7 Foods to Avoid During A Road Trip
A road trip is perhaps everyone’s escape from the usual problem of life. Getting on wheels not only satiates the traveler inside you but also rejuvenated the bored human inside you. Whenever we imagine an ideal road trip, a picture of active, vibrant, adventurous self-portrait emerges. No matter how different our plans appear, the zeal and enthusiasm remain the same.
Imagine a bored, sluggish, bloated, and somewhat nauseous image of yourself hitting the nearest gas station or stoppage. Clearly, nobody would like to live up to this image. But, the situation is real and happens to each of us who pack their car roof racks without giving prior thoughts to their eating regimen while on tracks.
Our food intake, while traveling, decides both the course and mood of our road trip forward. It’s rather difficult or almost impossible to take a properly balanced diet while traveling. However, it’s not only the junk or fat that we eat on roads that affects our body and spirit. In reality, even the best of food habits and nutritious edibles leave a nasty after-effect as soon as you leave the gas station or snacks bar behind. In addition to the fast food and packed junk munchies, several food items never go well with your road trip’s affairs.
Forgiving you a prior list of seven such items which may appear healthy intakes in usual days but are the biggest hurdle between you and your travel expeditions’ real fun. Without further ado, take a brief run-through of all these items and stay as far as from them while you’re on wheels:
For every destination traveled, there is a different meat variant available to soothe your pallet. Unfortunately, cooked meat and its other sub-dishes are the biggest chunks of proteins and lipids, making it hard for your stomach to digest properly. They also increase the acidity inside your bladder and are capable of making your journey awful. No matter how tempted you’re, stay away from all variants of cooked meat such as mutton, red meat, sausages and stuffings, beef jerky, pork, cod livers, fishes, etc. while traveling.
In case you desperately need to taste the exquisite meat delicacy, make sure you have eaten lightly. Try taking small bites and chew properly. There are some dishes of chicken and steaks which are lightly cooked and have lower ph level and gastric effect, you can try them, but Oily fish is strictly discouraged.
Your selection of beverages decides the break time as well as the well-being of your stomach. Drinking water is necessarily the best thing you could do while traveling to soothe your gut. Soda drinks, colas, and other aerated drinks having high sugar rates and calories are never the right choice. The drinks are highly carbonated. Hence, you may get a momentary energy boost. But, the energy steps down equally fast, leaving a monstrous amount of sugar and gas inside the stomach walls.
Fried and Salted Items
Oily and salted savories are the biggest bloating agent. The problem doubles when you are stuck between your seatbelts munching over a pack of fries or anything salty. Chips, fries, and other snacks retain the water inside you and the surplus amount of water you took for balancing the electrolytes. It increases the water requirement abnormally and bloats your stomach at the same time.
Citric Fruits and Veggies
Citrics such as lemon, tomatoes, oranges, etc., is the biggest agent of ranitidine inside you. Limes and sour items increase the acidity effect inside the bladder walls and also double the urge to pee while traveling. This may sound a minor difficulty, but it becomes quite challenging to find proper restrooms while going to some distant land away from the next stoppage.
The consumption of milk and milk products such as ice-creams, yoghurt, cottage cheese must be checked before traveling. The creamy products and fat churn present inside these materials are the major factors behind the upset stomach and diarrhea. A milk product alone could ruin all the prospect of on-road fun, so try leaving those products while planning your meals on the road. If you are into the habit of regular milk-consumption, you can use thinned milk or low-fat substitutes in the market.
Sugary delights are everyone’s favorite gas-station product. From children to adults, everyone purchases them and calms their sweet tooth down. Sadly, the sweeteners and fructose, along with the carbohydrate present in them, are not suitable for your travel plans. The candies and sweet items are made up of small chains of carbohydrates needing a more extended period for digestion. The digestion slows down when you sit and drive for hours, and hence, indigestion and discomfort starts. You may feel a sudden surge of energy after the consumption, but it only lasts until the breaking down of the complex food material starts.
The presence of caffeine in your body may leave you fidgety, restless, and insomniac, marring all the fun and joy of traveling. Make sure your tea and coffee consumption are limited only to keep you awake. A slight increase in the amount of caffeine is capable of pacing your heartbeat while travelling. This would further lead to other breathing issues and high blood pressure thereby making it uncomfortable to handle the wheels. Try limiting the consumption to 1 or 2 cups a day when hitting the roads and avoid further complications.
Among all the names present above, few items can be considered harmful under normal circumstances. When taken in a regulated amount while following a balanced diet, all these food materials would positively help your body. The only difference here is that you are traveling, and an overworked stomach is not a great companion. Try regulating the consumption amount of these items and enjoy traveling across the globe without stressing over the ‘bladder issues.’