Traveling

Traveling so far with a fructose intolerance/malabsorption is a pain in the ass. It’s hard enough to shop for food at times when you’re at home. But when you end up eating out a lot because of travel for work things don’t go so well. You end up eating a lot of processed foods depending on your situation. If you have a kitchenette in your hotel and can cook your own food which would be very helpful. I’m traveling right now and in my hotel room I have a microwave and a fridge. I also don’t have any silverware, plates or bowls. Which isn’t helpful at all.

I’ve been trying to find food that I could eat but there’s so many processed products out there that have fructose in them. Many processed meats have HFCS along with bread. The yogurt at the continental breakfast even has fructose in it. I’m hoping that by the next time I have to travel for work that I’ll be better prepared for this seeing how by then I’ll have talked to the dietitian.

Last week I felt so horrible from eating the food that I was. And it’s almost a constant thing until you can get that fructose that you ingested out of your system. Being really tired already didn’t help. Before I had to travel I was feeling better most days because I was able to eat different foods that were good for me and that I could digest. I had also lost about 5 lbs over two weeks just from changing my diet. It’s amazing the changes you feel and see once you know what’s going on. Things aren’t going so well right now just because I’m traveling but once I get home it’ll be nice to get back to the foods that I know I can have.

After a lot of trial and error last week I have a better idea of what I can eat this week. I now know that I really need to pay more attention to ketchup bottles and to ask whether the mayonnaise is real or not. Salads would definitely be safest but I would have to make sure that they have chicken on them. I’m not supposed to have ham if it’s been honey cured. Ham will be another thing to figure out since I normally have ham for Christmas dinner. I’m hoping I can find a local butcher or something.

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