I took a massive 6385 mile road trip this month. We drove from the NYC area through NJ, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, NJ, and NYC. That’s 22 states in about 14 days. I knew I might not always have the best food options available when I was on the road, so I wanted to make sure that I was as prepared as I could be.
Here’s what I took with me
2 cases of bottled water (it’s cheaper to bring your own and keep it in a cooler in the car then buy along the way) 1 case of seltzer water (for when I wanted a fizzy drink) 6 or 7 bottles of coconut water (great for replenishing electrolytes if dehydrated) assorted larabars (for snacks or meal replacements) fruit squeezers (for snacks or meal replacements) individual serving size bags of plain potato chips (gluten free, not SCD, I have a post mentioning that here ) big bunch of homemade gluten free cookies (for snacks and light healthier desserts) strong ginger candies (gluten free, not SCD, but great to keep you alert while driving and to help digestion) real peppermint candies (amazing for digestion after a meal) 6 meat and cheese wraps which we had for lunch the first day, and for lunch and dinner the second day.
We ended up stopping at the Whole Foods in Las Vegas which was our “turn-around” city because we were all out of seltzer and chips to stock up on more. Other than meals, the only other snack that we found ourselves buying was beef jerky along the way. Actually, it was more like Elk Jerky and Bison Jerky, which were both really good. We didn’t buy just any jerky that we saw, only the ones that did not have MSG in them, and weren’t loaded up with tons of crazy chemicals and stuff. Sometimes we found ourselves craving something savory with a real bite to it so a few bites of jerky fit that craving nicely.
In addition to food, I had packed some vitamins and supplements, which I forgot about taking most of the time. But here’s what I brought:
I had boosted by Probiotic consumption for an entire month before the trip, taking Liquid Acidophilus twice a day and eating lots of SCD yogurt. I wanted to make sure my digestion was in tip top shape.
I brought the Nutricology Magnesium Citrate because it’s great for de-stressing. It has a wonderful calming effect on the body, so I would take those before I went to bed if I had a very stressful day or anticipated one the next day.
Carlson Fish Oil is a great general anti-inflammatory and I love taking it because it gives me extra energy and improves my moods. It’s kind of like taking a happy pill.
Since I’m usually borderline anemic, I like to take Enzymatic Therapy – Ultimate Iron because I’ve found that it’s the easiest iron supplement to digest and usually doesn’t cause constipation like many other can. Again, I find that it gives me a little energy boost too.
I try to take one Twinlab Allergy Multi Caps daily. The bottle says to take two a day, but sometimes I find that feels like it’s too much for my system, so I just take one. It’s just a general nutrition kind of thing.
And then my favorite supplement which I consumed DAILY while on this trip was the Renew Life Digestmore Digestive Enzymes . I bought these because I knew that I would be trying foods that I had never eaten before, (Cactus Fries, Buffalo Meatloaf, Prickly Pear Ice Cream, Elk Jerky, Shrimp Étouffée, etc) and I wanted to make sure that I felt great during the trip without any unnecessary digestive issues. I usually took 2 in the morning on an empty stomach, then 2 after each meal, and then sometimes two before going to bed. They made me feel great!
What I like about these enzymes is that they are very easy to take. They are the size of a typical gelatin capsule and not the size of a giant round horse pill which I’ve had problems with before from other enzyme supplements. In addition to the typical digestive enzymes like protease, amylase, lactase, cellulase, etc., they also contain a “sensitive stomach” blend of amino acids and herbs such as L-Glutamine, Ginger, Marshmallow Root, N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, Gamma Oryzanol. The ginger, in addition to aiding digestion, gives them a bit of a nice flavor when you take them.
I’ve been back to eating much healthier since I’ve been back so I haven’t been taking the digestive enzymes as often, mostly just after heavier meals. I just realized that I’m down to my last two capsules in the bottle, so the 90 capsules lasted me about a month. Two weeks of heavy consumption and then two weeks of lighter consumption. I will definitely be buying these again. They may now be my new “go to” digestive enzymes.