Sticking to your keto diet is challenging on its own. But when you are traveling, the pressure doubles. Unlike at home wherein you can have a full pantry to choose from, you might not have as many options available when you travel. It is very common for people to forget about their diet when they are on vacation, and in particular, indulging in a lot of sugary and processed foods. It is, therefore, important to carry a ketone blood monitor kit when you are traveling to ensure that you maintain your ketosis.
It is possible to maintain your ketosis with proper planning. Follow these strategies in order to keep your keto level in check when you are away from home.
- Pack your own keto snacks with you. If you want to maintain healthy snacking when you are on vacation, it is important to pack your own snacks. There are plenty of keto bars and snacks that you can purchase locally or online. Make sure that you buy them beforehand as these options might not be accessible to you during your travel. If you cannot buy keto snacks or bars, you can make your own. Some of the keto-friendly snacks include beef jerky, fat bombs, dark chocolate nibs, macadamia nuts, almond nuts, and hard-boiled eggs.
- Research keto-friendly restaurant options. Proper planning and research is vital in order to maintain your ketosis while traveling. If you must, try to call up the restaurants ahead of time to ask them about the keto-friendly meal options (if they do have one). This will give you an idea where to eat when you travel. It would be wrong to assume that just because a certain restaurant claims to be ‘keto’ that they would offer keto-friendly meals. You need to make sure beforehand.
- Ask your hotel/resort about keto-friendly meals. When you book a hotel or resort for your vacation, make sure to ask the hotel upon booking that you prefer to have keto-friendly meals. Most hotels or resorts would be more than happy to accommodate specific requests from guests.
- Shop when you are on vacation. If you are staying in a fully furnished apartment, you can also try to take advantage of that when you travel. Buy locally and find keto-friendly ingredients such as yogurt, cheese, bacon, egg, chicken, hummus, or more. Make your own meals at the apartment so that you can maintain your ketosis level. It is also an economical tip because making your own meals is actually cheaper. You can look for local health food stores as they have plenty of these ingredients available.
Bring your own ketone blood monitor kit. This kit is equipped with all the tools you need to ensure that your ketosis level is as it should be. The great thing about this kit is that you are able to do this on your own – no need to go to a doctor to check your blood ketone level.
What other tips can you add to maintain ketosis when traveling? Don’t forget to bring your ketone blood monitor kit with you on your vacation, just to be sure!