This week I’ve been in Nashville.
The old dreams in my heart re-surfaced for sure.
But before you (and ME!) get too excited, I’ve got to tell you that it wasn’t under good circumstances.
We were there to celebrate the life of my 28 year old cousin, Ryan. Despite some tragic circumstances, we had an intentionally beautiful weekend celebrating his bright, vivacious, and comedic life.
Death is a crazy thing. It’s inevitable for us all, yet it always comes as a surprise. Our brain knows heaven is literally a better place than earth, but our hearts can’t reconcile the loss.
I’m not ready to talk about it, as I don’t fully understand it. But one day, I know I’ll put pen to paper and figure it out.
I debated on whether to have a post this week, but then I realized that there are many times in life where we travel for funerals, events, family gatherings, etc and have a hard time knowing what to eat!
In fact, I believe it’s so stressful for those of us REALLY living the CLEAN lifestyle that I’ll do an entire post on it. Until that time, I’ll give you a glimpse into one day out of my home environment.
I purposely took my own breakfast because I had no idea what situation I’d be in. BUT I knew I was staying at a house, so I knew I’d have a refrigerator for my almond milk.
For breakfast, I had a bowl of this Superfood Cereal with Vanilla Almond Milk….I CANNOT believe this is the first time I’ve ever had it. It’s AMAZING! It has incredible ingredients AND tastes like chocolate. Pretty much a double score… (AND it’s Nut-Free for those who need that option!)
I also ate some fresh fruit from a big fruit bowl that was brought to the house, but I ate it so fast that I forgot to take a picture!
For lunch, we stopped at a place called Twin Peaks (like Hooters). Ok, let me explain. I was ONE of 8 passengers, all of whom have no special dietary needs except me. All were guys except my mom and me, and we were outnumbered.
I’ll admit, I freaked out a little bit. Not because of the boobs, but because of the food, lol! (I know, I’m a little backwards).
It’s traditional bar food, so I knew eating gluten free would be difficult. Plus we RARELY eat out at home because of our situation, so I’m not in the “real world” much.
So my research-mode brain kicked in.
Unless I’m at a restaurant that accommodates special dietary needs, I’m forced to figure things out. Here’s how I narrow things down so I can find something to eat:
- I immediately go for the “sides” menu because it will typically have the most vegetable options. I will look for things like a sweet potato, green beans, broccoli, or steamed vegetables. I stay away from corn, since it’s most likely a GMO crop.
- I personally stay away from meat & cheese, unless they use locally sourced or organic options. I do not like to eat foods that are treated with hormones or antibiotics, especially animal products. Most big chains do not serve organic foods, so I knew I was going to be compiling a veggie plate today!
- My last rule is to make the best available choice that I can. I will not and do not starve myself, BUT I make still good choices in situations like this!
So, what I went for was this:
I got a side of potatoes and carrots, steamed broccoli, and green beans….I did not know that the green beans would come with bacon & corn, so I chose not to eat them (personal preference!).
Y’all may think I’m crazy, but I promise this filled me up. I had a VERY filling breakfast, so I was not starving. When you eat REAL food, not processed foods, your stomach is filled up much quicker and you end up not needing as much food as you would if you ate processed foods (that can leave you hungry soon after and/or unsatisfied).
I was hungry a few hours later, and ate snacks then. By this time, we were at my cousin’s house, and I knew I could count on her for some awesome snacks. (She’s always got great stuff)!
If she didn’t have these, I would have eaten what I brought, but I was glad to have something different to snack on.
These are Raw Kale Chips and Raw Superfood cookies. I ate about half of the bag of chips (only about 100 calories!) and one serving of cookies (which surprisingly is 18 small cookies!!! Wahoo!)
Later in the afternoon, we were going on a walk, so I ate some instant energy 🙂 This is an organic orange & some organic raspberries (thanks to my cousin’s refrigerator). I ended up putting these in a baggy (yes, I said the word baggy!!) and snacked while we walked.
We were very fortunate to have a dear family friend bring us dinner. She cooked a spread (all by herself) for over 30 people!
Once again, I had no idea about the ingredients, but I made the best choices I COULD.
I was pleasantly surprised to see some WONDERFUL items on her menu.
This is a salad with veggies & vinaigrette, roasted green beans, rice medley, and kale salad. Yes, I went back for seconds.
I honestly didn’t even look at the desert spread. I was more concerned with this glass of red wine. It was nice to sit back and chill (we had no kids this night), catch up with family, and reminisce about our sweet Ryan.
I’m hoping this gives you a little direction and inspiration next time you travel. It’s possible to not fall completely off the wagon, even in difficult circumstances.
I came home feeling wonderful, not sluggish or guilty. And I still ate WELL!