Thursday, July 19, 2012
I wish I could write this post with a position of credibility and strength. However, here I am on the road again, and not eating well. There was a moment during the day of packing that I pulled out my Garden Diet menus and a notebook to figure out what food would be practical to pack and eat during a road trip and what foods are realistic to prepare in a hotel room. I was all ready to plan, then got distracted (parenting, you know) and then took the kids to the pool, never returning to my planned planning session. In a last ditch attempt to do something healthy, I ran over to my favorite raw restaurant and picked up a few entree's to go.
That was a waste of $60. While the food may still be good for another day or two, fresh food tastes best fresh. It just doesn't appeal to me after the first day. Then it didn't help my cause that I decided to get the kids treats for the road trip that included potato chips, cookie and cracker packs. Did I really think that I could keep my hands off of them? And again (I know, I write about this too much without taking much action), why do I feed my kids crap?
At our first family get together we all had Kentucky Fried Chicken. I had the choice of bringing one of my raw entrees, but I thought, no big deal. I wasn't very hungry, so I'd just wait until later. Fail. (That's my tween talking.) There's not even a moderately healthy option in that family value pack - just fried grease, salt, and carbs - the worst kind, simple, white carbs stripped of all nutrients possible.
Do you ever feel like you can't make the right choices because everything and/or everyone around you is going against you? Like, I could really lose weight if my husband didn't come home with a bag of chips and cookies. If only I didn't have to make the kids their meal, I could really stick to my diet. I'm so busy, I don't have a minute to prepare all that food? I'm traveling and there's only fast food restaurants around here. I'm so tired, I can't stop eating. I just had a great workout, I can eat anything I want.
Those are many of my excuses. I have many more, I just don't want to bore you all. Only two days ago I was planning a post of how to survive travel while eating raw. Instead, I'm feeling defeated so I'm burdened with all my excuses and looking to whatever I can to blame. Change is hard. Getting out of your routine is hard. But living a life of ill health is even harder.
As I'm thinking about all of this, I know that at any moment I can turn this trip around. Writing about it helps. Although I don't know any of my readers except a small handful, writing publicly is a form of making a commitment. Now, I need to find a decent healthy restaurant around here for lunch, or it's back to the grocery store. Suggestions, anyone, for some good veggie food in Minnetonka?
Posted by Dominique at 11:15 AM