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Best Option for Meals on Air Canada Long Haul flights

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Well, I'm about to Travel again and this is my experience from my last flight to Canada from Australia on Qantas last year. Qantas serves quite a bit of food. I wasn't sure what meal to book but I booked a Gluten Free meal before leaving as it seemed to be the best option. However a lot of what came was bread substitute in GF options and I didn't eat that. I had a few nuts and some sardines with me but I was hungry most of the time. Plus I had another internal flight from LA to Vancouver to deal with with no food nor time to buy anything from the airport (LAX is a zoo at the best of time and going through customs - can someone tell me why I have to go through customs in the US if I'm simply catching a flight to Canada- which is interminable, then changing terminals and going through security, queueing for the loo and then going to your gate will take the full 3 hour transit time).

So as soon as I got to Canada I changed my return flight meal option for a diabetic meal which was probably better overall. I mean really what I would like is a whole food option with no processed carbs and no grains, just some protein option, some veggies, some root vegetables and ideally some salad and nuts but ok I'm dreaming. Now it's that time of the year when I do this whole moving to Canada for 5 months again in three weeks and this time flying to Montreal first (via Sydney and Vancouver - got my lesson going through LA last year) and then onto Vancouver ten days later. I'm flying Air Canada and wondering if anyone has experience with the special meals on Air Canada, specifically the Gluten Free options and Diabetic meals unless you have a better suggestion. Many thanks

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When I used to shuttle back and forwards between the UK and US (oh unhappy days) I'd select the fruitarian option (this was on Virgin Atlantic) as it was the least-worst option. It was actually quite tasty. You can also take your own food (how about pemmican? or practice a bit of IF (if you eat their high carb options it'll completely bugger you, as you've already found I suspect).

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I would just bring whatever I could, corporations aren't looking out for you.

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on June 26, 2013
at 12:25 AM

I fly alllll the time, several airlines but most often on Emirates, although in the past 2 years I've done British Airways, Virgin, Continental, Etihad, Qatar, Royal Brunei, Royal Jordanian, Iran Air and a couple of others I don't recall. For the major airlines, the food in economy really doesn't vary a lot. The diabetic meal is low sugar but often low-fat, too, and still has carbs The gluten free meal usually has potatoes or rice or gluten free "bread" which is basically inedible. Once I even was given the asian vegetarian meal, as it had rice. All in all, pretty much useless, if you only eat the meat and veg you'll be looking at 200-300cals. A lot of airlines have low fat, vegan etc but they NEVER have low-carb - it's a cost thing, carbs are cheap, meat isnt

There's basically 3 ways to do it

1) pack your own food and forget the airline food. Things aren't going to go off in 12 hours. Eggs probably best avoided for the sake of fellow passengers. But generally a home-made salad with a decent amount of meat is 100x tastier than anything on the plane. I also sometimes buy 2 salads at the airport from Pret a Manger/Eat/Similar, if I don't have time to pack anything.

2) pay for lounge access and shovel as much protein/fat meaty things down your neck as physically possible

3) fast. But it makes it hard to sleep. And airports + hungry = rage

4) fly business/first. Cheaper to make a packed lunch though

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Gluten free diabetic if you can get it.

I'm taking a flight to Europe next week via Air Canada and I'm going to be sure to pack lot of my own snacks and not rely on the airline. My last experience was with the gluten free meal and they gave me a gluten free sandwich on some AWFUL sort of bread-like substance -- not good. I treat it as if something shows up on the plate that I can eat, it's a bonus. Best bet is to expect the worst and then if you get lucky, it's a good day.

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on April 11, 2013
at 08:11 AM

When I used to shuttle back and forwards between the UK and US (oh unhappy days) I'd select the fruitarian option (this was on Virgin Atlantic) as it was the least-worst option. It was actually quite tasty. You can also take your own food of course (how about pemmican?) or practice a bit of IF (if you eat their high carb options it'll completely bugger you, as you've already found out I suspect).

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