100 lb. Club - How do you manage to travel and stay on your diet?




misskimothy
09-23-2009, 05:35 PM
I have to travel for three weeks in October. Travel has always meant that I go off plan because I have less control over when and where I eat. I need to break this pattern!
I will be staying with friends for the three weeks. My first set of friends love to cook great, rich, fatty meals. My other set of friends refuse to cook and we go out for every lunch and dinner. This travel is international travel so I can't look up the menus online before I go. How do I manage to control my eating when I have so little control about what and where I eat?


girlonfire
09-23-2009, 05:56 PM
I have been traveling/living in Europe for about 5 weeks now and I have lost about 10 pounds since I got here. I would recommend talking to your friends and explain to them that if they want to make rich, fatty foods, if they would also prepare one healthy vegetable dish. What I've been doing is taking a very VERY small portion of the fatty food and filling the rest of my plate up with the vegetable dishes. It really depends on where you will be staying, if you're going to Europe(like me), eating out at restaurants shouldn't present too much of a problem because most European restaurants serve smaller portions and it's much easier to find nutritious options than at U.S. restaurants. But like I said, it really depends on where you're going. It's very difficult to eat healthy when staying with others without seeming rude :/

If all else fails, just walk a lot! I lost 8 of my 10 lbs in 3 weeks just by walking a lot, despite the croissants my host mother loved to serve us!(with butter and honey :O ). Good luck!

harrismm
09-23-2009, 06:10 PM
Hopefully lots of walking.Not sure where you are going.Is it a walkable city?


nelie
09-23-2009, 07:52 PM
I recently went on a fairly short trip and I had a single goal. To come back weighing less than I went and that is exactly what happened.

1) I controlled my portions
2) I walked a lot
3) Ate light during the day and made dinner my big meal

misskimothy
09-23-2009, 08:43 PM
Thanks nelie for the hints. It is going to be a challenge.
Peachy, you must be loving your experience! Europe! AND losing weight! Woots to you!
Harrismm, I'm off to visit friends in England (south coast) for 9 days and then to more friends in Florence Italy. The land of pasta and gelato. Two big issues for me, the gelato more than the pasta. Pasta I can make here, as I make my own pesto and I make my own pasta too. But gelato! There IS no substitute for this delicious frozen treat. I've been there before and know of some serious walking routes so your idea of walking is on the schedule. I think though that I'll have to walk for miles and miles and MILES to work off the pasta, chianti and gelato. THIS is what is a bit daunting because isn't it hard to work off those extra calories? I always thought that unless you control the diet, you won't be successful. You can exercise without dieting but you won't see the same results than you would if you controlled your food. Sometimes I wonder if I use my exercise as an excuse to overeat (I can HAVE that because I did 20 minutes on the treadmill vs the reality of 200 calories ONLY that I've burned through exercise).
I'll keep everyone updated about what happens. I leave early next week and am back in midOctober. I'll set the goal of maintaining my weight and exercising daily and take it from there.
Thanks!

nelie
09-23-2009, 08:58 PM
Well a couple years ago, I went to China, ate a ton of food. I didn't try to control it in any way. There was always lots of good food. We also just walked and walked. I came back 6 lbs lighter. I had similar experiences traveling to Europe. The only time I seem to not lose weight on vacation is when there isn't a lot of walking involved.

misskimothy
09-23-2009, 09:28 PM
Maybe the basic foods of China aren't as carb based? I wouldn't be so concerned if I was travelling to, say, Japan -- the land of fish and rice noodles and small portions. Or any Asian country except for India/South Asia (land of dal and rice and curry and chapatis and pappadums and samosas...)

But Italy is the land of biscotti, torroni, pasta, gelato, Perugina chocolates, pizza...I think I better pack my walking shoes!!!!

nelie
09-23-2009, 09:37 PM
Oh you should've seen the things we had. Lots of noodles. The portions also weren't small because we were 'guests'. So much food and we were expected to eat. The one thing that amused me were the deep fried and battered ribs. (This was before I gave up meat but I thought things like that only existed in the US) I also had ice cream almost every day there.

Also I've been to Greece, Germany and Switzerland with similar experiences.

misskimothy
09-23-2009, 09:43 PM
Wow! You sound like you've travelled a whole lot, and successfully too! I'll make sure I write down your three rules and take it from there.
Thank you so much.

harrismm
09-23-2009, 10:13 PM
Try to have fun and exercise when you can.Eat half portions....ENJOY< ENJOY< ENJOY.Will you have online access to 3fc to check in??We can keep you in line!!!

toastedsmoke
09-23-2009, 11:34 PM
I completely understand the challenge. Everytime I travel anywhere I gain a bazillion pounds because every trip is a gastro-tour for me. I'm concerned about this too because I'm considering taking a job offer in Africa which involves a living situation where I won't have control over the food and everytime I've travelled in Africa I've gained at least 10lbs and that's usually in like 3 weeks... So I'm really interested in the advice you're getting.

On the bright side at least you're conscious of your plan now and so that will make you more conscious of what you're putting in your mouth.

Suezeeque
09-24-2009, 04:41 AM
I've mostly failed at losing while traveling. As long as I stay fairly active however, I've managed not to gain. I guess the first rule is going to have to be portion rather than calorie control. And you are right, the calories are about 95% of weight loss according to studies. I've never lost anything from exercise, only maintained. I'm too old to do strenuous exercise like running or weights anymore, so I don't know about that. The mention of China reminded me of one time my oldest son and I were on a train to Bejing and he bought a lunch from the woman that came around. I was sitting across from him and when he opened it I still remember the look on his face when it was full of chicken feet. It was hysterical and I still laugh about it now. I was in Poland for six weeks by myself this summer (dental work) so I went mostly to McDonalds but I maintained. If you lose, you deserve huge kudos. I am going to have to face this when I go out to CA to visit my son this spring and I have worried about it, almost to the point where I don't want to go. I also have to go back to Poland. I just can't think about it right now since this food plan is stil really new. they don't eat a lot of salads or veggies there.

caryesings
09-24-2009, 12:36 PM
Very timely for me. I always have lost weight on vacations but think it's because my job so sedentary and my vacations active. However now that I have a serious exercise habit, will I see that post-vacation weight drop that's always been a bonus? 2 week travel vacation coming up in October and I'm a wee bit worried...

misskimothy
09-24-2009, 01:27 PM
It is gonna be a challenge, and I WILL see if I can scam some internet time to log in to keep me in line. I normally GAIN when I'm off my routine. So here's my plan and my goals for the 3 weeks:
1. Walk every day.
2. Eat my treats AFTER I walk and ONLY IF I WALK.
3. Portion control.
4. Enjoy! I'm only there once! Doesn't mean I'll binge. But I'll have some Chianti with dinner and perhaps some bruscetta which I normally wouldn't have...
Airline food bites, though. And since the travel time is so long -- 3 hour train to the airport, then 2 hour wait for the flight, then a 7 hour flight with 2 meals and snacks, then another flight, then a 3 hour train ride to my final destination. How on EARTH to manage this with airport food? And with the restrictions on what you can carry on these days, I fear I'm doomed!

SuchAPrettyFace
09-26-2009, 01:39 PM
Everyone has given you great advice, but I always pack my own snacks for the airport.

fresh fruit like a banana, orange, apple, pear, asian pear, grapes, etc.

unsalted nuts & seeds + dried fruit = I make my own trail mix. You can get boxes of fruit for $1 @ Walgreens.

and for that matter, a pack of peanuts or other nuts packs nice, too!

frozen fruit is not a liquid when you pack it into a quart sized bag. you can wait til it thaws a little, eat it half frozen & pour any juice over ice & drink it.

Luna or Lara bars are good for emergencies. Make sure there's no more than 10gm sugar.

unsweetened spoon sized shredded wheat. I put these in a baggie for a quick snack.

Tofurkey Jurky. This is a little high in sodium, but it wasn't a liquid & packed nicely.


We do have gelato here in the states you know. ;) (there is a shop not 5 blocks from here. I have to forget about it so I don't go more than 3x a year)

It sounds like you have a great plan lined up, HAVE FUN!!! :cheers:

starfishkitty
09-26-2009, 02:23 PM
Or any Asian country except for India/South Asia (land of dal and rice and curry and chapatis and pappadums and samosas...)!

Which is where I'm going in January... for a month. And I love Indian food. :( I'm so worried that I'm going to gain a ton there. On one hand, I know if I do gain I'm not going to hate myself TOO much because when I get back I'll get right back on plan but on the other hand I'd really like to at LEAST maintain to prove to myself that I got this... lol

But.... it's kinda hard to do when you're not even sure what you're eating half the time! :(

*sigh* I think my main game plan, so far, is going to be to just stay away from heavy heavy carb meals, if possible. To try and consume as much fresh fruits and veggies, etc.

We'll see.

SuchAPrettyFace
09-26-2009, 03:22 PM
What they will confiscate:

Any kind of drink, water, soda, tea, etc. You can bring drink mixes & teabags, just no water. You can bring an empty bottle to put water in after the security checkpoint.

Applesauce, yogurt, pudding, cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, Jello, fruit cups are ALL considered a liquid. They will throw them out if you pack them.

I'm reading your flight schedule, and you might want to think about packing your own bento. There are a few websites with ideas, too. I think it's funny that one commenter calls trail mix "fattening" & then says she packs OReos & peanut butter stuffed pretzels? Wtf? lol

http://lunchinabox.net/2008/01/03/avoid-airplane-food-pack-your-own-bento-lunch/#more-339

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/482817

http://www.noshtopia.com/2009/09/plane-snacks-25-ideas-for-healthier-noshing-in-the-air.html

http://www.deliciousbaby.com/journal/2008/sep/02/what-are-your-favorite-airplane-snacks/

http://ohsheglows.com/2009/06/09/healthy-airplane-food-it-is-possible/

http://www.peertrainer.com/LoungeCommunityThread.aspx?ForumID=1&ThreadID=26250


"Airport Sandwiches: A couple of nights before leaving on a long trip (like Europe) have roast beef and mashed potatoes and gravy, make lots, and freeze enough for dinner your first night home (it will be so, so welcome). Then grind the rest of the meat coarsely in the Cuisinart, bind with ketchup, and flavor with salt and garlic powder. The night before you leave, make a couple of thick sandwiches apiece and refrigerate until morning. Then pack them with a small chemical ice pack between each two sandwiches. We have eaten Airport Sandwiches on planes, standing in lines, and waiting at gates. They smell like heaven too, with the garlic---a few times I thought we would be mugged for our sandwiches."

Most of all, HAVE A GOOD TIME!!!! :)

SuchAPrettyFace
09-26-2009, 03:23 PM
What they will confiscate:

Any kind of drink, water, soda, tea, etc. You can bring drink mixes & teabags, just no water. You can bring an empty bottle to put water in after the security checkpoint.

Applesauce, yogurt, pudding, cream cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, Jello, fruit cups are ALL considered a liquid. They will throw them out if you pack them.

I'm reading your flight schedule, and you might want to think about packing your own bento. There are a few websites with ideas, too. I think it's funny that one commenter calls trail mix "fattening" & then says she packs OReos & peanut butter stuffed pretzels? Wtf? lol

http://lunchinabox.net/2008/01/03/avoid-airplane-food-pack-your-own-bento-lunch/#more-339

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/482817

http://www.noshtopia.com/2009/09/plane-snacks-25-ideas-for-healthier-noshing-in-the-air.html

http://www.deliciousbaby.com/journal/2008/sep/02/what-are-your-favorite-airplane-snacks/

http://ohsheglows.com/2009/06/09/healthy-airplane-food-it-is-possible/

http://www.peertrainer.com/LoungeCommunityThread.aspx?ForumID=1&ThreadID=26250


"Airport Sandwiches: A couple of nights before leaving on a long trip (like Europe) have roast beef and mashed potatoes and gravy, make lots, and freeze enough for dinner your first night home (it will be so, so welcome). Then grind the rest of the meat coarsely in the Cuisinart, bind with ketchup, and flavor with salt and garlic powder. The night before you leave, make a couple of thick sandwiches apiece and refrigerate until morning. Then pack them with a small chemical ice pack between each two sandwiches. We have eaten Airport Sandwiches on planes, standing in lines, and waiting at gates. They smell like heaven too, with the garlic---a few times I thought we would be mugged for our sandwiches."

Most of all, HAVE A GOOD TIME!!!! :)