Prevention

FOODS YOU CAN EAT WHILE TRAVELING

 Caution is compulsory in tropical countries.  Always be sure of the quality of water and food. These could carry germs and parasites.

By plane

  • Eat lightly
  • Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water

On land

  • Respect 3 meals a day plus snacks
  • Avoid skipping meals or eating late at night
  • Eat smaller meals and take the time to savor the food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit beer, alcohol and wine intake
  • Forget your diet and cholesterol count while on vacation
  • Consume new foods with precaution (spices, oils, exotic fruits)
  • Protect your food from flies
  • Wash your hands before eating
  • Take the time to adapt

When you leave for more than a month you can bring calcium supplements (if you don’t have access to pasteurized milk), fibers (if you have a tendency for constipation) or vitamins (if you don’t have access to fruits)

SECURE FOODS

Treated or sealed bottled water to drink, make ice or rinse your mouth

Tea, coffee, soda, juices, beer, wine, coolers, pasteurized or powdered milk

Imported cheeses, meat, fish, well cooked eggs

Canned fruits or vegetable or those you peel yourself

Cereals, bread, cookies

Nuts, grains, dried fruit, candy

FOODS TO AVOID

Tap water, ice

Raw vegetables, lettuce, salads, fruits and vegetables that you can not peel

Non pasteurized dairy products

Foods in local markets

Reheated foods or leftovers

Exterior buffets with sauces, mayonnaise or dips

Shellfish or uncooked seafood

Certain big fish

 

What you consume may make the difference between a gastronomic paradise in total comfort or an exotic laxative ‘bad trip’… in doubt, hold back!

THE GOLDEN RULE: BOIL, COOK, PEEL, FRY – OR DON’T CONSUME