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We took a long trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota recently and while traveling with a toddler is hard all on its own, we also had to deal with our various food allergies and the low carb diet my husband and I are on for health reasons.
Here are the things that we did to make it through!
#1. Prepare food in advance
The night before we left, I steamed copious amounts of vegetables (the big Bird’s eye packages from Walmart, we like the California blend and the Normandy blend) and I baked several packages of chicken breasts and chicken thighs. My husband also packed himself the olive oil (Napa Valley Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil) we trust (some can be cut with other more inflammatory oils) and Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. We don’t heat olive oil, but we do heat coconut oil. You can read more about oils and health in my husband’s post (he is a registered and licensed dietitian) on it here: 4 Massively Crucial Diet Tips, Part 1: Ditch the Vegetable Oil.
This was supposed to last us a while, but naturally, we ran out the first night. This prompted a midnight run to Walmart…
#2 Buy all the Walmart food
When possible, we bought groceries from Walmart because they are cheaper and we had brought Walmart gift cards with us. Plus I love using Saving Catcher, which I talked about in my post How I Make and Save My Family Money.
The first night, we bought Valley Fresh Canned Chicken and more of the Bird’s eye packages of vegetables, in addition to Hormel lunch meat and the Original kind of Hormel bacon. We also bought salad and 100% Pure Avocado Oil. I have insane levels of inflammation from both coconut oil and olive oil currently, we believe it is because I didn’t rotate them appropriately and thus, developed a slight intolerance.
#3 Get A Kitchenette
During part of our stay, we had a kitchenette where I cooked soup with the vegetables, chicken thighs we bought, Simply Organic Dill Weed and Organic Turkey Bone Broth. We were also able to microwave the vegetables we bought in a bowl with a microwave safe lid in the places where we also had a microwave and not a stove. We cooked the bacon the same way, using one plate with a rim and one bowl and draping the bacon over the bowl on top of the plate to save the fat so I could use it for my food later on since I am only using avocado oil, chicken fat and bacon fat for my sources of oil/fat. For those of you that cringe at this because you’ve been taught fat is bad, please consider reading a book called The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. It is a great book, and one that my husband (the dietitian) bought for me.
#4 Stay Close To Health Food Stores
Before we chose our hotel room every day, we made sure that we were within fifteen minutes of a health food store like Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, etc.
On the trip up, I snacked on organic baby carrots and Diestel turkey lunch meat from Natural Grocers. My husband snacked on almonds, lunchmeat, leftover vegetables, and So Delicious Greek Style Yogurt.
After we got to Minneapolis, we sprung for Bubbies Sauerkraut since we had to leave our probiotic at home. This sauerkraut helps keep your gut healthy, which all of us need since we are prone to allergies and intolerances. We also got Virgil’s Zero Root Beer because all of us really love it and it is adorable to hear our toddler beg for “rwoot beir”. My husband got Hemp Milk as well just to rotate away from the almonds he had eaten on the way up (he often drinks almond milk).
I would consider this strategy to have been a success, as nobody lost weight (weight loss is not the intended outcome for us) and we weren’t hungry all the time.
This was our first vacation together as a family, so I am really glad we got the opportunity to go. It was definitely a challenge with our food restrictions, but so worth it to see different states and wander around Minneapolis for a few days.
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