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Eating Away from Home, Part 2

25 Nov Ceviche

This past weekend I went to San Francisco again. If you’re wondering what I’m doing there, I’m taking a course over five weekends. The class is about exploring what I want my contribution to be in the world. Every since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be known for changing the world somehow and that is what I’m up to when I travel to California. I’ll be going again three more times, so I will have a chance to perfect this system.

The majority of the time while in San Francisco I am going between the hotel room, the lobby and the conference room. It’s very similar to a work conference. I made some changes to what I did last time and overall we had a better experience, but the process could still use some improvements.

Prior to leaving on the trip my roommates and I took the following steps:
• Made sure that there would be a fridge in the hotel room before arrival
• Made a grocery store list
• Made a list of raw recipes that can easily be prepared in a hotel room
• Found a place to get raw milk
• Brought a cutting board from home

We ate breakfast at the hotel on Friday:

Oatmeal with bananas, raisons and peanut butter

Oatmeal with bananas, raisins and peanut butter

For lunch I returned to the bagel shop up the road for that same half bagel. You may be experiencing deja vu if you’ve read the other post, but I promise things will change as you read along.

Turkey, veggies and hummus on a bagel

Turkey, veggies and hummus on a bagel

Later in the evening on Friday we went to Whole Foods to pick up our food for the weekend. Some of the items we picked up:
• Fish (for ceviche)
• Kale
• Spinach
• Celery
• Tomatoes
• Avocados
• Snap peas
• Mushrooms
• Ginger
• Bananas
• Apples
• Dried cherries
• Bread
• Hummus
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Peanut Butter
• Jam

Here are some of the highlights of what we ate. One of us brought a hand-held blender and we were able to make smoothies in a pitcher.

Raw honey, raspberries and raw milk smoothie

Raw honey, raspberries and raw milk smoothie

We put so many vegetables and fruits in this ceviche I don’t think I could ever make it the same again. Some of what we put in here are red peppers, celery, raw dried cherries, mango, avocado, macadamia nuts and fish soaked in lemon juice over night.  It was delicious.

Ceviche

Ceviche

I also ate this roast beef sandwich.

Roast beef sandwich

Roast beef sandwich

I almost forgot about this kale salad with snap peas, tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice and Bariani olive oil (which is so amazing that I could dedicate a whole post to this olive oil).

Kale salad

Kale salad

On the last day as a treat I picked up this exquisite almond croissant, you can’t see it but there was almond paste practically oozing from the center.

Almond croissant

Almond croissant

I was able to eat as well as I do at home. It did require some extra effort and I’ll be honest sometimes I wanted to go downstairs to the hotel restaurant and order whatever, but sticking to the original plan had many rewards. I made excellent food choices every day while away from home, it was fun to prepare food in a small hotel room with friends (especially stuff that tastes good) and I had more energy than I’ve ever had while traveling.

There are a few things I could improve upon for next time:
• A more detailed grocery store list (we had too many left overs)
When at home I don’t usually write how much I need of something because I cook for two people and have recipes planned, here I need to be more specific or get a meal plan together.
• Getting in half a day early
• Asking a friend from San Fran to bring us a knife
• Having recipes ready to prepare on site
• Bring Tupperware

Overall this was a great adventure and I can’t wait until January to do it again. Hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I’ll be running a 10k Turkey Trot and then I have two Thanksgivings to attend in the afternoon.

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Eating Away from Home

26 Oct

Do you remember when I took that trip to San Francisco last month? For that trip I had done some meal planning to make sure that I could eat well, on a budget and not get enticed by hotel junk food. If you recall, I did some research and found that there was a Whole Foods close to our hotel. I decided to buy groceries and store them in the hotel fridge for the weekend. All went well.

Friday Morning

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

We had not yet gone to Whole Foods, but oatmeal is a hotel breakfast I can always count on. I like to eat my oats with fruit and peanut butter. This hotel also had fresh squeezed OJ, it was perfect way to start the day.

Friday Afternoon

Turkey and veggies bagel

Bagel with turkey and veggies

The afternoon rolled around and we opted to wait until later to hit up WF, instead we ate lunch at a cute bagel shop. I ordered a sesame wheat bagel (hollowed out, I don’t like to get full on the bread I prefer to fill my sandwich with veggies) with turkey, cheese,  hummus, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. The sandwich was so filling that I ate half and saved the other half for later.

Finally that evening we made it to Whole Foods. I didn’t have a concrete list. I’ve done enough meal planning and grocery shopping that I was able to get just enough for the weekend. The only detail left to handle was that there was no fridge in our hotel room. If you’re ever in a situation where you want to have a fridge in your hotel room and don’t here’s what you do… call the front desk and ask for one. 🙂 It works.

The rest of the weekend we ate food from our stash and the only time I bought anything at the hotel was the occasional tea and this amazing fruit tart.

Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

It was delicious.

Overall this system worked out very well. The thing I will do differently next time is have a grocery list prepared ahead of time so that we can get to the store and get our food quickly. There was a bit of unnecessary running around.

I’ll be flying back to San Fran at the end of next month and will be in the same type of situation, staying at the same hotel, taking the same weekend class, with the same friends so I’ll get to test out this system again. For those of you who are committed to eating well and can’t make it to the grocery store, Whole Foods has a shopping and delivery service.

Getting Ready to Travel

20 Sep

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m liking this Monday today. It’s not a common thing for people to like Mondays, but I think Monday gets a bad rep. I feel like every Monday is a fresh start, a brand new work week filled with opportunities, opportunities to be more productive, to step up my game with workouts, to break old habits. Particularly when I get enough sleep on Sunday, this is my experience of Mondays.

For me, the best way to have a great Monday is to plan as much of my week as I can on Sunday. That includes having planned:
• workouts
• sleep
• meals for the week
• having my clothes ready and picked out for the morning
• setting my coffee maker to brew as soon as I wake up
• deciding which train to take (I travel to work on a commuter train with a set schedule).

Later in the week I will be traveling, I’ll be in a situation where I’ll responsible for all my meals, but mostly I’ll be stuck with hotel food options. Not that there is anything wrong with hotel food, I just don’t always make the best choices when eating at hotel restaurants, not to mention that for a person traveling on a budget hotel meals are not exactly the most cost efficient. I eat 4-5 meals per day along with a snack or two in-between and to be eating out that many times is just not going to work for me.

So I’ve been doing some planning, I’m going to find a grocery store near by and buy my own food for the week. I won’t be able to buy anything that requires cooking, and I may be limited to things like sandwiches and salads, but I think I’m on to something. I’ll be sharing my hotel room with a friend who has a special diet who eats exclusively raw. We are going to call the hotel to request that there be an empty refrigerator on account of his special diet. We also know that there is a Whole Foods near the hotel, we’re also going to find out the hours and find a time to buy the food we need from there.

As I commit to eating healthier and eating more raw vegetables and fruits I don’t want to leave my food choices up to chance. I know that if I spend the weekend eating pastas, pizzas, fries and other ‘junk foods’ I will be sluggish and it will be that much harder to get back into my routine when I get back home.

I’ve never tried anything like this before. It’s an experiment! I’m sure I will learn plenty about meal planning and travel that I’ll be able to share when I get back.

If you’ve attempted to meal plan to this extent while traveling and you have some tips for me, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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