I travel a lot, so I know first hand how tough it can be to stick to The Myers Way® while away from home. I have been following TMW for 7 years now and can say that it is getting easier and easier to travel as healthier options are becoming more widely available. Preparation is the key to making this way of life work for you–in fact, I always have a suitcase packed and ready to go for last-minute travel, and I make sure to never forget my essential supplements to maintain my health. Here are my top five tips for traveling on The Myers Way®.
1. Do your research.
I always look up the menus at the hotel where I’ll be staying and make sure I have options. That way, if I have questions, I can call ahead and talk to the staff and come up with some options for myself while I’m there. Apps like Find Me Gluten-Free have been really helpful for me in big cities like NYC. I also use Google–just google “gluten-free + [city name]” to find nearby restaurants. When you do dine out, use these great tips on healthy restaurant dining.
2. Bring your own food.
This one is a must, and has been an absolute lifesaver for me. Plenty of healthy foods don’t require refrigeration and are completely portable. Some of my favorites are unsweetened organic applesauce, Epic bison bars, kale chips, roasted seaweed snacks, and organic dark chocolate.
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3. Bring ice packs and insulated containers.
Ice packs are super useful–I put them in the hotel fridge or freezer, and then I pack them into an insulated bag with veggies, fruits, or last night’s leftovers to enjoy later! Another great option is to carry bone broth or soup in an insulated thermos.
4. Ask for a small hotel fridge or buy a cooler.
On The Myers Way®, most of the foods you rely on are fresh vegetables, meats, and fruits. It definitely helps to have some sort of refrigeration where you’re staying so you don’t have to depend on restaurants. Call ahead and make sure your hotel room comes with a small fridge that you can use for storage. If not, ask if you can have one—most hotels will accommodate you if you explain that you need a fridge for medical reasons. If they can’t provide one, buy a cooler from a grocery or hardware store and use ice packs to keep your food cool.
5. Pack your supplements.
When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to do is worry about forgetting your essential supplements. Make sure to pack all of the supplements you take on a daily basis, plus some additional “safety” supplements. I highly recommend taking a digestive enzyme anytime you eat out. Restaurant food is often richer than the food you would eat at home, and digestive enzymes help you break down and more fully digest your meal. Plus, enzymes that contain dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP-IV) minimize the symptoms of being “glutened” because they help your body break down the gluten faster.
Protein powder is a great supplement to pack for meal-replacements or snacks, and an especially good option for kids—they are great tasting and are perfect in a pinch. When I’m traveling I usually pour a couple servings of my Paleo Protein Powder in individual containers. It makes it SO convenient—all I do is mix one in a shake bottle with some coconut milk, and it’s ready to go!
Traveling can be tough when you’re following a dietary protocol such as The Myers Way®. It’s even more challenging when travel plans happen last minute—it’s not even a plan at that point! However, you can make it easy on yourself and your family when you prepare for success by following these travel tips and staying on top of your supplement regime with the essential supplements for optimal health.
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Now tell me below: what are your favorite tips to stay on track while traveling?