On the Move

Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, travel is inherently unsettling. Suddenly you're without your familiar routines and resources. Not only are you confronted with temptations you would never allow in your house, you're exposed to them precisely when you're most vulnerable. (Just think about those ubiquitous cinnamon buns that perfume every airport.) As if such factors weren't hazardous enough, traveling in and of itself can bring on stress, which in turn may cause cravings for unhealthy foods.

The key to remaining disciplined when on the road is a combination of mental and physical preparation. The following tips should help ensure that you don't leave your progress behind when you travel:

• Think big picture. Don't use your trip as an excuse to go off the program. Remember, if you continually make "detours" from your planned route, you'll never reach your destination.

• Take food with you. When you miss a flight or a meeting runs late, be prepared. Take along some low-carb snack foods like one-ounce portions of cheese in plastic wrap. If you're traveling by car, consider taking a cooler packed with cold cuts and cheese. You can even bring along salad in a plastic bag with dressing on the side. Or stow away a few controlled carb bars and some shake powder to use as meal replacements.

• Eat first. Start out on the right foot by eating a well-planned, satisfying meal before you leave home.

• Go a little nuts. If you're past the Induction phase, you can snack on nuts and seeds. Macadamias, almonds, walnuts, pecans, filberts and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all good choices because they're high in protein and fat. You'll feel more satisfied and in control of your appetite after eating a handful.

• No skipping allowed. Tempted to pass on lunch and make better time? Don't do it. Omitting a meal could make you ravenous, out of control and more likely to grab anything edible that's handy.

• Fly right. If you're on a flight where a meal will be served, call ahead and ask what's on the menu. You may be able to find a seafood salad or other dish that is acceptable.

• Drink up. When you're traveling, consume lots of water. Staying hydrated will help you feel satisfyingly full. Stay away, however, from caffeine and diet sodas full of aspartame-both increase carbohydrate cravings.

• Pack your pills. If you've gotten into the habit of taking nutritional supplements, congratulations! Now make sure you continue this part of your lifestyle when you're on the road. Once one element of your routine gets upset, other good habits tend to slide as well. Even if you make some mistakes with your food choices, staying on the vitanutrient program will help you focus on getting back to eating properly.

• Speed counts. If you do slip off Atkins for a day or more, get back on ASAP The longer you're off, the harder it may be to resume.

• Be ready to compromise without quitting. If you find that your food options on the road or in the air are all really poor, adhere to the program as closely as you can. For example, if you find that you need to increase your consumption of salad and other vegetables beyond your usual allowance, it doesn't mean you might as well eat bread and pasta. It's better to deviate a little than to throw the whole program out the window

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