How a Business Traveler Manages Hashimoto’s Disease On The Road

“Healthy living is a lifestyle.”

Meet Nancy Black, a sales woman who spends a lot of time on the road, and has to follow a very specific diet during travel or risk getting sick. If you feel run down on the road, you may consider Nancy’s regimen for eating to boost your energy.

Nancy has Hashitmoto’s disease, a type of autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. To learn more about Hashimoto’s visit womenshealth.gov. To minimize the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, Nancy follows the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) diet. She told us, “AIP is more than a diet for me, it is a way of life. ”

The purpose of following the AIP Lifestyle is to reduce inflammation in the intestines.  According to AIPLifestyle.com, “The AIP diet is geared toward healing the intestinal mucosa and supporting low inflammation in the body that can temper the fires of an autoimmune flare-up.”

The transition to AIP was not as challenging for Nancy as it could be for someone who does not understand healthy eating. She grew up in a healthy Long Island family. “Growing up, my mom would pack a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on homemade bread with an apple for lunch.” And, she carried the healthy habits learned in her childhood into her adult life. “I haven’t eaten McDonalds in 20 years, I have always been healthy,” she explained.

Nancy was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s five years ago. “It has helped me to really tighten up and improve my diet.”

Nancy has had much success in following the AIP diet. She says, “As a business traveler who tries to stay healthy and has autoimmune, I don’t want to get sick on the road or in a meeting. I really try to stay on my game during travel.”

Dining Modifications

As a Hilton Honors Diamond Member, Nancy knows what to expect for dining options at each of the Hilton brand properties. business travelerHer preference is to stay at a full service Hilton with a restaurant on site. If a full service Hilton is not an option, she will look for a Double Tree or Embassy Suites.

Nancy knows better than most travelers how to navigate a hotel breakfast bar. “It’s all about education, once you start reading and realizing what is in  your food, you can make better choices.”  She typically eats meat such as bacon or sausage with fruit for breakfast or Chobani Greek Yogurt, when it is available. She will eat eggs if they are made fresh to order, but avoids scrambled eggs in the breakfast buffet because it is hard to tell if they are fresh or made from the powder mix. Nancy also avoids juice (unless fresh) and uses only real half and half (not creamer cups). In a pinch, she will order a breakfast sandwich and just eat the meat.

When searching for lunch or dinner, Nancy prefers farm-to-table restaurants. If she is in an area without farm-to-table options, she will seek out locally owned mom and pop, types of restaurants where the food is cooked fresh to order.

Nancy does most of her travel by car. She often stops at larger gas stations to get healthy snacks. Her ‘to-go’ snacks include almonds, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables.

For any travelers suffering with an autoimmune disorder, Nancy suggests trying to stick with a healthy diet to avoid feeling rundown and lethargic.

The discipline of sticking with it is worth it.

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Business Travel Life

Business Travel Life is an online resource supporting the road warrior lifestyle. We give business travelers the tools they need to maintain their wellness and productivity when traveling. The topics we cover include business travel tips, travel workouts, healthy travel hacks, travel products, general travel tips, and industry trends. Our goal is to make business travel a healthier experience – and to make healthy travel practices more accessible to all road warriors.


Kristina Portillo, CPT, MS

Kristina is the founder of Business Travel Life. Her love of fitness and travel unified to create a resource for business travelers and road warriors who want to take a healthier approach to business travel. She has traveled for business on and off for the past eight years. Kristina received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

  1. Thanks for the tips on traveling while on an AIP diet, but eggs and almonds are not allowed on this diet. Also ordering a breakfast sandwich and just eating the toppings would be a huge no for someone that has gluten intolerance. The toppings would be contaminated and could make a person very ill. Not very well researched.

    1. Hi Barb,
      Thank you for your input. The information in the article came from an interview with a traveler who has Hashimoto, who shared her tips with us. The research I did for the article about the AIP diet informed me that AIP involves an elimination phase (30-60 days) and reintroduction phase to determine which foods your body will react to. Given the amount of time the traveler that is featured in the article has been on the AIP Diet, I believe she has already completed the elimination and reintroduction phase and understands what foods her body can and cannot tolerate. Gluten intolerance can range from mild to severe, so a person with gluten intolerance would need to be aware of their level of sensitivity prior to order food that may have had contact with gluten.

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