Jokes about how bad aeroplane food is are a cliché for a reason; they’re all true. Even though airlines are working towards making their meals out of ingredients that aren’t cardboard and rubber. The meals are still kinda gross and often leave you feeling bloated. So what can you do if you don’t feel like eating a dehydrated piece of what you can only assume was once a fish? Try some of these aeroplane food tricks:
You don’t have to eat their food
The best and most overlooked aeroplane food hack is actually not even eating the aeroplane food. It’s not fresh, the meals are full of sodium and preservatives, and you never feel like you’ve eaten something healthy afterwards. We usually just end up eating it because it’s convenient, a good way to pass the time and because we want to get our money’s worth. We often forget that you can simply bring your own food. Good snacks to bring are protein bars and nuts and a sandwich is a non-messy and easy option to grab before you jump on a plane. When the air hostess comes around with the food trays you can just say ‘no’ (or take it and just eat the cheese and crackers).
Ask about the meal times
One of the reasons we feel so bloated and uncomfortable after an aeroplane meal is because we eat at unusual times. On an overnight flight you might find yourself being woken at 11pm to eat supper then again at 3am to eat breakfast. That’s a time period you would normally not be eating at all, let alone two meals. Ask the flight attendants when you can be expected to eat and plan accordingly. If you know you won’t be hungry by the time they plan on bringing breakfast around rather skip it. Just be sure to put one of those signs up that indicate you don’t want to be woken up.
Feeling dehydrated on a flight is normal, and a big downside of flying. Drinking alcohol is a fun thing to do while flying but it also seriously dehydrates you. Resist the temptation of the drinks carriage and stick to water. If you’re stuck on a flight with a crying baby and therefore actually *need* the alcohol (for medical reasons) then be sure to have a glass of water for every glass of booze you drink.
Pack your own breakfast
The worst form of aeroplane food is the breakfast. Eating eggs that were cooked hours ago is never an enjoyable experience, let alone when you’re grumpy and tired from being woken up way too early. Make your own muesli mix and take it on board with you. Combine some oats, raisins, and other dried fruits in a Ziploc bag then ask the flight attendant for some milk and you’re good to go. You can enjoy your crunchy cereal while everyone around you is eating their powdery eggs.
The cabin pressure messes with your body in a number of ways, including slowing down your digestive system. This is why eating at this height leaves you sluggish. Try fasting for your flight, eating a meal before and after you fly rather when your body is working at its usual pace.Skipping the meals will also mean you don’t get woken up at absurd hours so you will rest better too. Instead of wasting your meal on an over-salted (yet still bland AF) meal treat yourself to some local cuisine as soon as you land.
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