The other day I received a comment from a reader who was on vacation somewhere in southern Europe. “How do I eat LCHF around here?” she asked. “I have found psyllium husks and almond flour in the store. It’s not like I can live off salads and omelets. What do you do when you go traveling,” she asked.
I can’t live off salads and omelets! Let’s just leave it there for a second.
Maybe eating green salad and omelet three times per day for a week would become fairly boring after a few days but my guess is that meat is also available at the destination, and butter too. Probably even olive oil. Those things you can find almost anywhere you go. And that’s really what LCHF is about: Vegetables, meat and healthy fats. All the nut flour bread replacements and the low carb brownie are just deviations, really. Deviations that can be nice and even okay in a balanced lifestyle but still a deviation from LCHF.
Does that sound boring to you? Or too difficult even? For me, it’s quite the opposite. I find it easy. Everywhere I have been in the world, I have been able to live off a diet mainly consisting of veggies, meat and fat. The butter isn’t always from pasture raised grass fed cows but still better than giving it all up and deciding to go for a week on a High Carb High Crap diet of wheat bread, sugar and ice cream.
These last couple of years, I have been wondering why some people seem to have immense success with LCHF while others struggle and never really seem to reach their goal. I’m sure there are as many reasons for this as there are people but one reason, I’m sure is in the different ways we interpret what LCHF is.
Also read: WHAT IS LCHF?
WHERE’S YOUR FOCUS?
It makes a substantial psychological difference if you focus on all the bread and all the sweet that you can no longer eat or if you chose to focus on that delicious full fat brie and those butter fried eggs with bacon that you have for breakfast. Where one is all about feeling deprived and sorry for yourself, the other is about seeing the positive in your choice. Which mindset do you think will bring you closest to your goal?
I always formulate my choices positively. Always have. I choose all the good stuff and more than anything, I choose to feel good. That I don’t eat bread never even make it to the equation.
WHAT I “DO” WHEN I TRAVEL
But back to what I do when I go traveling.
I don’t do things that differently, to be honest. Or maybe I do. I drink more wine – haha! And when I’m in places where it’s very warm, I tend to eat a bit lighter and more paleo oriented, if I need to put a label on. Less heavy cream and more fruit. I don’t really think much about it. It’s just how it turns out.
When I travel in Asia, I also often eat small amounts of rice. It’s easier that way and I’m not diabetic or insulin resistant so it works fine for me. I have traveled in Asia eating only veggies, meat and fat though. It is possible.
If I bring something with me when I travel, I bring coconut oil. Getting enough fat (of good enough quality) is important to me so I make sure there’s always room in my suitcase for that.
TIPS ON TRAVELING
If you want to read more tips about what I do and don’t when I travel, you can read this post from the archives.
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