June 5, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Travel Edition


airplane food image

On Friday I headed up to Seattle for the Bloggy Boot Camp conference hosted by the SITSGirls. I was staying with my friend Carol who made sure I had snacks and a delicious Shabbat dinner. I also enjoyed a nice walk on what was the first sunny days in months. I joked that I brought the sun from Phoenix!

Fortunately, Carol had plenty of healthy snacks and fruit for me and her kids to enjoy while she was making dinner. And dinner was a family favorite, though an untraditional Shabbat Sukiyaki. And I enjoyed two helpings it was so good!

Then came the conference and the delicious, though cheesy and pasta-y vegetarian lunch. With dessert. After the conference I spent the evening chatting with friends. We headed to the waterfront for a relaxing meal with a view.

Mindfulness. I kept trying to focus on what I was eating. Traveling often creates problems. When to eat, what is available, how much time. It’s hard to eat well on the road. I try. I really do.

So much so that I travel with a bag of blueberries. Before I left home I dumped to packages of fresh blueberries into a ziptop bag. They’re to keep me from grabbing a candy bar or donut. And help ensure that I get at least one serving of fruits, if nothing else!

One other issue I have while traveling is making sure I have enough water. I don’t like paying an arm and a leg for water at the airport so I often just have a few drinks from a fountain. On the plane I’ll have a cup of water, but when I say cup I really am referring to 8oz. Just a teeny tiny amount of my daily intake.

Traveling can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a stressful eating time. Sometimes I don’t know what to do and I get so frustrated. But I try to stay mindful of what I’m eating so I don’t mess up.

Do you do anything special when you travel to make sure your eating doesn’t get out of control?



Honey June 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hi Sara,

I hope you had a wonderful time.

As far as the food goes, I think you need to do the best you can to make good choices. I think water is a really big thing to keep on top of too.

It sounds like you did a really good job.


Katrina - @craftsbykatie June 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

When I travel, I take an empty water bottle with me. Then, once I’m through airport security, I find a water fountain or a sink and I fill it up. That way, I always have at least 22oz of water with me and I’m not paying an arm, leg and first born for water. I love your blueberry idea!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life June 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I take dried fruit and nuts when I travel, as well as whole fruit like apples and bananas. Since they don’t need refrigeration, they’re easier to carry instead of something like carrots and celery.

Traveling is definitely a challenge when trying to be mindful of what you’re eating. I think if we can follow the 80/20 rule, we’re on the right track!

Owen's Mom June 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Sounds like you made some delicious choices this week, even while traveling. Sukiyaki is a favorite of mine, only second to Shabu-Shabu. Yum!

Your pic made me hungry. I don’t think airplane food in my experience has ever looked that good.

Grace June 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Travelling can be hard when you are trying to eat healthy. Thank you for the great ideas.

Brianna Revard June 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

When do we get to hear more about Bloggy Boot Camp? I really wanted to go, but it was already sold out.

Laura June 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Eating healthy can really be a challenge while traveling, especially if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. Taking some fruit or healthy snacks along is a great idea. I also try to locate some veggie-friendly restaurants in the area that I’m traveling to prior to arriving, that helps a lot too. Hope you enjoyed the conference!

donaLd June 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

True we should prepare ourselves in a traveling, because in addition to the trip itself is fun, sometimes we find the unexpected…
There are always surprises that happen!
Interesting note’s!

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