Traveling Tips While On the Fast Metabolism Diet
Do you have a long road trip planned? Traveling while on the Fast Metabolism Diet is SO easy to do! As long as we plan ahead, know what to pack, and know what phase specific foods to look for, it’s totally doable! Stick to the FMD rules and follow my 3 Travel Tips to keep your metabolic fire burning.
The Fast Metabolism Diet has a few rules you must maintain while on the road:
• Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, except when you’re sleeping.
• Eat every 3-4 hours. That means if you are up late driving, you might need to add a phase specific snack!
• Eat within 30 minutes of waking.
• You must stick to the foods allowed in your phase. Don’t worry I give you tips that make it easy to do!
• You must drink your weight in ounces of water every day. That means if you weigh 200 pounds, you will need to drink 100 ounces of water every day.
• Exercise according to your phase. When in Phase 1, you can do jumping jacks or marching in place to get your heart rate up. In Phase 2, you can do strength exercises like squats or push ups at rest stops. While in Phase 3, practice deep breathing or do a series of gentle yoga stretches.
TRAVEL TIP #1
PHASE SPECIFIC FOODS YOU CAN ALWAYS TRACK DOWN.
Whenever I travel, I can ALWAYS find access to phase specific food! Remember, you must eat three meals and two snacks every day, in addition to eating every three to four hours to maintain stable blood sugars and keep your metabolism ignited. My clients are all exceptionally busy and often travel, but just like you, they find phase specific foods while in transit. You can find these targeted foods almost anywhere:
• Phase 1 Fruits. While in phase 1, I generally can find a phase specific fruit like apples or oranges or a fruit cup with watermelon, pineapple, and honeydew melon.
• Phase 2 Clean Proteins. While in Phase 2, I focus on clean proteins like nitrate-free and antibiotic-free deli meats or jerky. Remember, it’s important to avoid preservatives and chemicals, which will slow our metabolism and promote weight gain. Hard-boiled eggs (skip the yolks) or water-packed tuna is a pretty easy find too!
• Phase 3 Healthy Fats. In Phase 3, nuts, seeds, and hummus are easily accessible. Nuts and seeds are a great go-to, but remember, we’re looking for RAW nuts and seeds (not roasted). So look for packets of raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pistachios. It’s becoming more common to find hummus at airports now too.
TRAVEL TIP #2
PACK YOUR BAGS “THE FMD WAY”
Like I’ve said, maintaining the Fast Metabolism Diet while on your next road trip is going to be EASY, as long as you plan ahead! I’ve been stuck with a 15-hour delay in Atlanta and one time had to sleep on the floor when I got snowed in at the Denver airport, so I’ve learned that you always need a backup plan! My family and clients have found creative ways to make long travel days work while on the Fast Metabolism Diet:
1. Invest in an Ice Chest. My family has invested in an ice chest that plugs right into our car’s cigarette lighter to take what we need for long car rides. Once we get to a hotel, I plug it into an adapter and voilà – our food options are limitless! Not only am I igniting my metabolism from a weight perspective, but as you may know, I have an autoimmune disorder and a child with celiac disease, so this is a creative way my family makes our food options work. This is a great gift idea too. Just last month I passed it along to my friend who had a 23-hour move to Colorado. She was able to snack on homemade meals the entire way! Whether you have an extended road trip or a day of soccer tournaments, these ice chests are the BEST!
2. Pack Phase Specific Foods.
• Hard Fruits. Apples and oranges pack easily when in Phase 1, or take peaches and plums while in Phase 3.
• Nuts and Seeds. I pack a container of raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pistachios and organic raw cashew or almond butter in Phase 3.
• Clean Proteins. My homemade beef jerky is perfect when I’m traveling in phase 2 and 3! I’ll pack hard boiled eggs, a container of egg-white muffins, and maybe a mason jar filled with my turkey chili. I can feel the metabolic fire burning hot already!
• Gluten-Free Grains. These are generally pretty hard to find while traveling, so I always keep steel-cut oat packages and mini pops in my luggage. All you have to do is add hot water to the steel cut oats for an on-the-go grain!
• Veggies. Chopped bell peppers, celery, jicama, and carrot sticks are great munchies for the plane.
• Fast Metabolism Diet Shakes. I never leave the house for a trip without my Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 FMD shakes. Once I get thru security, I just add 2 scoops of shake and water to my shaker bottle and shake away!
• The Fast Metabolism Cleanse. I make sure to take this along on my trips whenever I am on the Fast Metabolism Diet Cleanse or need a quick meal replacement. .
3. Eating Out on the Fast Metabolism Diet can be easy with these helpful tips.
TRAVEL TIP #3
My clients often forget this one, but maintaining a strong immunity is an important part of your travel plans that will keep your metabolism ignited!
• Almond Oil. I like to rub a little almond oil inside my nostrils prior to flight, which helps to act as a barrier against germs and keeps the nasal cavity moist.
• Supplements. When you travel, you are exposed to things in different regions that your body hasn’t yet created immunity towards. Check out my post on recommended supplements to take while traveling.
• Stay Hydrated. It’s super important to stay hydrated, especially when in flight! Airplane cabins have a humidity of 10-20%, drastically lower than our normal 80% humidity at home, and can cause dryness of the eyes, nose, and throat. (1) While jetlag is sometimes unavoidable, staying hydrated prevents nausea, lethargy, headache, and associated symptoms of jet lag. Even if you aren’t flying, it’s important to constantly drink throughout your travels.
• Eat hydrating foods. Watermelon, cucumber, and pineapple can generally be found at airport kiosks.
Happy travels and remember, you CAN do the FMD and travel. Follow these 3 easy tips and you’ll be good to go!