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I will be traveling from Cleveland to San Francisco this Friday. It is a 5 hour flight. Any suggestions on what to pack to eat on the plane. I really would like to take something nutritious as I have been trying to lose weight. Also, do you know if I will have a problem at the airport if I bring my own food?

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I usually take apples or other fruit with me.

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I'm flying to London from San Francisco this Wednesday--you don't want to know how many hours that takes. I'm going to fry up some chicken tenders, roast some potatoes, and steam some green beans. I'll put it all in a little mini softsided cooler I have. I do a few things to keep things cold. 1) If you tell them it's for a medical condition, they let you bring blue ice. 2) in the instance I ever had to throw away the blue ice or something went wrong, I always take an empty 1 qt. ziploc, and then I fill it up with ice once I get through security at whatever food court is around. 3) I bring liquid type foods, but I freeze them completely, so they're still solid when I go through security. For instance, I just made some turkey chili last week. I put a small serving in a tupperware container and froze it, so I can put that in my little cooler. What I'll do on my flight from SFO to Philly is eat the chicken (because that won't stay as long as the other things). I'll eat the green beans and potatoes early in the Philly to London flight, and then by the time I'm hungry again, the chili will be defrosted, and I'll eat that. I also bring a ton of snacks--lara bars, nuts, dried fruit, etc. Of course, I'll have to toss the contents of everything before going through customs in the UK, but you won't have to worry about that.

I once had to fly from PA to CA, and there were so many delays (and an emergency landing) that it took me 30 hours from door to door. I'd made quiche for the flight which started to look and smell questionable at about hour 8 or so, so I just starved in the interim--not pretty.

Good luck and safe travels.

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I will be traveling from Cleveland to San Francisco this Friday. It is a 5 hour flight. Any suggestions on what to pack to eat on the plane. I really would like to take something nutritious as I have been trying to lose weight. Also, do you know if I will have a problem at the airport if I bring my own food?

Order some boxed lunches from theses guys at go picnic. no refrigeration need:

http://www.gopicnic.com/AnywhereBreak?sc=2&category=577

Sam in SC

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I've roasted root vegetables with a tiny bit of oil and tossed them (after they're cooked) with balsamic vinegar. You could probably make the sauce a bit fancier, but I like it as is...

A quick (although not that tasty) option is to make sandwiches with rice cakes. The rice cakes get a bit soft/soggy, which isn't as bad as it sounds, but that keeps them from falling apart (unlike regular gluten-free bread, which I find falls apart if I try to cram it into my backpack or purse) Not the best food in the world, but doable.

Thai Kitchen makes bowls of instant soup with rice noodles (indicated on the package that it's gluten-free)

I've also brought just hunks of cheese with crackers or gluten-free bread.

Good luck!

-Char

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on a long flight when i'm leaving from home, i'll usually pack a sandwich on gluten-free bread, a banana and some almonds - all fairly light but filling options.

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I'll take bar form foods, fruit, nuts. Not great, but very compact!

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I will be traveling from Cleveland to San Francisco this Friday. It is a 5 hour flight. Any suggestions on what to pack to eat on the plane. I really would like to take something nutritious as I have been trying to lose weight. Also, do you know if I will have a problem at the airport if I bring my own food?

When I fly from Seattle to Maui, I pack a peanut butter and mango or peach sandwich and take a bag of dried fruit. I only need a few pieces of the dried fruit, but I can take the rest of dried fruit into Hawaiii, but not fresh fruit. I know that doesn't sound very 'low calorie', but that's all I get to eat betwen an early breakfast and dinner ;ater that day. So I like peanut butter because it has staying power, unlike other low fat snacks.

I have no problem with the airport, as long as I don't bring fresh fruit, because Hawaii doesn't allow that on its flights. Nobody cares what I eat on the flight. People eat all the time on those long transoceanic flights. Usually I can't eat the airline food, because I have celiac disease and 6 other food allergies. I take the meal anyway so my husband can pick from 2 different meals enough to satisfy his appetite while avoiding his 9 food alleries. I don't want to risk contamination, because my allergy reactions are ialways excruciating gut pain.

SUE

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