No matter where you are in the world, you’ve got the main thing you need to do keto while traveling: keto principles. Those won’t change, no matter what else does change, so first and foremost know that you have the most valuable tool in your brain! With that being said, it is more difficult to find keto-friendly foods in some areas, and many restaurants will only have a few options for you. You may feel like you’re being “that” difficult customer, but considering how many people have eating restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, etc), you won’t be the biggest pain in their butts that day… I promise!
Easy! 5 Steps To Eat Keto While Traveling
Rent a Kitchen.
Well, you don’t need to specifically rent a kitchen, but if you stay at an extended-stay hotel or rent an
Research Keto Spots Ahead of Time
Assuming you know where you’re traveling, and you have a computer or SmartPhone, look up restaurants in the area you’ll be staying in. Look on Yelp to view menus and pick out keto-friendly options. Make a plan for each meal, but don’t think of it as being set in stone – just in case something changes, a restaurant is closed, or your friends/family/colleagues want to go to another restaurant.
Stick With Keto While Traveling
You may be tempted to “take a break” or fall off the wagon a bit because, well, it’s vacation… right? But remember why you’re doing keto in the first place – and remember how keto makes you feel! Remember the brain fog from before? It’s gone! Do you want it to come back? Chances are, you have more energy and have lost weight – let’s not mess that up!
Remember what I said earlier about having the keto principles in your head? Well, this is a refresher for you. What is keto? High-fat, low-carb, right? Right. I mean, yeah, it’s more complicated than that – but at the very base, you’re looking for foods that are high quality, high in fat, and low in carbs.
Always carry snacks with you! This will ensure you aren’t hungry and crabby (read: hangry and ready to grab anything, keto or not). Snacks can also hold you over until you can find a restaurant with better keto options in case your first stop is a bust.
What to pack for keto on vacation:
- Single serve protein powders (make your own with ziploc baggies to save money)
- MCT oil (in a travel container, or in capsules)
- Nut/seed butter packets
- Stevia (or your keto-friendly sweetener of choice)
- Nuts: Brazil nuts, almonds, mixed nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios
- Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hulled hemp seeds, flaxseed
- Keto muffins, protein bars, trail mixes, etc
- Beef jerky
Keto swaps at restaurants:
- Swap pasta for veggies
- Add avocado and/or bacon to your salads instead of fruit
- Swap buns for lettuce wraps
- Ask for dry meat if the sauces have sugar in them
- Request unsweetened coconut or almond milk at coffee shops
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Don’t be afraid to ask for a list of ingredients when you’re eating out. Like I said earlier, they’re most likely used
If you eat something that doesn’t happen to be keto-friendly, get back on track with your next meal. Don’t let it mess your whole day (or vacation!) up, just get back to it ASAP.
When You Get Home
When you get home, celebrate! You stuck with your keto lifestyle while traveling. Honestly, not everyone can say they’ve done that (or would be willing to make the plans to do that), so it’s worth celebrating – with some bulletproof coffee. 😉