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Day 9 Eating on the Road

Spring Clean Your Body

Spring Clean Your Body

I knew there was a box lunch waiting for me for lunch at the health fair.  Those words “box lunch” clued me in that it was probably a sandwich, cookie, and chips…maybe a piece of fruit.  Bingo – that’s exactly what was in  it.

Because I’m not eating processed foods, I knew I wouldn’t eat anything but the fruit.  So I packed all of my own food and brought it in an insulated lunch bag.  Here’s what I brought for the day:

  • Fruit-Rice Protein Smoothie (I drank this in the car at 7am driving to the event)
  • Stainless steel travel mug with green tea (remember I stopped drinking coffee…..actually I haven’t missed it much and never got a headache from withdrawal).  I had experimented with green tea off and on for a couple of months and was growing used to the taste.  I stopped once or twice at convenience stores to fill up on hot water.  For some reason hot water is a satisfying beverage in the morning.
  • For lunch I made the same salad I had the other day – spring greens, fresh pair, raisins, jicama, walnuts, and vinaigrette.  (I took a break from the wellness fair and sat in the sun eating my salad – spa living!)  I didn’t feel the least bit denied.  In fact I felt lucky and smart.
  • For fruit snacks I brought a tangerine, black plum, and orange.
  • For crunchy snacks I brought a small mix of dried fruit (fig, date, cherries) and walnuts.

Dealing with Temptation

Because I brought tasty healthy snacks (abundantly), I was not tempted one bit by the junk food all around me at the convenience store when I stopped for gas.  But just to be sure, I kept my eyes focused straight ahead. The one temptation I had on the drive home was the chips.  I wanted those chips SO bad.  Part of the problem was that I was sleepy, really sleepy.  I pulled over for a 30-minute nap at a rest stop.  That helped.  Also, I resisted those chips by remembering my goal.  And I knew that if I caved in and ate them, they wouldn’t taste as good as I thought they would, and I would have started down the slippery slope which I had no intention of doing.  Feeling virtuous feels a lot better than feeling disappointed in myself.  Having a powerful, clear goal makes all the difference.  And of course the goal has to be backed up by lots of planning and preparing.

How do you handle eating on the road?  Please comment at the link below this post.

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  1. Deena says:

    great planning! I find planning is the key for me. If I go somewhere and don’t mentally prepare myself and plan food I am setting myself up to eat things that won’t make me feel good. Then I get a belly ache and regret my choices. I hear grapes are a good road food. I use food to stay awake on the road but I have also found books on CD to do the job too!

  2. Micki says:

    Road food – paints a funny mental pictures, like road kill . . . not too unlike the food that we pick up at gas stations (if they sell gas – doesn’t that tell you that you shouldn’t be eating there!), drive throughs, and convenience stores. Every fall a big truck comes from California chock full of nuts, literally. A nice lady down south of Lawrence has a nut, dried fruit, and dried vegetable sale. I come with a hand full of Benjamen’s, cause I know it has to last me until next fall. I break all these bags in to freezer size bags that are just right for road food, recipes, and holiday gifts. I did make a mistake on the road to Lincoln – I took a bag full of dried fruit (pears, apricots, apples, figs) and a bag of mixed nuts . . . moderation is advised.

  3. Diane says:

    This note reminded me to plan my meals and snacks, esp. if I will be out of the house all day.

    When I do not, I buy and eat a candy bar, or buy groceries that I do not need, or else I get so hungry that I eat everything in sight when I get home.

    Today is my first day of resuming a healthier eating plan. I took a planned snack, and even at it at the planned time–the middle of the afternoon, rather than right after lunch :)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Deena – yes grapes are a good snack. It helps to have some fat and protein with it to keep the blood sugar level even. Frozen grapes are really great in hot weather.

    Micki – I laughed at your moderation comment. We can overconsume healthy foods can’t we…..and because dried fruits are so concentrated….eating too many of them can backfire so to speak.

    Diane – best of luck to you in resuming a healthy eating plan. It’s been a couple of days. How is it going?

  5. Diane says:

    My healthy eating plan has been going for about a week now. The hardest days were the first 2 days.

    My plan uses the guidelines from the food pyramid (and 2 other healthy food plans). I divided it all into 3 small meals and 3 snacks for each day.

    I did great until 2 days ago, when I was out of town for part of the day and ate a lunch that made my brain foggy!

    I am back on track and feel so much better!

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