Many of us will be traveling at some point over the holidays. "Road food" is traditionally quick but generally lower in quality. Eating this way can really set you or your loved one back digestively. In order to feel well upon arrival, be sure to take these ideas with you when you hit the road.
- Consider "different" fast food places. After 12 years of traveling with my son with acid reflux disease, we have learned that we have to stay away from the typical burger joints. We now frequent places like sushi take-outs where he can get a roll of sushi with carrots, avocados and cooked crabmeat. Or we visit Subway restaurants and order a turkey sub with lettuce, avocado and mayo with a side of baked potato chips.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for something out of the ordinary. If you do stop at a place that is not usually reflux friendly, just ask for what would be helpful. For example, my son cannot eat wheat so we sometimes bring in one of his hamburger buns and ask them to put a plain burger on his bun that we hand them in a plastic bag. Most places are now very used to special dietary requests.
- Convenience stores aren’t what they used to be. Most of them are much better. For example, WAWA has a great deli and we usually make a quick stop there and order lunchmeat and cheese to go and add it to different crackers that we bring with us.
- Pack the cooler with the good stuff. There is nothing worse than everyone running in to grab something yummy to eat while the person with reflux is offered rice cakes. Instead, fill a cooler with treats that will make everyone jealous. Consider bringing different flavors of coconut yogurts, gluten free thumbprint cookies filled with peanut and jelly, and Popchips with a homemade gentle-on-the-stomach guacamole.
Happy holidays and safe travels.
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.