Tuesday I had to drive about 8 hours for 3 hours of meetings. One of the hazards of my job haha! Luckily I had a lot of good podcasts to keep me entertained. I listed to NPR Planet Money, NPR How I Built This, PaleOMG Uncensored, Rich Roll, My Favorite Murder, Anna Faris is Unqualified, Ali On The Run, Sarah & Vinnie’s Secret Show, How Was Your Run Today?, and The Runner’s World Show.
Side note – I’ve already finished S-Town. If you aren’t podcast obsessed like I am, S-Town was made by the same people who made Serial. Serial, in my world, was the podcast that was my gateway drug. Once I started listening to Serial, I started listening to a ton of other podcasts. Anyway, I liked S-Town, but did not like the lack of a really conclusive ending. I mean, nothing really happened for it to end. It just kind of ended? I feel like I’m not explaining this well – but if you listened, you’ll get it.
On to the food – I had a FULL day on the road and did not prep anything to take with me. Because I live dangerously sometimes. As you read on, you will see what a complete crock of s**t that is. I did bring a ton of water and some bars.
Breakfast was at home, I had the usual oats with 1/2 serving of protein powder, banana, blueberries, and nut butter on top. If I’m out for breakfast, I love Starbucks turkey bacon breakfast sandwich.
It took me 3 and a half hours to drive to my destination, and I didn’t need any snacks during that time. I did have a peanut butter RX Bar before going into the first meeting because I could feel my blood sugar getting low and my stomach growling. I can’t be sharp in a meeting if I’m hungry.
For lunch I found a Whole Foods and got a dragon roll. Whole Foods or Chipotle are my favorites lately when I’m on the road. I like knowing what to expect and that I can get something that I’ll like.
I had two more meetings and then it was time to start driving home. I had two of these mini LaraBars, which is the same as eating one normal sized bar. But I like having two flavors and having two things to unwrap. Obviously both flavors are peanut butter based. What? Are you new here?
I stopped by a different location, but same chain – Whole Foods! – for dinner on my way into town. I just needed something good and nourishing and fast. Veggies, lemon roasted chicken and cumin spiced potatoes.
So – is Whole Foods expensive? Yes. To me, it is worth the money. I can get exactly what I want and I still feel good for getting in a solid day of eating. Sushi has white rice – so what? Ok, brown rice is slower to digest, but white rice isn’t going to compromise my goals personally. Macarons aren’t exactly kale and I didn’t check to see if that sparkling water had fake sugar in it. I am adopting much more of an 90/10 or even 80/20 mindset with eating. I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle forever, so it has to be what I can live with and what I am willing to do.
In the past, there was a time when I would have grilled chicken (and eaten it cold) and taken carrots and hummus and yogurt to eat for lunch instead of eating out. And there is nothing wrong with that. But there also is nothing wrong with eating a delicious sushi roll filled with healthy fats and a macaron that makes you mentally healthy. Sometimes, the mental health part is more important than how regimented you are with food.
I remember one time I had bought those super low calorie noodles for lunch – they are 30 calories for an entire bag. If you have ever seriously dieted, you may know what I’m talking about. They always hurt my stomach, but I liked how they would fill me up for practically no calories. Anyway, I was out driving around for work and kept going to different gas stations and trying to microwave them there because they are gross cold. And either the gas station didn’t have a microwave or they didn’t allow anyone to microwave food they didn’t buy there. And it was just exhausting! All for noodles that hurt my stomach, but I was eating because they were so low in calories.
Another example – I’ve lived in Marin for 5 years and I’ve wanted to try this place called Boo Koo since I saw it within about a month of living here. But I felt like I should wait for a “cheat day” or a long run day. Or some special occasion. But you know what? That’s dumb. And I randomly went and got it for lunch this week. And it was delicious and satisfying. It had rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and some kind of sauce. I have no idea how many calories were in it, how much sugar was in the sauce, or it was one serving of noodles. But it wasn’t too much food, and it didn’t feel stuffed and regretful after I ate it. I felt satisfied and happy for trying a new place that I liked.
The point I am taking forever to make here – for every blogger, social media friend, real life friend or coworker who you see and who seemingly doesn’t struggle with food, there are just as many people going through those struggles. The highlight reel on Instagram isn’t always going to show you that, yes I ate out guilt free – but it has taken me 5 years of two steps forward, one step back to get there. And oh yeah, it didn’t harm my fitness or even aesthetic goals. It is ok to take your time to define and redefine what healthy looks like for you. My hope is that the more we talk about these things, the more these issues go away.