5 Ways to Follow your PCOS Diet when you’re on the Road

As I write this I can hear my children going bananas in the pool. The sun is shining and we’re on holiday. Hubby and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage. What a ride!

So, I thought it would be a good time to write a post to give you 5 ways to follow your PCOS diet when you’re traveling. I love exploring new foods and cultures and really enjoy finding ways to do this that work within the context of the way that I eat to manage my PCOS.

Now, you need not do an epic international journey to apply these principles. You can use them in your day to day life too.

So let’s look at those 5 ways make your PCOS diet work for you when you’re on the road.

Lean meats and fish are a good option

PCOS diet on the road fish and meatAt the moment, we’re in Tenerife, a little island off the west coast of Africa. One thing that they have in abundance here is fish and seafood of any sort. Now, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of shellfish but the fish is amazing!
So, when we have eaten out, I’ve had fish and vegetables or a salad. I may have a small side of French fries but by the time I’ve finished my amazing fish, I’m not so keen on them.

Lean meats or steaks are also a good option.

Eating this way will help to keep those insulin levels under control and prevent them from spiking.

Pizza and pasta I tend to avoid at all costs. There are way too much carb and too little protein to give it a low Glycemic Load.


Be prepared

When I know that we’re going to be out most of the day on some kind of day trip, I know that at some point I’m going to get hungry. So, I always make sure that I’ve got snacks on hand (having two kids who are ALWAYS hungry also helps me to be prepared).

So, today I took some nuts and fruit for the road. They help to tide me over until our next meal.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

When you’re in a foreign country and don’t understand the language, it can be hard trying to suss out whether dishes have dairy or gluten in them. I generally avoid dairy-rich foods anyway and avoid the main gluten culprits like pizza and pasta. If I inadvertently order something with dairy or gluten in it, I try not to worry about it. Just go with it and enjoy your meal.

Find your closest grocery store

PCOS diet on the road eggsThere’s nothing quite like perusing the grocery store in a foreign country. The options seem endless, the fruit and veg are strange and so enticing. It’s such fun (even my 5-year-old loves it).

The good news is that eggs look the same. Mushrooms look the same. And there is my breakfast. Having a good breakfast sets me up for the day. So whether you’re staying in a hotel or in a self-catering apartment, try to avoid the carb-heavy and nutritionally empty cereals and opt for something higher in protein that will sustain you throughout the morning.

Be flexible (remember, you’re on holiday)

Now, there is nothing like an ice cold ice cream to cool you down after being in the hot sun. And, when I’m on holiday, I do enjoy the occasional treat. I tend to be more relaxed in general. So, an ice cream (or a shared ice cream with my children or hubby) is something that I would recommend or suggest once in a while after a walk on a long beach.

So, those are my 5 tips to enjoying all the food a foreign country has to offer, while keeping in the guidelines of your PCOS diet.

Are there any that I have missed that you enjoy? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Tarryn Poulton

Tarryn Poulton is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and PCOS expert who has been a leader in the online PCOS space for over 8 years. Tarryn has the support of leading clinicians from around the world who support her scientific approach to understanding and talking about PCOS this includes all medical journals and ongoing research. You can read more about Tarryn and the team here.

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