Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sisterhood of the Traveling Food

Not my airline
 I am going to be traveling for the next four days. Some of all four day's meals will be coming with me. To keep things simple I am cooking the cereal in advance and traveling with it. To fully cook it in the microwave at the hotel could be messy but I can warm it up. Cooking it in advance is a new idea. I know there is a daily breakfast buffet but seriously: do I need to exchange my healthy breakfast for food that is 'free' just because it is there? I would rather make sure I start my day with my staples. I can supplement with their fruit or eggs, if I choose. 

Yep, could be mine . . . .
When I travel to these events I usually rush to find a food store that sells fat free/sugar free Fage or Ciobani brand Greek yogurt and sometimes inconvenience other people in my rush to acquire my stuff. Not this time. I have slowly lowered the amount of protein I consume each day from 140 grams to no more than 110 grams and this means I no longer rely on 8oz of yogurt each day. Nor do I panic anymore if I have a day or two with less protein. In the totality of things, a little missed protein is not hurting me. Also, lest I forget, on this trip I have the option of the Quest bars. 

I am packing some crisp green apples. I didn't like uncooked granny smiths for a long time but recently I find they are more satisfying than the many types of red and yellow apples on the market. Same amount of fiber but they seem to fill me more. 

Friday's during Lent are a no-meat day for me and I may not have time to get to a restaurant between my all-day board meeting and my business meeting on Friday evening. I may take a nap in between. To make sure I am not setting myself up for a room service disaster I am bringing cooked salmon in a small cooler in checked luggage. No reason to think twice about dinner. I will also have carrots, tomatoes and zucchini along for the trip.

Look, I don't want to be someone who has to make sure I have my food with me. I want to relax in a restaurant, order from room service and eat at the buffet 'like normal folks.'  I am sure type 1 diabetics would rather not give themselves shots. I know cancer patients would rather not go for chemo and I sure know that kidney dialysis patients would rather do anything but get hooked up to a machine several hours every other day for the rest of their lives. What I am saying is this: if all I have to complain about is planning some meals in advance and carrying the food in my suitcase then I have high class problems and NOTHING to complain about. I do these things to make my life better. I get over it.


I am a card-carrying member of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Food!

Jane~

12 comments:

Miz said...

I SO SO AM TOO :)

downsizers said...

Great post. In the past, I have felt "left out" when it came to food. The whiny me was just below the surface telling me it's there, it's free, it's already paid for, just this once, it won't hurt, on, and on, and on. It feels too good to be in control and achieving my goals. It feels much better than I feel after having given in and having cinnamon rolls and all the other things that only hurt me in so many ways.

Vickie said...

do you pack with regular ice packs or dry ice?

just last week, I was getting my shoes on after exercise class and listening to two women talk about packing food and wondering if they still let one check coolers on planes.

40 Minus 100 said...

Great attitude! :)

Kelliann said...

I love this - I had to come to the realization that what I am dealing with is a disease that is not going away, and the maintenance that is required is not "optional". What a great plan you have... and I thought just packing my food for 1 day was tough! LOL

E. Jane said...

You have a great plan, Jane, and also a great attitute. Simply doing what we need to do will ensure success.

Life Coach Gerri Helms, CSC said...

Man, I typed this great response and voila, it disappeared!

Okay the reader's digest version - I'm one of the sisterhood of the traveling food and a Catholic! I've packed 4 meals, two of which are meatless, but all frozen. When I get to Raleigh, they'll go right into a fridge at the hotel. It works and I'm worth it

Restaurant food is not nearly as tasty as my own cooking. I no longer see me as weird, more like discerning taste.

Doug said...

Just saying hello - I've become a regular reader over the last few weeks. Found you from Refuse to Regain. You always have something wise to share.

I haven't stayed at a hotel in quite a while, but I remember how anything "complimentary", eg, the breakfast buffet, was a license to binge. After all, I had to get my money's worth! One concept I read about in your blog that has stuck with me is "food entitlement." When I was active in the disease, it never occurred to me to be grateful for "free" food. All I cared about was getting (more than) my fair share.

I've also learned about the wisdom of cooking ahead. Right now, I've got several pots going on the stove, cooking packages of food that I will refrigerate in single-serving sized containers so they'll be ready for my planned meals. I'm glad to know you can check food in coolers as baggage.

Bon voyage!

Norma said...

Great points, Jane, and great perspective. I wrote last week about how, because of my past, I can't *ever* live life like someone who's never been fat. I would *love* to sleep in on a Saturday morning and then go out for a pancake breakfast, but I can't. It's the choice I've made and it's what got me the life I have...and if it means packing food when I travel (which I also do) so be it!

Over 40? - So What! said...

I don't do very much traveling, but I do spend a couple of days every other month with a relative. To say that household eats differently is an understatement. I solved the problem by bringing most of my food with me. In fact I sometimes make enough for everyone. They are surprised that my (to them) weird way of eating - mostly veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds and oatmeal - actually tastes pretty good. Maybe I'll make converts of them all.

KCLAnderson (Karen) said...

I am SO with you!! I was recently away in Arizona visiting friends and family (thus, why I haven't been blogging much myself...or commenting) and for the most part, I was able to have the foods I need (I had my friend take me to a local grocery store and I packed my precious Gnu bars :-). One evening, however, we went out for dinner to the Cheesecake Factory (ick). I thought I did well by ordering a small arugula salad and a small "flatbread" with chicken on it from the "skinny" menu. The salad was so salty I could only eat half of it...and the flatbread was "meh" and I only ate half of it. That night I had such bad gas, was bloated and felt disgusting...sorry if that's TMI, but I am so well attuned to my body now that it's obvious to me when I've eaten well and when I haven't. Thankfully, the rest of the time, I had a little bit more control over what I ate...

Munchberry said...

You know what - that is a great way of looking at it. You have a condition and it must be attended to.