The Serotonin Power Diet

When life gets in the way of dieting

The age of in-flight dining is over. Now what do you do?

1) Buy a bowl of creamy clam chowder and an oversized cinnamon bun with extra butter at the airport and wolf it down before the flight.

2.) Wait until you check into the hotel and then order a turkey -bacon club sandwich with creamy coleslaw and chips from room service.

3) Pick up a vegetarian wrap and a fresh orange juice from one of the airport terminal cafes to take on the plane. When you get to the hotel, if you feel that you need more carbohydrate, eat the snack you packed.

The answer is #3. Look for foods in the airport food court or departure terminal that contain some carbohydrate and vegetables.

Options vary with the size of the airport. They may include vegetarian sushi, steamed rice and vegetables, marinated vegetable salad and fresh rolls, spaghetti with tomato sauce and salad, pizza with mushrooms and broccoli (try to scrape off most of the cheese), tomato or vegetable soup, salad and fresh bread, and tomato and mozzarella sandwiches on thick rolls.None of the options is perfect, but any one of them will eliminate your hunger without forfeiting your adherence to the diet plan.

Packing extra snacks is important because you may not be able to get all the carbohydrate you need from an airport meal, and you will be full but not satisfied. Crunchy granola bars are good choices because they are packable, have an extremely long shelf life and are satisfying. If you forgot them, you usually can buy them at the newspaper concession in the airport (however they will cost twice as much as in your local supermarket).