Diet Maintenance Tips Whilst Travelling

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    May 19, 2013 4:44 PM GMT
    I'll be travelling to the US in June for 3 weeks mostly in the Syracuse area and wondered if anyone had any tips on more or less maintaining my diet, high protein, carb cycling. I know carb-cycling's going to be impossible, but any other ideas besides my usual whey and oats slush? (I'll be staying in a regular hotel chain). Basically getting enough protein and not too much carbs without blowing the bank? Thanks
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    May 19, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    Good question! If I am on holiday I usually abandon any diets but if you want to keep it up, you will need portable snacks which are high in protein, so nuts, low-sugar jerky or biltong, things like that. Also protein powder is pretty portable if you think about it, maybe some tupperware with some powder and a scoop in it. Hopefully the hotel breakfast has ham and eggs available.
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    May 20, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    I can't imagine why anyone would actually want to come to Syracuse...but, be that as it may it's actually not to difficult to maintain a diet if you're careful about your choices. Stick with your basic lean proteins & veggies from the menus and just don't eat the carbs. Or ask for substitutions; most place will let you swap things out i.e. fresh fruit cup for breakfast potatoes. Protein powder you can either bring with you(I'd leave it in its original container since you're going through customs), or buy here. Nuts & dried fruit are readily available(Wegmans has everything) just watch out for the sodium & added sugar. Remember that in a restaurant, especially here in the US where portions tend to be huge, that just because it is on the plate no one is forcing you to put it in your mouth.

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    May 20, 2013 11:00 AM GMT
    Someone mentioned Wegman's. Make a trip to to the grocery store to stock up on food that can supplement your restaurant food, like nuts and canned tuna.

    Breakfast at a hotel is great for protein and fats (eggs and sausage/bacon), especially of they have a breakfast buffet.

    Don't eat every meal at the hotel. Look around the area on Yelp and see if yo can find some interesting alternative choices.

    Good luck!
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    May 20, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. I'm actually coming to Syracuse for what I expect to be a pretty intense workshop/conference at Syracuse University for nearly 2 weeks (so no, the 'holiday' will be en route - a few days in NYC). I'll smuggle some whey into my checked in baggage and sneak the odd can of tuna into the hotel room icon_smile.gif and thanks for the heads -up on Pride. I've heard of whey cookies that one can bake at home and take along but apparently the baking process destroys all the good stuff you want in whey.
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    May 20, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    One more item - portion control if you go out and eat. I traveled to Europe and the portions are normal in Europe in the USA it can be ridiculous.

    A medium plate sometimes feed two people. So when going out, ask how big the servings are. Also drinks, you would be shocked in this manner you will not rack your diet.