Airplanes and Other Desperate Situations
Does anyone else dread flying? Or is it just me?
It seems like it used to be more enjoyable. Let’s start with the security protocol. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the fact that my safety is foremost on the minds of the people who developed these systems, but I wish they didn’t have to be so time consuming. I’ve been reading, recently, about security lines at some airports that are hours long, and causing passengers to miss their flights.
And then let’s talk about the seats. They’ve gotten smaller, even as the average American has gotten bigger. Economy-class airline seats have shrunk in recent years on average from a width of 18 inches to 16.5 inches. The average pitch—the space between a point on one seat and the same on the seat in front of it—has gone from 35 inches to about 31 inches. Many airlines are charging passengers for “extra” legroom even though it used to be standard.
Did I mention, while this leg room, elbow room, and rear-end room are getting smaller, the customers themselves are getting bigger?
But I’m not going to complain about increasing rates of obesity (not in this post, anyway). I’m just saying, I’m uncomfortable. And guess what? I’m hungry, too. And speaking only for myself, pretzels aren’t going to cut it. First of all, pretzels are essentially just sugar and salt, so if anything they’re going to make me more hungry, and dehydrated, too. Sometimes they give us peanuts, and that’s much better, but they must cost the airlines more than pretzels because it seems like pretzels are more prevalent.
So over the years I’ve tried to come up with portable foods I can bring with me on a flight. Something that won’t offend the people sitting in the adjacent seats—meaning I don’t bring a smelly cup of chili con carne.
This is one of the reasons why nush foods came to be. It was a response to the fact that I was often eating on the go, and I was not always being served delicious, healthy food by those I rely on to serve me that food.
I can report, too, that an altitude of 30,000 feet does absolutely nothing to take away from the wonderful flavor or texture of nush cakes. Just be prepared when the person next to you wants to know where you got them.
Here are some more good tips about traveling without consuming excess sugar and carbs from ditchthecarbs.com.