Many people veer away from their normal diets when they're traveling. They might eat out a lot and, especially when in unfamiliar places or countries, they may not eat what they normally do.
Food offerings on planes and trains are highly processed. Travelers with digestive disorders, and even those with hardy stomachs, often find themselves bloated, dealing with diarrhea or constipation, and just generally feeling unwell.
I am a hardy traveler myself, but I have a digestive disorder. There are a few ways to combat this to make traveling as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Instead of stopping at convenience-food stores or fast-food joints, consider taking along a cooler. Fill it with healthy options like Greek yogurt, unprocessed cheese, washed raw vegetables/fruit and lots of water.
Dry snacks can include a homemade muesli mix (something I always bring) consisting of almonds, walnuts, raisins and dried cranberries. Low-sugar fiber bars are both delicious and filling. It’s nice to go out to eat, but keeping snacks as healthy as possible will keep the digestive system regular.
The Independent Traveler is a website that offers some high-tech options to stay healthy. The website suggests that “for help finding healthy local eateries, try the VegOut app, which offers listings of nearby vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. GoodFoodNearYou is another useful app that pinpoints the healthiest menu options at restaurants in your area, including fast food chains.”
These apps are a really great idea for people of every age.
I’ve stopped eating meals on planes when my flight is going to be eight hours or less. The highly processed foods that are mass-produced and stuffed into aluminum cartons are almost never healthy. Instead, I bring my muesli mix that is very filling and some fresh fruit, some fiber-rich bars and crackers.
Just eat a good-sized healthy meal before your flight. There should be no need to eat a meal on the flight unless you have a health condition that requires it.