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lilykitten
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Does anyone else encounter severe constipation while travelling? I do and I was wondering what I could do about it.

I travel with a marching band a lot and sadly, our diet is pretty limited. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rarities... seems like all we ever eat is fried chicken and dry cereal.

Since my diet is out of my control, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I could do about this dumb little problem?


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Gumdrop Girl
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there is a psychological component about constipation. Some people have trouble going #2 in an unfamiliar place.

try packing fiber-rich snacks with you (bran muffins, bran cereal, bran bars or whatever). I dunno what instrument oyu play, but you couls always try to stash some fruit or real fruit snacks (not the cute cartoon ones, those are all sugar, get like a real fruit roll or fruit leather) in your instrument case or backpack.

Also, drink lots of water and eat veggies whenever you do happen to get a chance. Where do you tend to stop off for food on these trips (I, too, am a veteran of marching band)? If you have any choice, ask for places where salad is some sort of option.

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lilykitten
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We tend to stop at fast food places (McDonalds abd Burger King, usually... oh how I loathe fast food...) or we arrange for some kind of meal to be brought into the school where we're staying (we live out of gyms and locker rooms). Almost always it's fried chicken or sandwiches since most people tend to like those. There's usually a side of canned corn or something.

We get fresh strawberries for breakfast but there's always been this legendary "Only 1 Strawberry!!" rule for years. It's cruel, I tell you.

I hate to say it, but I really dislike salad. I had one of those... bad experiences... with salad when I was young and now I can't eat it without thinking about that terribly long night spent before the porcelain throne. I can force myself to eat it, but when there are other options that fill me up better, it's really difficult. :P

I do drink water almost exclusively during the season... and really, almost all year round. Soda is reserved for special occasions, like parties. Otherwise I only drink water, milk, orange juice, and the occasional green tea. It has changed my life... I don't get menstral cramps anymore. Go me. ^_^

What instrument did you play Gumdrop Girl? I'm an alto sax, myself... and a real band nut.


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LilBlueSmurf
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I used to play alto sax

I also found taking a nice hot shower/bath to help. If that's not available, maybe taking a hot water bottle or heating pad w/ you would be better. It may not do much to help you get rid of your 'excess baggage', but it helps w/ the cramps that go along w/ constipation.


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Gumdrop Girl
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I, too, hate salads. Nobody ever understand why, but I can't eat them.

Anyway, If I were you, I'd pack up a lot of fiber-rich snacks (look at the labels for the snacks and see how much fiber is in them) in your backpack or instrument case (those sax cases tend to have plenty of nooks and crannies, don't they? ). The fruit rolls would probably suit you best because they are pretty high in fiber and compact.

For the record, I was a concussionist ... err, um, a percussionist I played mallet instruments and assorted auxiliary bits. I was in band during high school.

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logic_grrl
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Dried fruit might be a good snack option too - it's high in fiber (dried figs are very effective for treating constipation), energy-rich, and compact.
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I have always found dried apricots to be very effective. But watch out, they taste really good and over eating them will cause the opposite of constipation!

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