I just got back from a wonderful few days in Florida… visiting Grandma and Grandpa Honey Bee and seeing a few friends – it was just perfect! While I did some work and studied (I’m still taking nutrition courses… always more to learn!), I certainly took time to relax too. Yes, that includes food and fitness.
I obviously eat (and live) a certain way – I make my food choices based on what works for me physically and intellectually and am an advocate for movement. When I am away from home (traveling, out to eat, etc) I certainly don’t throw my beliefs and lifestyle out the window but rather make the best choices that I can and aim for an attainable balance. Trust me: it is possible to maintain your food philosophy yet not drive yourself or anyone around you crazy! (And I couldn’t have said that a year or two ago).
I don’t freak out if the chicken at the restaurant isn’t organic – because it rarely will be. I don’t freak out if my meal doesn’t come with veggies. I don’t ask for a billion-and-one substitutions (two is my magic number). If it comes with bread, I don’t eat it. If it’s cooked in canola oil, I don’t have a kinipshin. If I want ice-cream, I have it. If I don’t, I pass. I pack snacks, ask questions about how food is prepared and yes often check menus beforehand but do my very best not to draw attention to myself and just live. I aim to make the best choices possible and make these choices based on me and me alone.
More from the blog archives:
But in order to maintain a real food lifestyle, you’ve still got to be prepared. Here are my top five tips:
1. Pack snacks/food: I always bring some non-perishable items with me: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, jerky, oatmeal, dark chocolate, tea, etc. Sometimes, depending on the situation, I pack full meals and items that I pre-make beforehand.
Check out the post linked below for more on how I travel with pre-made real food.
From the blog archives:
2. Stock up on food: When I arrive at my destination away from home, I locate a grocery store and do a bit of shopping to stock up on easy items for breakfast, on-the-go lunches and snacks. I try to keep cooking at a minimum so I look for legit pre-cooked items or things that require minimal cooking.
3. Incorporate movement as a part of travel or exercise in the morning: If I want to hit the gym (or if I’m in training), I do so prior to any family activities/events so I don’t miss out on anything because I “have to workout.” But I am a big fan of incorporating movement as a part of a trip: biking, hiking, walking. It’s a great way to see a new place and you can cover lots of ground!
4. Make balanced choices: This is going to be different for everyone. If you are celiac, well the scone below is not a good idea. But if you’re like me and “just” get some discomfort and bloating but loveeeee a scone from Harrods? Enjoy it. But don’t get the mac n cheese as well – go for some greens and protein. All of the veggies will balance out the gluten and sugar.
From the blog archives:
- What I Ate in Peru
- What I Ate in London (April 2014)
- What I Ate in Chicago
- What I Ate in London (November 2015)
5. Relax: Take a deep breath. You are not going to be perfect and don’t try to be. You’re on vacation, or whatever. Enjoy it. Don’t deprive yourself of things you want to enjoy or things you want to partake in. When my whole family was making s’mores in Arizona (and I freaking love s’mores), I made a tiny version for myself to share in the fun and enjoy. I aim for consistency, not perfection and I hope you will too.
Questions of the day…
How do you maintain your lifestyle while you are away from home or traveling?