“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
It’s so easy to make excuses during the holidays or while we are traveling. But based on my own experience with traveling a sh*t ton over the past three, I know for a fact that you can make it work if you want to. But you have to want it. And when you want it, you have to plan ahead. We make sh*tty decisions when we are frantic and have no other options available. But if you plan ahead, you’ll always have something available or a game plan to keep you on track. Your health is still most important, so act like it! Even when families or friend’s feelings are involved, remember that your health is the most important and you should treat it that way.
I’m working on getting transcriptions for each one of my previous podcasts, including this one, so I’m writing a bit more in detail in the description until then. And that way, if you don’t want to listen, you can quickly scan this! But know that transcriptions are coming! Hope this topic is helpful!
When heading out to travel – do your research:
- Download the yelp app (searching gluten free and paleo)
- Google (duh)
- Ask friends
- Look at blogs and social media
- Plan some of your meals
- Grocery Shop – Make meals for yourself
- Drink a ton of water – take a water bottle with you
- Pack snacks for emergencies
- Rx Bars
- Larabar bites
- Mammoth Bars
- Fuel For Fire Protein Packs
- Nut Butter Packets
- Plantain Chips
- Work with what you have
- Eat the meat off of a sandwich (when I have no other option, I’ll get a breakfast sandwich at a coffee shop and just eat the egg and sausage patty without the bagel/croissant)
- Get a shitty salad with no dressing or croutons
- Look up the ingredients at McDonald’s before you go there. Look at just the sauce ingredients alone!
- This is the ingredients in just the Habanero Ranch Sauce alone: Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Distilled Vinegar, Buttermilk Powder, Egg Yolks, Maltodextrin, Dried Cayenne Red Pepper Sauce (Aged Cayenne Red Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic), Sugar, Corn Starch, Modified Food Starch, Contains 1% or Less: Salt, Spice and Spice Extractives, Natural Flavor (Dairy and Animal Sources), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Lactic Acid, Habanero Pepper, Red Bell Pepper Powder, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Apple Cider Vinegar.
When dealing with the holidays:
- Follow all the steps above
- Plan ahead
- Get to the grocery store
- Plan some of the meals
- If you’re heading to a holiday party
- Bring a couple of your own side dishes
- Load up on meat and vegetables first and then get smaller portions of the heavier food that you don’t want to miss out on since you only get it once a year
- Don’t forget that you don’t HAVE to feel uncomfortably full on Thanksgiving or other holidays
- For dessert – bring something you know you can have or have smaller portions of the dessert you truly love
- Drink lots of water
How to explain your healthier choices to your friends and family:
- Questions usually stem from insecurities (when it’s not just curiosity) so I just explain what paleo is, where it came from, and how good I felt when I started eating paleo. Explain paleo in a positive light instead of what you can’t have. And the more you stick to your guns, the more people will back down.
How to take part in family traditions (such as cinnamon rolls) and you don’t want to hurt their feelings:
- Remember first and foremost, your health is most important.
- Be able to explain yourself why you aren’t having something
- If they love you and respect you, they should respect your healthy choices
- Come up with an alternative for yourself – gluten free cinnamon rolls! (I’ve seen them in the frozen food isle in Whole Foods)
Dealing with friends and family without feeling high maintenance and while maintaining and good relationship with them and your own food:
- If these are important people to you, they should respect you.
- Pick the restaurant yourself
- Go wherever they want to go and just pick the best option like a bunless burger
- Bring your own food to some of the events
- Explain to your friends and family why you are eating a certain way and the ways that it’s improved your life
- It may be time to consider if that friend is still worth having if they are putting your down for making healthier life choices (I have had to end friendships because of that)
How do you know how much food to eat:
- Eat until satisfied, not full
- I go to my CrossFit gym to do a team workout then have mimosas afterwards and get a good buzz going! Best day of the year!
What should I make for lunch if I don’t have access to a microwave?
- Eat your lunch cold! Still delicious!