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Still Traveling

Today I went for my walk/hike and the only wildlife I saw were two rabbits. I just caught sight of the cotton white tail of the first rabbit and the second one let me take its picture. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed that I did not see more wildlife this walk.

After my walk I refueled with my usual traveling food of oatmeal with berries, almond butter and some plant milk. I promised to share some of my “go to” ideas for lunch when away from home.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I almost always make a grocery run so I know I have food that will meet my dietary needs. On this grocery trip I picked up some salad greens, crunchy sprouts, different kinds of fruit, some frozen veggie patties and some frozen quinoa with veggies.

For lunch I made a small smoothie with some banana, raspberries, strawberries and some plant milk for easier blending. To go with my berry filled smoothie was two veggie patties with avocado and some salad greens, crunchy sprouts and a squeeze of fresh lemon. As you can see with just a little pre-planning you can go anywhere and meet all your dietary needs.

 

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Traveling Again

We do a lot of traveling for my husband’s work. Usually once a month, but sometimes it can be more.  I really do not mind traveling, because if we are together then we are home. I like to try out new cuisines and restaurants, however, we do have a few favorite restaurants that we do like to frequent.

During this trip I thought I would share some of the “go to” things I do when we travel. We always stay at a hotel with a kitchenette and usually offers a free breakfast. This is really important to stay on plan. After we get our car rental we usually then go and hit the grocery store. Sometimes I get a little carried away. I need to remember we are only here for so many days. I did pretty good this trip.

Because the hotel where we stay usually has oatmeal at their breakfast offering. I always get the oatmeal. I make a few additions to the oatmeal that I purchased from the grocery: raspberries, almond butter (in a packet) and some plant milk. Oh, andI grab a cup of coffee. This is a filling and nourishing breakfast to start my day.

The featured image at the top of the post is one from a previous trip on one of my walks. I always try to get some outdoor exercise on our trips if I can. The natural vitamin D is good for you. In the winter It can be difficult, but I try. I did not see any wildlife on today’s walk. Hopefully, tomorrow I will see some wildlife while I am out in the sunshine.

I will focus on lunch, on my next post. It will feature items from my grocery run earlier in the week. It will show you how easy it is to stay on your eating plan even when you have to travel.

 

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Away from Home: What to Eat???

This week we are traveling for my husband’s work. It has been over a year since I wrote anything about eating when traveling, so I thought it was about time to let you see what I do when we are traveling. I have to be very careful of what I eat since I am very sensitive to gluten and other items. Trying to find places to eat and stay on your meal plan can be a challenge, if you do not have these tips.

  • Stay at a place that has a kitchenette
  • Make a quick grocery run

Staying at a hotel that has a kitchenette can make all the difference for you staying on plan. By utilizing the kitchenette you will save yourself a lot of frustration, especially if you are in a location that does not have a variety of options for your WFPB(Whole Food Plant Based) or Vegan way of eating.

After getting off the plane and getting our car we hit the grocery store to get some basic items:

  • Berry tray
  • Veggie tray
  • Salad greens
  • Bottled water
  • Almond milk

These were a few things to have on hand to make eating healthy easier. The hotel we stay at offers breakfast and evening snacks. I usually just do the breakfast.

My choice: Oatmeal from the hotel and added berries from the store, and you cannot forget the coffee. I packed some packets of ground flaxseed and (sometimes) almond butter packets.

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These few tips help me every time I travel or I am away from home to keep myself healthy and energized.

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When in Paris…

How do you eat when in Paris?

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It really was not as hard as I thought it would be. Yes, they have croissants, and baguettes. Baguettes are served with every meal. I did not indulge because I knew if I did I would feel miserable the rest of the day. So I lived vicariously through my husband. He enjoyed them for both of us. That made me happy.

Paris is a bustling city. Traffic is a little insane. We walked most of the time, or ubered it other times. We were very fortunate to be staying by a number of cafes in walking distance. Meals were so enjoyable. This is what I got from Paris…

Meals should be a nourishing experience.

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The cafes are wonderful. Take your time during your meal. Enjoy the environment, smells and all that is before you. Meals in Paris are partaken at a leisurely pace. Nothing comes to you quickly. You are pretty much left alone to enjoy your meal and people watch. (Nicoise Salad)

Surprisingly, eating Paleo is easier to do than I thought it would be and an enjoyable Parisian experience.

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Travel and Buffets

My husband and I just returned from a 7 day cruise. We had a very relaxing time. It is one of our favorite ways to vacation. Even during the relaxing we did a lot of observing. Observing people in all sorts of environments is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. Let’s just say, a cruise gives you many opportunities to people watch. It is just like getting a dinner and a show all at one time.

One thing that I noticed over the course of the 7 days is that most people do not have control when it comes to vacation buffets. Really. This is not scientific, however, my guesstimate is about 80% of the people I observed went crazy when they went through the breakfast buffet. I had never seen so much bacon on any given plate. Truly shocking and amazing at the same time. It got me thinking a lot about the food and body connection.

When I thought about food I thought of how blessed our country is with the availability of accessible food. Not only how blessed, but also how overindulgent and wasteful we have become. Does one person really need a half a pound of bacon in one setting? The servers are so accustomed to dishing out large portions I had to tell them I wanted less. No wonder people gain 5-10 pounds when they go on a cruise. I can honestly say we did not gain any weight and we exercised. It was a great week that we got to focus on body,  mind and spirit.

What really bothered me was the wastefulness. We would be leaving the dining area and I would see hundreds of plates half full of uneaten food. Why? If you are not going to eat it, why take it?  One word comes to mind, that has become a buzzword – mindful(ness).

Sometimes I wonder if we even give any thought to what we as a people put in our mouths and bodies. Are we being mindful of our actions and the results of those actions? From the observations I made that week I would say, probably not. Once again, this is just a matter of observation, but my guesstimate is that 75-80% of the people that were cruising were overweight to morbidly obese. This was somewhat shocking to me. It made an impression on me that I probably will never forget. We are only given one body and how we treat that body will respond in like. This trip strengthened my resolve to treat my body as a special gift and treat it with respect. It is the only one I will be given for my entire life and it deserves the best I can give it.

 

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Traveling and Food

Do you find it hard to eat healthy when you travel? Now this may sound weird but, I think I actually eat better when I travel. Why? Because, I do not want to feel sick when I am not at home in my comfort zone. To be honest, I think we use traveling as an excuse to cut loose a little and eat the way we use to before we decided to eat healthfully.

Think about it. How many times have you said, “After my vacation I will get back on track.” I am not saying a little indulgence once in a while is bad, but come on how many once in a whiles are you having?

I have tried to make it a rule when I travel to make sure the indulgence is worth the bite. Is the indulgence really worth the second bite? I will give you examples from my day.

Breakfast: I ordered a veggie omelet with hash browns on the side and gluten free toast. The omelet was a rather large portion so I only ate half. The hash browns were okay, but not worth more than a couple of bites. The toast was good. It is hard to get gluten-free bread when you eat out. This was my little indulgence. I only ate one, instead of both showing some restraint. Besides I was full, and it was not worth going into the bonus round level.

Lunch: I tried out a restaurant I had never been to. The chef was a James Beard award winner (That is a big deal in the foodie world). Their theme was innovative small plates. I liked the idea of something light, but would not leave me starving in two hours. I tried a fixed menu of salad, main course and a dessert. The salad was an unique seafood salad. Consisting mostly of matchstick veggies and a variety of different seafood. The plate was artfully displayed. The bites matched the beauty of the plate. This salad was worth the bites. The main course was just as beautifully plated ( a stuffed chicken breast with ricotta and spinach on top of mashed potatoes with a mushroom demi-glace sauce). It actually sounded better than it tasted. The main dish was a little over cooked and dry. Needless to say, it was not worth all the bites it would require to finish the dish. I left some on the plate. Finally, the dessert was a chocolate torte cake with some kind of gelato and a raspberry sauce. Once again the plate was beautiful. However, there was no flavor. I expected to taste chocolate in the cake. I did not. It made me somewhat sad because I really like chocolate cake. I had literally two bites. It was not worth eating. The gelato was velvety but had no flavor. I tried two bites, still no flavor. The raspberry sauce was divine. That was worth every bite. I wish there was more of the raspberry sauce.

Dinner: Tried a new to me restaurant that pays homage to the origin of food, with farm-fresh ingredients and naturally raised products. We started our meal with a cheese board. What is nice about an appetizer like this is that there is variety. Since there is a variety of items, if there is one you do not like you can try something else and save some bites. My main course was Diver Scallops and Spring Vegetables. This was a healthful and worth every bite dish. When the meal was completed I was satiated and felt good.

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It all comes down to choices. Are you choosing to take bites out of things that are only mediocre or are you going to take the bites out of something amazing? Are you going to take a bite of something that will not make you feel good or that you will regret later on? Which bite will you take?