Often times, after the initial shock of changing your diet subsides, eating on the Phase One Diet simply becomes a habit, particularly when you are at home, in the comfort of your own daily rhythm. Many people find that they feel much better, have more abundant energy and experience relief from symptoms that might have been plaguing them for years upon switching to the Phase One Diet.
This, however, becomes much more difficult when one is traveling; whether you are traveling for work or for vacation, finding healthy food on the road can be difficult, and often hunger can be consuming to the point that many will reach for the first bit of fast food fare that they can find. Simply being out of your comfort zone presents ample opportunities to slip up on your diet. However, while traveling might be difficult, it need not be such a stumbling block. There are a few things to remember when living outside of the comfort of your own home and daily routine, as it relates to your diet.
Eating a perfect diet 100% of the time is virtually impossible.
Ensuring that every ingredient in every meal you ever consume fits within the framework of your diet is an exercise in futility. By nature of our industrialized food system, every salad you eat will not be organic, every piece of meat will not be grass-fed, and there is sugar in everything. At some point, particularly while traveling, even the most devout dietary devotees will be forced by circumstances to eat something they would not eat otherwise. This is ok; it does not mean you have broken, ruined or otherwise slipped up on your diet. When traveling, do your best to stick to the tenants of the Phase One Diet and do not sweat the minor inconsistencies.
This is where supplements come in handy.
Supplements are there for when your diet is not 100% perfect. Certain supplements, such as psyllium hulls or activated charcoal, are there for when you suspect you have consumed food that might be potentially contaminated with mycotoxins. When you are unable to ensure that you are eating the most nutritious foods, multivitamins are there to ensure you get a solid baseline of nutrients. Certain nutrients, such as beta glucan or vitamin C are there to ensure your immune system stays primed to protect you against pathogens while traveling. Anti-fungal supplements, such as oil of oregano, olive leaf extract or caprylic acid are great travel companions to assist in protecting against pathogenic fungi.
Come prepared; become a food carrier.
It is not always an option, but when possible, pack food in advance for your trips. This can be as simple as packing nuts or simple trail mix as a snack so that you will not reach for the first fast food item when you are hungry, giving you time to find something better suited to the framework of your diet. This is can be an excellent money-saving technique, as well.
Enlist the power of the internet.
Because attitudes on diet have changed in recent years, it is much easier to find
restaurants and health food stores that cater to healthier eating, wherever you are. Fortunately, by the power of the internet, you often have the ability to find all of those places, right in the palm of your hand, even in an unfamiliar place. Just doing a local search on any number of food-centric apps on your smartphone will likely reveal a plethora of healthy options close by wherever you are in the world.