Some of you might remember that last year I spent a weekend in Philadelphia at an Educator’s conference. Well, this year, the conference was in Chicago.
For this recap, I am going to focus on what it was like to travel while trying to maintain a strict eating plan. I am here to tell you – IT CAN BE DONE!
Friday morning a group of 10 of us left Atlanta on a plane to Chicago. I had a nice big breakfast before I left to hopefully not get too hungry on the plane. I also packed some snacks in my bag of almonds and fruit.
There’s one of the keys to traveling – PLANNING.
I had also emailed the concierge at the hotel asking about nearby grocery stores because I knew when I got there, I was going to need to buy some water. I refused to pay $4.00 for a bottle of water at the hotel. I was so thankful when he told me that there were several grocery stores close by including a Trader Joes and Whole Foods. Score!
So, I ate my packed snacks on the plane (NO honey roasted peanuts for me!) and had a cup of hot tea, no milk or sugar. First challenge…success!
For dinner that night, we went by the concierge’s recommendation and ended up at a local pub, Stout Barrel House and Pub. Luckily, there were lots of good options on the menu for someone looking to eat healthy. I went with the chicken sandwich minus the bun and tried brussel sprouts for the first time since I was a kid.
The chicken was delicious and the brussel sprouts were probably good as far as brussel sprouts go. I’m still not sure I am a fan! Water to drink, of course…Second challenge, Score!
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Whole Foods. I ended up with a HUGE thing of water to last me through the weekend. Oh…forgot to mention that I packed two empty water bottles in my carry on so I could take water with me to the conference. See…it’s all about planning.
I also picked up a nice big salad and some Justin almond butters in a single serving packet (I knew I could get fruit to go with it at the breakfast buffet!).
That night, we didn’t have dinner because we had such a late lunch. Overall, Friday was a very successful eating day for me.
Saturday was the conference. We headed to the breakfast buffet where there were lots of good choices.
I went with an omelet with peppers and bacon – light oil. No cheese. Yumm-o! I also had a few pieces of sausage and bacon. Then, I grabbed an apple and a banana to go.
For snack, I had the fruit along with the nut butter and the almonds I had packed for the weekend. I got very hungry late afternoon and wished I had taken the salad I bought from Whole Foods the day before. Live and learn.
For dinner, we headed to a seafood place on Foursquare that was recommended, Shaw’s Crab House. This place was awesome. I started by splitting a shrimp cocktail with a friend and then for dinner, I chose scallops and broccoli Of course, water to drink.
It was all very good and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
The next morning were more eggs and sausage. I learned from the day before and took my salad to the conference.
After the conference, we did some shopping. Sarah and I had a blast in the Coach store. I may or may not have ended up with these beauties:
She may or may not have ended up with these:
I love walking through Chicago with all of the buildings.
I just love being in the city!
After shopping, for dinner, we ended up at Rock Bottom Brewery (We tried for authentic Chicago pizza but the two hour wait deterred us). I ordered an avocado chicken sandwich without the bun with a side of green beans.
Another great meal, on plan! Score again!
Monday, our last day was another yummy breakfast. After we left the conference around 11:00 I had some grilled chicken I had bought the day before at the grocery (just in case). Then, at the airport, I went with a mexican taco salad, no shell, chicken with veggies, lettuce, pico and guacamole. That’s it. Oh…and water of course!
On the way home, I finished the almonds I took and ate an apple.
Then, I breathed a sigh of relief. Not only was I home, but I was so relieved that I had done so well staying on plan while I was gone. All it took was a little planning ahead and making good choices. Now, I don’t have the guilt of coming home from a trip feeling like crap. Instead, I can rejoice and feel good about my choices.
I can’t wait to go back to Chicago with my husband. My friend Kristen’s husband is from there so I am thinking a trip with all four of us woul be a blast!
How about you? Are you going on a trip soon? Spring Break maybe?!? Do you use trips as an excuse to NOT stay on plan?