How to stay on track with your diet while on vacation

Originally posted June 21, 2021.

I originally wrote this right after we got home last year from our summer vacation and I still feel like these are great tips so I’m reposting it!

This year we’re hoping to venture out of the house more than we did last summer! I’ve prepared an itinerary (that’s not set in stone) for our trip and yes I’ve had to do my research on restaurants that are gluten free. It’s easy to eat Keto but gluten free is a whole other beast!

I will say this is one reason that I highly recommend cruising because when you’re doing your online check-in (we do Disney Cruises and my father in law does Holland America) they ask about your food allergies so that they can let your waiter know, your butler, etc. You’re not having to do all of this research before your trip and then still worry about cross contamination. I have heard Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines are EXCELLENT cruises for people with Celiac and need to truly eat gluten free.

Kricket Bug Summer 2021

I know everyone says that diets don’t count when you’re on vacation. However, when you have a food allergy or diabetes you can’t really take time off from those conditions. We were out of town for two weeks and that was my main concern how am I going to do this? Fortunately we were able to rent a house and cook most of our meals. I also asked my sister-in-law if I could plan the menu. This made me feel so much better!

  • Plan Meals ahead of time
    • I was able to create a menu (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) that met my dietary needs. 15 net carbs per day. This was only for me and my sister-in-law. She wanted to do Camp Kelly (that’s what she calls it! LOL) Kricket doesn’t have diabetes and doesn’t need to eat low carb but she does have some form of gluten allergy and does need to follow a gluten free diet or she has an eczema flair up. I always included an extra starch for the boys as a side dish for dinner. They also had plenty of snacks and breakfast foods that weren’t low carb.
  • Rent a house/apartment with a kitchen if you can
    • This will help make sure you stay on track and that you can control the food.
  • When dining out go with the steak or baked/grilled fish, a mixed vegetable and make sure there isn’t a starch on the plate. Out of sight out of mind. It could also have gluten in it so ask exactly how it is plated/served. I’ve also found that if you tell your server that you have a food allergy they take it a little bit more serious than if you just say I don’t like it or want it!
  • Stay away from fried foods or anything stuffed it’s going to be full of gluten, bread crumbs and carbs! 
  • If you’re drinking during the day stick to 0 carb drinks like Rum and Diet Coke, rum and water with crystal light (this is my favorite flavor). I like a carbonated drink so I use Topochico instead of water. You can also use vodka but vodka has 97 calories compared to rum with 63. Also, do your research before drinking vodka. Some vodka is made with wheat such as Absolute. If you can find Tito’s use it … it’s GLUTEN FREE
  • Save your carbs for the wine in the evening!
  • I tried to keep Camp Kelly’s breakfast and lunch as similar to the boy’s food as possible. We were constantly making my Gluten Free Low Carb buns and having breakfast Sandwiches, Hamburgers for lunch with Mac’s BBQ Pork Rinds or just a traditional turkey sandwich.
    • Mac’s BBQ Pork Rinds are the best that I’ve found and they satisfy your cravings for chips. They’re 0 carbs which is AWESOME! They don’t have a smell like other pork rinds and they don’t leave a funny aftertaste in your mouth.
  • Don’t skip a meal! Trust me on this one just eat a little something even if your not hungry. You don’t want to get to the point that you’re binge eating because your blood sugar dropped!
    • Some mornings I wasn’t hungry but I knew I needed to eat so I had the other 1/2 of Kricket’s sandwich. Also, I don’t know what it is about these buns, maybe it’s the almond flour, they’re sooooo filling! I never got that 3pm hunger fest!

FYI, my sister-in-law introduced us to these hamburgers and 1. They’re delicious but 2. You can cook them on the stovetop, grill or even the microwave. They have 1 carb are gluten free and sooooo good!

We also brought a small refrigerator for all of our condiments to prevent cross contamination. I would suggest just getting condiments that have a squeeze top so that nobody’s putting a knife/spreader in a jar that might have gluten on it.

What are your tips/tricks for staying on track with your diet while on vacation? Or do you just say screw it I’ll get back on track when we get home?

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