EATING ON THE GO WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONSAugust 31, 2016 5:49 pm
Eating on the go with a dietary restriction
Hello Filmorites! Iâ€™m Elise, creator of the BARE. lifestyle blog, where I share my sugar-free journey and show you how you can curb your sugar addiction through recipes and tips! Iâ€™m so excited to collaborate with Filmore + Union and bring you the best of my advice on making your healthy choices work for you, whether youâ€™re sitting at Filmoreâ€™s table or your own.
Anyone living with an intolerance or dietary restriction knows how stressful the food front can be outside of your home. I generally find everyone very accommodating, and often wonder why I was so worried in the first place! But it doesnâ€™t harm to plan (and that is the key word, here), so here are my tips to make it through a busy schedule without starving to death, or eating something that isnâ€™t on your plan.
- Write it out: sit down for 10 minutes and write it all down. Where will you be, and when? Where will you be around meal times? I use a weekly planning template from DayDesigner to write down my meals and schedule to make sure I donâ€™t miss anything. Then I make a list of the stuff Iâ€™ll need to get, like tupperware containers or reusable snack bags. I generally also make a list of some snacks that I can travel with easily, and then decide where I will get my meals from. A little flexibility is obviously necessary, but having an idea makes it less stressful.
- Pack for success: If Iâ€™m away, I make sure I am packing snacks (doesnâ€™t matter where I go, snacks always win). If Iâ€™m staying at someoneâ€™s house, I definitely pack snacks. Everyone eats at different frequencies, and hunger pangs mid-afternoon are pretty much a daily occurrence for me, but not always for others. So Iâ€™d rather be safe than sorry and have an almond butter packet in my bag. If Iâ€™m staying in a hotel where food is not so readily available throughout the day either, I pack snacks too (or find a shop!). Having a food intolerance means youâ€™re always food-thinking ahead of everyone else (or maybe thatâ€™s just me?), and thatâ€™s fine! Remember the 5 Ps; Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
- Know your options: if you are staying in a town you donâ€™t know, get to know it beforehand. I always research the restaurant and cafes that will be available to me, and find some safe options. Finding place such as Filmore + Union are a godsend when I am exploring the city. I know they will understand my needs and not disregard my intolerance by drizzling on some balsamic on my salad for good measure. I know sushi, thai and smokehouses are NOT a good idea (all the sugar OMG), but that grill restaurants, italian and ‘healthyâ€™ cafÃ©s are always easy to order from! And once youâ€™ve found your food heaven, donâ€™t be embarrassed to go back the day after! Countless times I have loved a restaurant on holiday (or at home!) and gone back the day after; it takes out the stress of having to find another place!
- Donâ€™t be shy: Just ask. I admit, I still struggle with this one. I normally end up trying to order as much as I can from the actual menu, but restaurants nowadays are very accommodating, especially the health-aware ones. It is not my fault I have a fructose intolerance, and I know the kitchen will have simple foods they can put together for me. So if have to request avocado toast with a poached egg instead of roasted peppers, I do! It is also worth pointing out that you shouldnâ€™t be disappointed if you canâ€™t order from the menu theyâ€™ve given you. If Iâ€™ve ended up somewhere I canâ€™t have anything from the menu, it is normally because I am in good company. And thatâ€™s the most important part ðŸ™‚
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