How do you stay with healthy eating habits when you are travelling? I get this question a lot, because I travel quite a bit. It is true that travelling can be unhealthy, mainly because the world is arrayed with convenience foods that are full of sugar and sugary carbs. Airline food in particular is designed to pump you full of sugar because sugar and sugary carbs weighs the least when packaged compared to the calorie punch they deliver, and they also have a long shelf life.
I have a simple solution for this problem of airline meals. The solution is called boiled eggs!
I always carry three boiled eggs with me for short haul flights, and six boiled eggs for long haul flights.
This is a picture of your standard United Airlines economy class meal, by Luke Lai.
Note the poisonous bread roll, the pile of carb noodles, and that seductive sugar-dense slab of desssert. When the drinks trolley comes, people ask for orange juice, thinking it is somehow healthy! These things can simply be tossed aside, and please do not order juice on the plane! Always drink water on the plane, never juices or liquid carbonated sugary drinks. And yes, go ahead and have a glass or two of red wine if it helps you sleep at the right time!
Now add three boiled eggs to the meal, and you have a delicious protein-filled and fatty meal.
What exactly have we done by upgrading our economy class meal with boiled eggs?
The bread croissant is 200 calories of poisonous carbs. The noodles is another 200 calories of poison. The sweet dessert, another 400 calories, and a glass of orange juice has 200 calories including 40gm of sugar! It adds up to over 1000 calories including the allegedly healthy orange juice!
We have replaced that with 3 eggs, with a carb content of zero, and total calories of 210. When you do the math, you quickly see that my modified meal is nearly 800 calories less than the previous meal, yet it is as filling, much more nutritious, more delicious, and vastly better for your waistline and your health. You get through the flight without spiking your insulin, and arrive at the other end as healthy as ever.
Now here is the best part. You don’t have to count calories, starve yourself, or even think about any of this. While you are enjoying your dinner, you are actually having a low-calories meal, and it all happens automatically when you substitute sugary carbs with protein, healthy fats, and vegetable carbs.
Don’t forget that when you follow my diet, you must actually eat even more quantity of food than you normally do!
Yes, you read that right, follow the Ravionhealth diet and you get to eat more food than normal even as your body fat drops dramatically!
As the airline food example above clearly shows, the real pitfalls in everyday eating are the empty carbs we consume. Get rid of these, and you will get rid of your dangerous waistline. In my upcoming post, we will talk about why an expanded waistline is so harmful.