So after we completed The Whole 30 the first time in 2015, it was time to pay up. The bribe for my daughters diligence was a trip to the GWL for 3 days!
As everyone knows the minute you leave your house, away from your paleo stash, you risk getting into a myriad of bad choices especially if you don’t plan ahead. I used to rationalize that vacations are for eating whatever you want. This is NOT even a option for us anymore. I don’t want to feel awful, I want to eat my whole foods!
So time to plan, the GWL has a fridge in the rooms as well as a microwave, that’s all I need to reheat all the healthy dinners that we need. I get the cooler out the night before and start the cook-a-thon!
Here is what we took 3 days :
- Hard boiled eggs
- Chicken breast on mixed salads
- Pork chops, potatoes with brocolli
- Baked Ham, potatoes with cauliflower
- Coconut milk
- Coconut water
- Scrambled egg patties
- Paleo banana pancakes with sausage
- Perrier water
- Paleo fruit leather
- Mixed veggies
- Salsa and guacamole
- Paleo tortilla chips
Wow! That’s a list! But oddly not huge amounts and it fit nicely in one cooler. Since it’s winter , Canada, and -10c outside I just put the cooler outside for the night…. Lol!
In the morning we were all set to go! All loaded up, black coffee in hand I think to myself… I am doing this. We are do this!! Healthy eating is something we can stick to no matter what!
We get to the GWL and check in. We have a great time the next 3 days and not once go off plan.
Now one thing I do have to comment on is the almost non-existent presence of healthy food. The only things I saw that were healthy choices was a fruit cup, a veggie cup and a couple of salads. The cafe has so much sugar I could smell it coming off of the elevator and forget the buffet.
We had purchased a pawpass for my daughter and one of the items included was 1/4 lb of fudge. My husband asked if we could switch it to a healthier option and the girl looked at him as if he was crazy. With not many options I suggest a juice box ( this even was not great in my eyes) then the girl starts to make a fuss…. I just burst out with the word allergy and the deal is done. 1 juice box acquired, my daughter is ecstatic for the “juice”. Lol. As we are leaving, the girl says that maybe my daughter would enjoy cotton candy instead of the juice? I flash a look of confusion and politely say no thanks. The look I get back is priceless. It is a look of pity, like I’m so awful to my child because I am denying her sugar and junk food.
Well if that’s what it takes, I will take the title if worst parent ever in society’s eyes. I’m fine with that.
Moving on, the rest of the trip goes off without a hitch and the ride home is quiet. We are all out of food and a bit hungry so a quick stop at the grocery store fixes us up. We grab some bananas, apples and nuts and we are good till home.
I’m no longer worried about travelling and staying on plan, and if you ever find yourself without anything to eat, the grocery store is always a safe bet. Most towns always have one and the variety will always suit exactly what you need.
Until next time, Happy paleo travels friends!