Taking a summer trip requires a little more planning when you or a family member is on a special diet. In today’s guest blog post, ketogenic dietitian and keto ambassador Stacey Bessone, RDN, LDN, shares her list of 5 things to do before going on a trip while on the medical ketogenic diet. Thank you for your tips, Stacey!
Sometimes planning for a trip can be overwhelming, even for people not on a special diet. When you or a family member is on a special diet, such as the medical ketogenic diet, the task can be even more daunting. Here are a few tips to help preparations so that you do not need a vacation from your vacation.
Plan for the travel portion (there and the way home).
Try to bring non-perishables and pre-made snacks/meals that can be consumed on the way there AND the way back. Some suggestions would be a sugar-free jello with whipped cream, avocado or a KetoCal® 4:1 LQ. Make 2 travel meals/snacks and save one for the return trip.
Plan for airport security.
Below is a link for items NOT allowed through the check points for carry on. Liquids need to be less than 3.4 fluid ounces with the exception of medically-necessary liquids, such as special formulas or liquid medications. Let the TSA agent know if you have medically-necessary liquids as these will need to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You may also consider bringing a letter from your doctor or dietitian explaining the diet and need to carry special food, liquids, or medications.
Research grocery stores in the area you will be visiting.
This may help with brand names and usual food items that you will want to have menus for. Call your hotel to see if there is grocery delivery and order ahead so that items will be available when you arrive. Also, most hotels can provide small refrigerators which can be used to store cream, butter and other cold items.
Review menus of local restaurants where you will eat.
Many restaurants have online menus. This may make it easy to make a plan for ordering and bringing along items needed to compliment the meal. If you are staying or eating in a relative’s or friend’s home, call the host ahead of time to explain the situation. This way you can make a plan for the host to supply certain foods or the need for you to bring food with you. Always have a fast food meal menu for back up.
By preparing and making a plan, the medical ketogenic diet can fit into a great vacation. This can be a good time to try new foods that may be part of the experience. For example, BBQ in the south or fish/seafood near the ocean. Preparing a menu for these foods and taking some of the steps above can make for an interesting dining experience.
I was paid by Nutricia for my time to write this post, however, my opinions are my own.
KetoCal® is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether KetoCal is right for you.