Traveling: The Perfect Time to Fast

I have found over the last year that my absolute favorite time to fast is while traveling, either by car or through those awful airports.

For one — especially when on a long drive — you eliminate any sort of discomfort from whatever food might do to you gastrointsestinaly. For another, it just makes the trip easier, as you don't have to worry about when and where to eat, like, damn, wish we'd have gone there, at that exit back there. And most applicable to driving, it really shortens the trip when you don't have to stop for an hour to sit down at a restaurant to eat — since I almost never do fast food joints, even the healthier choices some now offer.

Here's a photo I snapped the other day at a refueling pit stop.


That's the line at the Subway sandwich shop inside the gas station. I note that's the big thing, now: fast food joints at all the major gas stations. You'll be better off with some nuts, jerky, or even pork rinds.

It's really mind altering, this Paelo way. It seems to far off, now, to be obsessed about food all the time. No sooner would a meal be complete and I was thinking of the next one.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Jeff on December 31, 2008 at 05:31

    Agreed. I had my longest fast on a trip to Napa Valley from upstate NY. Felt great then entire day and avoided any bad foods. Broke my fast after 30+ hours with meat, vegetables and a glass of red wine. This is great advice.

  2. Tim on December 31, 2008 at 08:16

    Yup, I've finally got a handle on this, too. I had to tell myself "can't you go 4-5-6 hours without eating?!"…. it seems that I've been conditioned to eat mindlessly in front of the TV, the computer, in the car, at movies, etc. We all have.

    It is easy enough to go without on a road trip as you point out, perfect time to fast.

  3. Stephan on December 31, 2008 at 09:51


    I think we do have ESP. I fasted on my travel day last monday. I believe it keeps me from getting sick, as I often used to when I traveled.

  4. Richard Nikoley on December 31, 2008 at 10:51

    Did you see my post yesterday with the butter consumption graph? I saw yours this morning with the same graph, only compared with margarine. Cracks me up. I'd be interested if you have any thoughts on those vitamin D posts and associations with type 1, melanoma, all cancer. Pretty amazing stuff, and what a treasure trove that grassrootshealth site is. There's a lot in those presentations I didn't post but that you would no doubt find interesting. You'll probably get a lot more out of it that me, too. Some of it (the biochem stuff) was pretty inaccessible.

  5. Stephan on January 1, 2009 at 11:48

    Yeah I saw that too, I hadn't seen it before I put up my post! Well I'm glad our graphs look the same.

    Vitamin D seems to be effective against autoimmune disease, which might explain the type 1 diabetes association. There's a very strong correlation between celiac and type 1. I don't know a lot about the reason behind the cancer finding, but vit D does inhibit cancer cell proliferation in cell culture, as do vit A and K IIRC. They influence cell proliferation in general.

  6. BEE on January 20, 2009 at 10:15

    I was just questioning how to stay healthy on vacation… Thanks for the great idea- you're right, given the lack of choices not to mention the high price of convenience foods (especially in area's like airports where there isn't much option for anything but what they serve) traveling is the perfect time to fast!

    I have a big trip to Vegas coming this weekend- perfect time to test it out!

  7. Tim on February 19, 2009 at 08:37

    Hey hey, off on a 4 day trip, flying to Minneapolis, MN for a trade show. It is shaping up to be a 24 hour "travel fast" followed up with a resistance training effort at the hotel after check in. Then a delayed re-feed of some prime rib buffet the host company is holding! I couldn't plan the insulin lowering effect and growth hormone boosting day any better. Thanks Richard!

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