I just got home to San Diego after a long road trip from Kansas City. The days were long and extremely boring, so what better to do than eat, right? With limited options, I was “forced” to eat Cracker Barrel, Wendy’s, frosted cherry Pop Tarts, a gourmet burger joint, oh, and an apple. And that was just the first day!
The next morning, I wake up to a free all you can eat hot breakfast the hotel offered, with scrumptious cinnamon rolls to top it all off. Later that day, we stop in Vegas for one of the best buffets in town. I’ve been to that buffet before, but holy butt crack, every time I walk into that restaurant, I am in pig heaven.
One would think I would be all fooded out after a) the holidays, and b) my food, er, I mean, road trip, but not a chance. So how did I manage to achieve munching my way through 1,500 miles without totally overeating and gaining any weight? Read on to find out!
Road trips and food just seem to go together, so I knew there would be many opportunities to eat crap loads of food when we were on the road.
So to prevent myself from feeling like a bloated beastling, I eat half of most of the food items I order throughout the day. For instance, at Cracker Barrel, I downed all of my egg whites because they have minimal calories, but only ate half of my biscuit and hash brown casserole.
I don’t know about you, but the only thing I love more than food is FREE food! (Actually anything free gets me all excited. It could be a free box of catheters and I’d be stoked.)
When I’m faced with free food for the taking, the broke dancer in me from back in the day comes out and I want to stock up on yogurts, muffins, peanut butter packets, you name it (you think I’m joking).
I refrain for the most part these days, but the point I’m trying to make is you don’t have to eat it all right then and there because it’s free! The hotel doesn’t give two poops if you eat it there or two hundred miles west, and if they do, they’ll have a sign (in that case, you will need to put the food in your purse while nobody’s looking!).
Decide which foods will not travel well and eat those there at the hotel. Don’t forget to use the “go halfsies” method I just talked about. Now, take a banana, yogurt, a bagel, or all three for the road and have it as a snackipoo later on in the day.
That way, you won’t stuff yourself silly first thing in the morning by trying to shovel all the freebies in at once.
WORKIN’ ON YOUR FITNESS
When you’re cruising the open road, you know sitting on your butt for the majority of the day is a requirement. Instead of feeling like a slug for the entire day, take advantage of the fitness facility at the hotel, and make time in the morning for a cardio session. You will have more energy afterwards and you’ll just feel good that you fit in some exercise.
MAKE PREPAREDNESS A PRIORITY
Something that is pretty standard, but worth mentioning, is to pack your own meals and/or snacks with healthy foods such as carrots with hummus, Greek yogurt, turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread, etc.
It’ll save you a bunch of calories, not to mention money, since the dough adds up pretty quick when you buy every meal out.
This is something my husband and I should’ve thought more about before embarking on our trip. Needless to say, it takes a little bit of planning ahead of time, but it’s easily doable.
Simply plan out your meals, write a list and hit up the grocery store! Pack a cooler with the goods the morning of and, boom, you’re good to go.
One piece of advice would be to keep the cooler in your trunk. Then, if and when you’re bored, you won’t be able to mindlessly nosh on the snacks and end up overeating when you aren’t the slightest bit hungry.