Eating the right food is difficult when you are on a plane with a restricted menu. Airline meal portions also do have a tendency to be quite small and together with the long wait times between meals on long-haul flights. This means you should go prepared!
What can you do to address this?
- Often if you contact the airline in advance you can request a healthy meal.
- It is a good idea to carry a healthy snack with you, (you can buy it in the duty free zone).
- If you don’t have any snacks, you can always ask for fresh fruit in between meals.
A business meal can wreak havoc on your diabetes management, and throw you off track for the entire week if you’re not careful. It is tempting to overindulge on drinks, appetizers, and desserts when you are out of your normal routine.
But it doesn’t have to be like this, try some of these tips:
- If you are not sure about the dishes composition or size, ask the waiter.
- If the serving size is too large, share some with your dining partner.
- Ask for a healthy cooking style, boiled or grilled.
- Ask for sauces, gravy and salad dressings on the side.
- Order foods that are not breaded or fried. The breading adds carbohydrate, fat and calories to the food. If the food comes breaded, peel off the outer coating.
- If the temptation is too high for you when bread is on a table, you should ask the waiter not to serve it.
- Ask for substitutions. Instead of French fries, request a double order of vegetables such as salad, green beans or broccoli.
If you tend to indulge in the breakfast buffet table served at hotel, do seek out healthy options such as fresh fruits, wholemeal bread, whole wheat cereals, plain yoghurt with muesli.
In your room, refrain from opening the minibar when you get there! Instead, you can fill up the hotel’s mini fridge with fruits bought from a nearby supermarket.