Whether you take a cruise, venture out for the day or travel abroad, you’ll need to plan ahead so that you have access to kidney-friendly foods on your vacation. Here are some kidney diet eating tips to keep in mind when you travel:
People enjoy different types of getaways. With each getaway come different food options. Here are tips for various travel experiences when you’re on the kidney diet.
Eating tips for camping and road trips
If you don’t currently own one, consider investing in a cooler. Some models come with handles and wheels, minimizing the difficulty of toting your foods from place to place. A cooler will give you more food and drink options for the road or at a campsite, making fast food less tempting. As long as you keep food on ice, it’ll be fresh for many days.
Here are some key steps to eating kidney-friendly food on the road or while camping:
Eating tips for cruises
Cruises can be fun, but a bit like a floating Las Vegas as far as eating goes. Buffet-style food is often available from morning until night, even 24 hours a day. This creates two problems: 1) temptation is all around, and 2) there is no portion control. In a regular restaurant, if you want a second serving, you have to pay for it. It can be very difficult to resist food that is part of an all-inclusive package.
To combat this situation, consider the following:
Eating tips for amusement park trips
Some amusement parks will stamp your hand, allowing you to exit and re-enter the park. Assuming it doesn’t require a day’s hike to get back to your car, consider bringing a cooler and going to your car for lunch. If this isn’t a viable option, then you’ll need to choose wisely when eating lunch inside the park.
Fast food is everywhere, especially in and around amusement parks. If fast food is your only option, keep a few things in mind:
Eating tips for traveling abroad
One of the treats about foreign travel is the opportunity to sample ethnic dishes. If you are careful and make good food choices, you can enjoy some new cuisines. If you don’t speak the local language, bring a phrase book that has a section devoted to ordering food. Your dietitian can help you make a list of which foods are good and which foods to avoid when you visit a particular country.
Traveling can be a great way to learn, relax and reconnect with those you love. Taking a little time before your trip to plan out your meals will pay off in the end. With smart kidney diet choices, you can feel good and enjoy your vacation.
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