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  1. bill
    Here we go again on nitrates and nitrites:

    http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/07/does-banning-hotdogs-and-...

    and from Chris Kresser's site:

    http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-n...

    'scuse me while I go have some more bacon.

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  1. Michelle
    This is funny. My partner has just left for a business trip and I threatened to pack him this kind of 'tool kit'.

    He better not give in to that hotel food ;)

  2. Galina L.
    I encountered no trouble eating on the road so far while LCarbing for more than 5 years. In US it is easy everywhere - even fast food places know what a LC burger is - the one wrapped in salad leaves or served on a plate with everything else except the ban. While staying in resorts, it is always easy to find suitable choices in buffets. Besides that, it is very convenient to eat in a LC way because it means eating couple times a day without a need in a snacking. The only thing I puck with me sometimes is a small container of a heavy cream.
    Only eating in other people houses could be problematic because you are expected to eat that damn cake, but there are ways to go around it.
  3. paleozeta
    nice stuff..( bit too much nitrates and nitrites i believe ).
    i catch the occasion to fast intermittently if the trip is short. if it is for a few days i eat once a day or max twice and i stick with meat/fish and greens. at home i would add various fats, when away
    " i eat my own fat".

    agree with galina on other people 's homes. i went to switzerland to visit some friends and although i had told them i eat low carb, i had to give in since i felt uncomfortable asking them to cook differently for me. they eat pasta , rice, sweets, bread, etc. every day. i did it too so i understand.

  4. When my best friend and I visit each other, we go grocery shopping together and get what we need.

    I haven't had trouble finding LC food at restaurants. It's a problem when there's a luncheon at a place where there's literally nothing I can eat except salad.

  5. @lowcarb_zealot
    A packet of cashew nuts and a bar or two of 85% dark chocolate, very handy in airports where low-carb meals can be hard to put together with what's on offer without breaking the bank!
  6. Galina L.
    There are socially appropriate ways around eating what is suitable for your diet in other people houses, it is just more challenging than eating on a trip. Conveniently (for social grace) for me, I have a neurological disorder to control with ketosis, so my reason to decline cakes is not offensive for most people, but I had to have something what I would rather avoid on several occasions.
  7. Jan
    That looks like a lot of processed food! Nitrates and unhealthy salt.
    Reply: #9
  8. Adam
    On the road I pack mixed nuts and beef jerky and mineral water, I may have to add a kranski or two now. lol
  9. johnnyv
    I hope you don't eat vegetables then Jan because they are usually full of nitrates, you can cure bacon in celery juice for instance.
  10. Lila
    So nitrates are healthy or unhealthy? I thought they were bad for us, but it depeneds on how much we consume? I suppose vegetables have a healthy limit?
  11. Sel
    Try to get in as much coffee with cream as I can, go for meat/chicken /fish at restaurants ( hold the fries/potato/rice) add butter please. Nuts and olives and cheese cubes make great snacks or meals if need be. Eggs with butter and cheese can be ordered from most cafe's for breakfast ( I think they are called 'diners' in the US). LC when travelling stops IBS attacks for me- very stressfull if you are trying to get to a flight on time or you are not somehwere that a bathroom is available or you are bloated and gassy and... Also stops the hunger pangs when travelling.
  12. bill
    Here we go again on nitrates and nitrites:

    http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/07/does-banning-hotdogs-and-...

    and from Chris Kresser's site:

    http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-n...

    'scuse me while I go have some more bacon.

  13. Magnus
    Without checking out the links above, I wouldn't really consider these foods "healthy proteins" either (referring to the text in doc's blog post). Sausages and other processed meats is certainly not my first choice of protein.

    I don't believe the processing of meat is that bad in itself - we usually prepare the meat we eat in some way anyway - but I could certainly live without the long list of additives these foods virtually always contain. They're not all bad, but very few are actually good for you. They're used for other than health reasons, like to prolong shelf life, make the product look better, to be able to pump more water into the food and gain more profit, and/or to disguise the loss of taste from the processing. Those are enough reasons for me to cut down the consumption of processed food to a minimum. I consume them to some extent but less and less all the time. Real, fresh, home cooked meat taste so much better.

  14. FrankG
    I don't tend to buy any processed meats from the supermarket. I avoid any "food" that requires a label -- especially when it has along list of unpronounceable ingredients.

    I DO however buy both bacon and sausages from my locally sourced grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork, farm & butchers. I even get to watch them preparing the bacon (smoking it on site) and hand-making the sausages; with fresh pig intestines as the casings!

    ---

    I agree with the previous comments about LCHF "on the road"... when I travel for my work I have little difficulty finding suitable food (although never as good as home-prepared). The issue is trickier when trying to fit in the way I eat with others -- friends, relatives, social gatherings etc... Even well-meaning friends will get it wrong by making the common assumptions like fruit is fine right?

    I expect this will change over time but meantime I see no reason to not use the "allergy" card -- someone who is vegantarian, coeliac, IBS, gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant, nut-allergy etc... is more often than not accommodated in social situations, without questioning... why should my real physical intolerance (as a Type 2 Diabetic) to sugars and refined starches be any different? The only reason I can see is that the ADA etc... seem to push the agenda for those with diabetes eating like "normal" people.

  15. Lila
    Thanks Bill. What I find so frustrating about nutrition is that what ever you google you will never know the real truth. Some will say nitrates are the worst thing ever and others like the website you suggested say they are perfectly safe. The same goes with Ondrej´s posted website about how high carb are not as bad as we think. *sighs* I just believe in balance and do the best we can to be become better human beings in every way inlcuding the way we eat (maybe just rely on common sense?)
  16. Bettina
    I am allergic to egg, chocolat, nuts, almond and cocos and most easy-retrieved fast food for low carbers.

    So I bring my own home baked low carb bread and my own fat and eat cheese as snacks.

    Meat and salad/vegetables can be found anywhere. Breakfast buffet is great food too. Ordinary dressing will not work out for me (mostly mayo in it). With a small bottle of olive oil (yes despite omega-6 - this is what I carry around while travelling) in my handbag I manage everywhere. A big bottle is in my suitcase.

    Next dance camp I will try MCT oils as fuel :)

  17. I am lucky to have markets nearby that have artisanal sausages like mustard seed salami, and many more. These are my main go-to foods, along with hard cheeses, when I travel, plus my grandkids think they are good, too. The main thing I appreciate is how little it takes to satisfy my hunger.
  18. I need one of these !!!
  19. Emily
    I've been doing LCHF for 2 months now, so I was worried when I had to take two VERY long car trips in one month (4 12-hour days on the road total). I bought a cooler and packed it with some cold-cuts, boiled eggs, and macadamia nuts (not a usual food for me, but a fun treat), and then would stop off at a diner for one meal a day (a big omelet with a side salad instead of hash browns and toast). I feel like it went pretty well, but by the end of the trip I was growing more tired of having to explain to (understandably) confused waitresses all the substitutions I wanted to make to menu items.

    The first long trip I took after going LCHF, I was super strict about eating out (asking waiters about sugar or starch content in sauces, for example) but the stress of constant interrogation took away from my enjoyment of my trip (let alone eating meals). So on the second trip, I just avoided the obvious culprits--all starchy carbs, beer, and sweets--but let myself enjoy spicy ethnic sauces and dishes without too much worry. I felt much better balancing it that way.

  20. Bret
    I'm a big McDonald's patron on the road. Sausage, eggs, cheese, burgers, lettuce, pickles, more cheese, unsweetened tea, and coffee. These are fine by me. I usually chunk the buns (but if I need to keep them so I can eat and drive, oh well) and never get fries or other starch/sugar stuff.
  21. Claire
    I know it sounds strange to a lot of you people, you like I probably live in a seriously toxic food environment but I doubt very much that German or other European smallgoods are truly loaded with additives and junk. Speaking from experience (having a partner whose parents were Eastern European) it appears that only Australians, Americans and the British (that's right English speakers) who load sausage up with toxic additives.

    I virtually live on eastern European "processed meats" that when made in our favorite butcher (in Australia) has no additives except salt and the minimum legal amount of Nitrates. That's right, sausage made of Pork, Salt and Spices and the tiniest bit of nitrate. Oh, and smoke, time and fermentation.

    Wurst is good

  22. Jill
    I’m in Stuttgart Germany and its pastry overload. I’m grabbing nuts before my 4 hour train ride to Lucerne and fasting today. I’m drinking lots of herbal tea. I did eat one very high carb meal thin crust prosciutto pizza and regretted it.

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