felt i couldn’t find anything to eat. although, the keen-wah bars were my saving grace because it was the only thing with the proper nutrition… i think i did pretty good with what was available.
here were my must have’s for road trip travels.
1) keen-wah bars- because they awesome and eco-conscious that provide the best on the go nutrition.
2)fresh fruit and veggies- i had gone to trader joe’s and bought a few bags of the snap peas, which btw, i don’t recommend eating the entire bag, it is deceptive because they taste good and they are super light.
3)plain almonds- i love almonds, almond butter, almonds have a good amount of protein and since i don’t trust outside meat products, i think its a good way to get your protein.. plus they are filling.
4)juice- this was a tough one, i love juicing and my juicer was packed if not i would have done what Joe the Juicer did in “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” did and just buy fruit and veggies and make my own juice. I stock piled on BluePrint Juice before i left so i had these but towards the end of the trip i they were gone since i had to share :(. i did find a few other options but make sure it has mostly REAL juice on “concentrate”.
5)water- for some reason traveling always messes up my belly. drinking lots of water this time around really helped, i avoided drinking as much caffeine as i would have liked and decided to drink more water.