BBG Week 6: When Vacation Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

It seems that each week, BBG challenges me in a different way. Since I was traveling this week, it was challenging to find time to get my workouts in and access the healthy food that I’m used to eating.

Travel stresses me out for a multitude of reasons, my allergies causing a lot of that. Not only do I seek healthy options, but I seek allergy-friendly options as well. Often times, the two don’t come in the same package. While I did bring some snacks, I didn’t have a fridge or supermarket nearby, so at times I had to settle for what was there.

Overall, I recognize that travel is temporary, so the world is not going to end if I don’t keep up with eating at least one salad every day. That being said, there are a few measures that I maintain when I’m traveling to conferences and other events where the food is provided.

1. Bring Your Own Breakfast

I usually work out in the morning, so it’s crucial that I take in the proper nutrients following my workouts. I carry oatmeal packets, seeds, and protein powders in my suitcase so that I can mix up a quick breakfast in my hotel room. I also bring a small Blender Bottle along so that I can blend my shakes!

2. Eat All the Vegetables

In the words of Michael Pollan, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. This is what I adhere to while attending catered events. I don’t like all vegetables equally, but it’s much better to fill your plate with veggies and a small amount of lean protein than reach for the dinner rolls and pasta. I ate platefuls of green beans this weekend even though they aren’t my favorite. I know that I physically feel better when I eat a lot of veggies, so I try to make the most out of my situation. Again, it’s only for a few days. You’ll live. However, don’t expect me to eat a green bean anytime soon!

3. Pick Your Dessert

I love dessert, who doesn’t? Whether you favor the savory or the sweet, there is something delicious out there for you. One thing that I’ve committed to doing even though it’s really tough is only choosing one dessert per night—that includes alcohol. If I plan to hit a bar later with friends, I’ll forgo the chocolate cake at dinner.

I struggled a lot this past weekend with this guideline. When someone puts a slice of chocolate cake in front of you, the last thing you want to down is turn it down! Chocolate smells wonderful, which I never even realized until this weekend when I did more breathing it in than actually eating it.

The reason why I put dessert and alcohol in the same category is because they are both devoid of nutrients for the most part. You’re certainly not eating traditional red velvet cake for the beets or drinking a vodka soda to get in your whole grains!

Sometimes it’s hard not to give in and just do what everyone is doing. Actually, most of the time it’s hard not to give in. For me personally, I think a lot of my struggle comes from the fact that I wasn’t always active and I didn’t always eat healthily. There was a period of my life when I didn’t really care about what I ate and didn’t work out. You couldn’t tear me away from chocolate chip granola bars and coffee with two sweeteners and a creamer if you tried. I know what tastes good, but I also know what tastes better. Sautéed kale with garlic is good, but have you had sweet potato fries dipped in hot sauce?

I don’t think there will be a day when I’m not tempted to throw my standards out the window. However, BBG gives me a reason to stay on track. I want to get through these 12 weeks and I know that I can. The desire to get stronger motivates me to eat healthily while still taking those opportunities to treat myself.

I’m looking forward to a slower paced week this week. I’m going to schedule some extra yoga sessions and get back to my routine. As much as I love a good party, working out on 4 hours of sleep hurts.

Until next week!

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