Tips For A Sugar-Free Travel (or almost)

A challenge when traveling is locating healthy food. Airports, kiosks (think 7-11), gas stations and roadside restaurants tend to be packed with an overabundance of processed food. Even further, while I have seen an increase in the number of healthy alternatives, the prices for fresh food, salads or fresh juices, tend to be exorbitant. It seems almost impossible to achieve sugar-free travel. I once again confronted the challenge of sticking to healthy food choices on a recent road trip to Stockholm.

I’ve been taking Thorbjorg’s 10 Years Younger, very slowly. Due to still being in limbo with getting settled, sticking to the plan hasn’t been so practical. Holidays and friends have made avoiding wine and coffee rather unavoidable. So for the moment it seems the 3 weeks of detox will commence next week! Let’s face it, I like my wine and I love my coffee. I was lucky enough to Skype with Thorbjörg recently and one thing I felt she embraces is balance. Although during travel, finding balance is not so easy as I have often caved towards sweets and snack items I typically wouldn’t.

Coming back to my road trip! The journey is about 7 hours each way, so I knew stopping for lunch would be necessary. Since most of the major supermarkets have salad bars, I assumed I’d be landing at one of those for a quick fix. Typically, roadside restaurants are big turn-offs, but something about one gave me the impression it offered healthy, green cuisine. Naturally, prices were outrageous, but the salad bar offered a lot of options like raw vegetables and roasted carrots and parsnips.

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Carrots make for an excellent healthy travel snack

Yet, as I bit into my roasted carrot, I was shocked at the amount of sugar I bit through. Carrots and parsnips are naturally sweet in nature. Since I’ve been avoiding sugar a lot lately, I have become rather sensitive to my sugar-cravings and detecting sugar in food. To my surprise, the roasted carrots and parsnips were caramelized in sugar! I realized even more how people are fooled into thinking they’re being healthy. This is how people who think they making healthier choices stay addicted to sugar. This also explains why people still can’t lose their unwanted weight.

In case you weren’t aware, food has a huge affect on our emotions and mental dispositions. Whenever I travel over long-distances, take a variety of transit, or jump time zones, I often feel like I’ve been hit by a car. A way to combat this is to make sure your body is properly hydrated and fueled with healthy food. When preparing for a trip,it’s good to pack nutritious snacks and not sugar injected granola or protein bars. Sugar will kill your body’s ability to cope, recover or survive travel. On this most recent road trip, I had been determined to make as sugar-free as possible, so the sugar saturated roasted vegetables made me feel cheated.

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At salad bars best to stick with fresh ingredients that haven’t been sitting in oil and simple dressings like extra virgin olive oil and balsamic.

What are some sugar free ways to satiate your sweet tooth? Spices like vanilla powder, cinnamon, or cardamom add a warm and sweet penetrating aroma. These are great addition to foods such as oatmeal or grains. Other easy ways are coconut oil and coconut flakes, unsweetened almond milk, cooked onions, and root vegetables. Root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, aren’t so compatible with eating on the go, but peeled carrots are a perfect snack. Beets, are another option for nutrition and sweetness, though, they aren’t the easiest things to pack for the long haul. A little bit of planning and bagging can go a long way. Packing healthy, sugar-free travel snacks can save you money as well as increase your energy!

In her book, Thorbjörg also devotes a chapter on survival tips and trips. She suggests carrying “rescue kit for your blood sugar in your handbag,” which is:

  • Almonds
  • Raisins, Goji Berries and Coconut Flakes
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Carrots
  • Water
  • A water bottle!!

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Staying hydrated while traveling prevents dry skin, eyes, headaches, and back pain!

Last but not least, hunger is sometimes the body’s way of telling you it is in need of hydration. If you drink coffee, be sure to drink a lot of water. Coffee will naturally dehydrate the body – and dehydration can influence fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin.

For more tips and tricks for sugar-free trips, read 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks. You can also help the planet by purchasing the ebook. All e-book purchases through Pine Tribe will automatically allow you to claim a tree to be planted in Madagascar or Ethiopia!

Images from here, here and here.


Tiffany Lee
16 May 2014

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