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Traveling and Health, Part I

My daughter recently made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles.  Being the good and supportive mom I am, I was not going to let her travel alone across the country.  That said, we left Connecticut on Saturday, making our way to the west coast. 

Since I am diabetic (not insulin-dependent), I had to give thought as to how I was going to keep my blood sugars steady while on the road.  After all, the last thing I want is an episode of either high or blood sugar.  Here is what you can do to stay safe, especially while driving:

  • Bring a cooler for healthy snacks such as yogurt (plain), small cups of natural apple sauce, or pineapple cups with no sugar added, and nuts.

  • Remember to pack your medication, and take it as prescribed.

  • Eat small, frequent meals as you normally do, and avoid the vending machines at rest stops and in hotel lobbies. 

  • Take advantage of the free breakfasts that most hotel chains offer.  Skip the muffins and pastries!  Opt for combining a carb with protein, such a slice of whole wheat toast and an egg, if available.  Take a piece of fruit from the buffet with you for your mid-morning snack.

  • Be sure to stay hydrated!  It may mean an extra rest stop visit along the way, but it is worth it!

  • Test your blood sugar BEFORE you start driving for the day, and periodically as recommended by your health care professional. 

  • Avoid eating meals at fast food chains.  People often want to "make good time" to their destination, and want a quick meal.  It is better to take a little extra time and search for something a cut above a fast food chain.  Choose your meals carefully, avoiding foods high in carbohydrates such as bread and desserts, that can cause your blood sugar to spike.

  • Take breaks every few hours, even if it is just to get out and stretch your legs.

  • If available, take advantage of a pool or gym that most hotels have.  A light workout can feel so good after a long day of traveling.  Alternatively, set the alarm a little earlier, and get a little physical activity in before you get on the road again.

Travelling when you have diabetes requires some planning, but it IS doable!  The suggestions above have been working for me for the past four days on the road.  I hope they will help you too!  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at  Even though I am on the road, I will be happy to answer you! 

I will be posting more helpful information as I make my way to the west coast.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, here is one of many pictures I took today in Colorado.  Safe travels!

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