Help! travel for professional reasons. How do I stick to my diet?

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 10:14
Hi everyone.
I have been on the LCHF diet for 6 weeks now.
And it seems to pay off. Finally, I have found a diet I can stick to, especially if I cook myself and avoid going out.

Next month, I will be on the move for professional reason. It means hotel, no cooking , no fridge and take out food. I usually bring my food with me if it's a day or two. But for a week, it's going to be difficult.

What are you guys eating when you have social events? when you are going out?

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 11:48
Eat burgers and cheese, no bun. Salads with grilled chicken. Temptation is the more difficult challenge.

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 12:03
Does your hotel have fridges or microwaves. You can do a lot if that is the case. Most hotels tend to have those.
do you know what kind of restaurants or take outs that will be around you? Any grocery stores?
I usually bring a few things like canned tuna in olive oil - which is one of my go to foods. Avocados that can ripen in room temperature works very well for meals. Nuts are good. I make my own jerky and bring some bags of those.

As for social events - that can be harder. I may eat in advance and then just make some choices of highfat low carb foods that tend to be available. are these suppers you are talking about? At someones home or at restaurants - or are you talking bars?

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 13:04
I think the most important thing is to find a food store where you can buy food that is compatible with your diet, then limit yourself otherwise to 1 meal a day in a restaurant. Find a restaurant that is able to prepare food as you want it. Be bold and only order food that is on your diet, like salad, plain meat, etc. Even if you have to order a burger patty (or two) with no bun in a burger joint, most burger joints have salads.

Many hotels have refrigerators. Some even have microwaves. I bought a mini portable rice cooker to cook meals when I am on the road. There are many such little appliances available. Have the store package up exactly the amount of meat you need as you want it cut. Bring a cutting board and a knife for vegetables.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 04:14
Hi guys,thanks for all your replies.
Well, last week was just a disaster. I was just not able to stick to the diet.
No alternative in the hotel's restaurant, meet w/sweet sauce on it.
I still have to think about a tactict to stick to diet.
I have another trip this week, I hope I just won't gorge myself as I did last week.
Take care

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Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 08:24
Right off the top, I accept the fact that if I am on the road, it's not going to be the best dieting week. Since you can't cook for yourself, you have to give up some of the control you would normally have. As long as it is a temporary thing -- as in, you get right back on the plan as soon as you get home and get your control back -- your overall goals aren't going to suffer.

To mitigate the damage, I try to eat salads or simply prepared soups. Generally, I try to eat things that have vegetables in them without rice, pasta or bread if I can avoid it and have meat or tofu. I try to avoid condiments because I assume that anything I order out is going to have more sugar than I would prefer. If my hotel has a fridge and a microwave, I try to get some things in the room that are closer to what I would eat at home so that not every meal is a dietary disaster.

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Posted: 22 Mar 2013, 14:43
Thanks BlueWaterBottle. You are right, the most difficult thing is to accept to loose control. I just hate loosing control. It is so difficult to get, it goes so easily, and it is difficult to get it back.

I set up a tactic and I think it works: all you need is lunck boxes.
I grab eggs, cheese and sausages from the breakfast buffet (it is usually the same everywhere), then go to my room, store it in the fridge of the minibar.

Daily menu goes like this:
Breakfast: 2 eggs+2slices of cheese
Lunch: I take my lunchboxes full of sausages+grab some salad at the buffet (if any acceptable choice)
Snack: eggs+slices of cheese
Diner: ask for meat and green veggies without sauce.

It is still social because I have my lunchboxes with me, people thinks I am a freak, but i don't care.

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