Eating Low Carb in the Sky

Anyone who doubts that the obesity epidemic is real probably hasn’t done much flying lately. It is all too common to have to surrender a sizable portion of your already cramped space to accommodate the overflow from a seatmate. Before you get off the ground, the stewards must pass out seatbelt extenders to passengers whose belts don’t fit and rearrange the seating to put overweight flyers next to an empty seat if one is available, which is rare these days. Airlines have been sued by humiliated passengers who were not allowed on flights or were forced to pay a double fare. All that extra weight has increased the cost of fuel and made flying more expensive for everyone.

My exhausted husband, who just returned from an international business trip, was eager to tell me that two of the meals on his flights on Delta Airlines featured low-carb sides. Neither was billed as such on the menu, but one dinner featured mashed cauliflower, and another was accompanied by a serving of spaghetti squash. He was delighted to have something he could eat and reported that both dishes were quite good. I find it very encouraging that this airline is making an effort to accommodate those of us who prefer an alternative to potatoes, rice, and pasta. And who would be better served than an airline by helping their passengers control their weight?

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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Judy Barnes Baker
16 years ago

Wow, you get cookies and peanuts? I ususally get pretzels!

Sparky's Girl
16 years ago

That is great news! Now if we can just get them to pass out cheese and almonds for snacks instead of cookies and those honey covered peanuts.