Feel good food
I have long maintained the merits of good comfort food inflight as a way of bringing familiarity and reassurance to the alien environment of a flying tube. However, since my life took something of a turn last year, my views on what we eat have evolved somewhat.
Having worked in the hospitality industry all my professional career, my ever-expanding waistline hit a button in the no lie mirror that made me take action, and thanks to the 5:2 (intermittent fasting diet) and the inevitable gym and swimming I shed six stone, 39kgs or 84lbs. I feel both some shame at having been quite so large and pride in getting rid of it, and whilst I enjoy food too much to ever see it as purely for function, I realise now it really is about balance and eating to feel good.
When you’re flying you want to feel good but you’re reliant broadly on the choices already made by others. Deep down, most passengers travel with a little uneasiness and whilst the airline industry had its safest year yet in 2017, the statistics don’t settle that uneasiness quite the way a delicious pie can do! That might make them feel better temporarily, but will it make your passengers feel good in the long run? Probably not.
Much of the food we eat we choose for the short term fix but there is a sea change coming in eating habits like we’ve never seen before and it will undoubtedly permeate onboard. To be commercially successful airlines need to offer a mix of comfort foods and healthier, tasty options that promote wellbeing.
There are some foods simply best avoided onboard altogether, foods that make you feel
sluggish and bloated
Ones to avoid
There are some foods simply best avoided onboard altogether, foods that make you feel sluggish, bloated and frequently lethargic. Beans and pulses might be good for your passenger on the ground but in the air they cause gas, as do cabbage, onions, cauliflower and broccoli. These are never going to support a comfortable, pleasant flight or support sleep.
Heavy foods that take time to digest are also a mistake. Red meats in particular take even longer to digest inflight (when we are so sedentary) than on the ground, so a big juicy steak might sound great but is unlikely to make your passengers feel great.
Similarly that full English breakfast served just prior to landing may read well on the menu but is unlikely to sit well in their stomach.
Spicy foods are in vogue and are probably better for adding flavour than lots of salt,