Diabetes Diet

By handmashed Latest Reply 2015-01-08 19:11:24 -0600
Started 2015-01-06 21:59:37 -0600

Hi Friends, My family and I are heading out on a road trip!! Our trip will cover a 2400 mile drive, and roughly 5 or 6 days of amazing things to see and do!! The coast is beautiful at any time during the year, but it isn't hotter than a tin roof at this time so, we are making that trip!!
One of my greatest concerns is how to stay on track for diet and exercise..
I am super ready to hear all of your suggestions…
I have gained too much ground to loose my footing now!!


11 replies

GabbyPA 2015-01-07 13:59:25 -0600 Report

This is just my personal experience with vacations. I tend to be very busy doing and going that I don't have big issues with trying to fit in exercise. Of course if you are driving a lot, getting up and out as often as time allows will help.

The other thing is to bring safe snacks for yourself. It will be so easy to nibble on the junk. Nuts, baby veggies, single serving crackers with cheese or apples. I don't use sugar free candies because they bother me. But I also take along chewing gum.

Eating out can kind of depend on your day. I tend to go for salads or eggs. No carbs added to either as far as bread or croutons. You can also do steak and other proteins, but be careful if it comes with sauces or glazes. Those can add up fast.

The most important part is to have fun on a vacation. Enjoy the moments with your family. Don't focus to the point of discouragement. If you have an ice cream cone, just count it. If you have a drink, make sure you eat. Keep your meter handy so you can let it tell you what you can choose best.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-07 02:27:20 -0600 Report

The supermarket has those little single serve packages of nuts..i think 5 in a box that are perfect for on the go…glucerna and boost make meal replacement shakes you can bring…I wouldn't bring much else with the entire family in the car their probably wont be a lot of room..but all diners have burgers and salads.They all have things like turkey or baked chicken…all offer some kind of vegetable of the day..they all offer eggs for breakfast..you MIGHT want to bring some 100% whole grain bread with you if you eat it..most diners only offer wheat..not 100% wheat…you will be fine…the exercise thing will be a little harder if you are trapped in a car but maybe you can do some stretching and a little walking when you make your stops.. just remember to bring all your meds and your testing supplies…!!!! have a great trip..

handmashed 2015-01-07 02:48:42 -0600 Report

I just discovered this stuff called Renola. I got some at costco, it is like granola, except that it has no grains. Just fruit, nuts and seeds! So… it is lower in carbs and slightly easier to squeeze in as a snack food too. I will toss some of them in the car for the trip, might really help balance out all of the cheese sticks and hard boilded eggs. I seem to do much better with high protein snacks… carbs blow my bg numbers up!! I had to give up bread … and yep, I still cry. Bread is one of the most comforting and amazing food… ugh. I want to beat this darn T2 so that I can make a nice warm loaf of home ground wheat bread and chow it down!! Your input was super inspiring… thank you!! I will be home, hopefully after I win a car, on The Price is Right!!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-07 08:53:26 -0600 Report

I gave up bread as well…but recently discovered Julian's bakery…DO NOT buy their products at the store because most of the time they are frozen…and it changes the consistency of the bread…Don't get me wrong I have been known to run to whole foods to get a frozen loaf..hell bread is still BREAD!!!!..But when you order it online it comes fresh..I order the plain and the cinnamon raisin…1 gram and 3 grams of net carbs…heads up though..there is a lot of crap online about Julians bakery…they had to reformulate there bread a few years back because it had more carbs than advertised..but the FDA has since tested their new recipes and have green lighted them…and I can eat two slices with no real affect on my glucose levels…the first time I ate it I checked my glucose reading every 15 minutes for two hours..all was good with the world!!!…all of the nutritional info is online..make sure you read it because they have many products..some higher in carbs than others..I am very carb sensitive so if the bread is good for me it should be good for most people..It is made from almond and coconut flour..BUT remember..everyone is different..test yourself to see how YOU react to it…I hope you do as well on it as I do..BTW I am NOT affiliated with Julian's Bakery in any way…just trying to help a friend!!

lilleyheidi 2015-01-07 00:01:31 -0600 Report

My only other suggestions other than what the others have said is don't beat yourself up if you loose a little ground while on vacation, have fun and enjoy yourself. HUGS, Heidi

jayabee52 2015-01-06 23:01:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Deb
How are you going? Will you be in a car? Or will you be travelling via an RV with your family? What we suggest for you to do will have a lot to do regarding how you are travelling.

When my little family were on a road trip we packed a couple of coolers and ate out of them. (none of us had diabetes at the time) But coolers with cut up raw carrots and celery were good for munchies. Almonds might work well also. Hardboiled eggs too. Apple slices, peanut butter, cold cuts may be used for some meals.

For meals in general you might have to eat at a resturaunt, and I would eat meat for protein without the bread. I would also order non-starchy veggies. Berry fruits for dessert. Of course you could also go to a grocery store and stock your cooler with meats, cheeses, and raw veggies.

For exercise, get off the interstate and get out and walk for a while (have the car roll along behind you with the emergency flashers on to protect from other cars). There are also attractions along the way where one could get out and walk.

I pray you enjoy your trip


handmashed 2015-01-07 02:42:20 -0600 Report

We will be riding in the car, a grand total of 40 hours. This very long trip will lead us to HOLLYWOOD!!! We actually got priority tickets to The Price Is Right. I just can't tell you how exciting that is!! None the less, it is a very long drive. I like the idea of packing up a cooler or two… I really need to feel as if I have a reasonable amount of control over the situation. The exercise situation… I am not terribly certain that my husband would agree to… but perhaps we can catch a few short walks while resting or fueling. I can even pack my protein powders… Restaurants are the devil… so high in fat, salt and sugar

GabbyPA 2015-01-07 14:03:51 -0600 Report

My husband and I traveled from Florida to New Mexico camping along the way. We never ate at a restaurant once. We packed our own foods, planned the whole 10 days out in boxes and coolers and only had to restock fresh items. It was amazing and cost effective.

RebDee 2015-01-06 22:59:54 -0600 Report

Debs: If you have one (or more) of those insulated bags that you could put cold protein drinks, fruit, chicken, etc. then by all means, do so. Then you could eat every two to four hours without having to look for a restaurant where the cost is high, the sugar is higher, and you have to wait to get your food. (Of course you will need the restaurant for potty stops.) Be sure to take a car charger for your meter, your phone, and your kindle so that everything is up to snuff. Have a fantastic time, take lots of pictures, add little descriptions to each picture in order to remember, and be sure to get your money in a secure belt around your waist so that no one will know where it is. I have driven with my husband (before his death) to 30 of the USA states and would sure love to see the other states that I missed the first time. I especially want to go to the elephant sanctuaries in Tennessee and California. Have a great time. Tell us about it when you return. Now that I am alone I live vicariously through others.