[quote="DexUK, post:10, topic:314471"]
Yes, I'm definitely going to pack meals I can take with me on a three day business trip that aren't going to spoil... :shrug:
As it happens, my trip has been postponed until Thursday because of a winter storm so there hasn't been a problem with my Ash Wednesday observance, but when you have food allergies and you have to work AND drive 400 miles in one day, fasting and abstinence take a back seat to whatever food is available that can be eaten. But also the Church is ok with that, since there is a medical need. Had the situation arisen, I would have been able to take the opportunity to use the 6 hour journey to pray instead. I have to wonder which God values more... the use of many hours meditating on the spiritual nature of Lent or the fasting and abstinence because it's a rule the Church made...
My family and I used to drive for two days every summer to get to our summer holiday spot and two days every summer to get back home. We took non-perishable food with us and had ample opportunity along the way to buy any perishables that we needed.
That was 20-some years ago, mind you. These days it would be heaps easier. Lots of supermarkets stock a surprising range of vegetarian food that is also suitable for sufferers of at least the common allergies (gluten and dairy for example).
Now I fully realise that your dietary needs may be far less easy to cater for. But as someone who has relatives with lots of unusual dietary requirements am scratching my head to figure where you might be going that you could not access (even somewhere along the way) shops that at least have better options than a restaurant?
I'm not trying to sound accusatory, simply curious. By the way, those rules are important. They are how we put Jesus' commandment to fast (He said 'when you fast', not if) into practice. He gave the Church His very own authority in regard setting such rules, so they are not insignificant by any means.