It has been a busy few days fitting in a short local vacation to spend time with my visiting parents. What do you do when you are on a diet and have to go on vacation?
My answer was to bring my food with me. It took a little while to cook it all in advance but I don’t have to cook for the rest of the week!
“Clean eating desserts” is an oxymoron to me. I have yet to be convinced that substituting out all kinds of flour and sugar substitutes makes a dessert any more healthy. Dessert is dessert. It is not on my current diet so I don’t eat it no matter what it is made of. This is the part of clean eating where I think people can go wrong. In the grocery store, there are aisles of sugar alternatives (date sugar, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, etc.). To me, this anti-sugar obsession is a bit weird. As I saw from my prior experiment with gluten-free, sugar-free cookies, desserts made with these alternative ingredients are just as addictive and just as tempting for overeating as regular desserts. For the calories, I would probably rather just eat regular desserts. However, Gwyneth has some desserts in her cookbook so I made some as presents for our visiting guests and my kids.
I checked ahead of time and found that the hotel room we were staying in had a mini fridge but no microwave. So, I made sure to pack only things that could be eaten cold and that wouldn’t go bad if they were left out for a bit of time.
When we met up with my parents, they were a little surprised I had brought my own food but didn’t seem bothered by it. I went out to eat with everyone but instead of eating I was on kid duty making sure everyone was behaving properly and cleaning up inevitable messes. It all seemed to work out just fine. I have become convinced that the most important part of sharing a meal together (an important bonding experience) really has nothing to do with the food and everything to do with the conversation. I had my meals back in the hotel room afterward.
I also had a snack of apples with peanut butter, my other addiction on this diet.
I carried my lentil salad with me and ate that and the apples and peanut butter for lunch.
The next day was a fasting day and I was very hungry. I so wanted to eat anything, even the beet greens soup. However, I kept myself busy and by the time dinner time rolled around I wasn’t that hungry any more but ate anyway.