Reagan Did it!
Clean Eating On the Road:Reagan’s Food Journal
So today is the start of my week long vacation! I am in the car right… 3 hours down, 6 to go until my brother and I arrive at our dads house in Georgia! We will organize and pack all of our scuba gear tomorrow and drive to Florida to get on the scuba boat. On Monday we will be in charge of all of our meals and then Tuesday morning starts the really hard portion of eating clean on vacation. We will be staying on the scuba boat Monday evening through Friday afternoon with all of our meals prepared and served on the boat. There is no refrigerator but I do have access to a microwave and a huge chest full of ice (to keep the fish and lobster we catch cold). I basically have zero control over what I eat unless I bring it with me.With that being said, I went to target and bought a cooler, and borrowed a cooler from Steph to pack food. Next, I went to Martin’s and the local food co-op to stock up and bring a lot of my food with me! Here is my grocery list:
Precooked chicken strips
I spent the night washing all the fruits and veggies, cutting them, and putting them in ziplock baggies. I made my No-Bake Energy Pumpkin Balls and hard boiled about a dozen eggs. Then I made individual portions of oatmeal with ground flax seed and wheat germ in ziplock bags so all I need is a bowl and some hot water! The last thing I had to do was make sure I had enough freezer packs and utensils for eating, along with extra napkins and ziplock bags! My cooler is ready to go and my confidence is building in myself.I am not very worried about eating on the road because I can control what time I eat and I have my cooler easily accessible but I am terrified of the food on the dive boat!! This is my 4th or 5th summer doing this trip and I always step off that boat with a nice layer of belly fat and feeling awful about myself. Dessert is served every night, and there is a giant pretzel barrel full of candy sitting in the main cabin where everyone hangs out just staring me down… Most nights I would look around at the Reese’s, Twix, Snickers and Milky way wrappers surrounding me and regret each time I put my hand in a that damn barrel but the next day sneak a Twix on my way through the cabin. It’s vacation, right? I can eat whatever I want! Ugh. Between all 5 dives each day food is set out for us to eat… Normally, we get a fruit platter after the first dive and and lunch after the second of 3rd dive. The other snacks consist of mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, buffalo wings, bagel bites, fried things that just taste delicious, pudding cups and just a long list of things I just couldn’t stay away from even though I knew they were terrible for me!! Dinners are typically things like spaghetti and meatballs, smothered pork chops, chicken cordon blue, lasagna, and just a lot of things I shouldn’t even think about consuming! The last hard part about the dive boat is that if you aren’t in the water diving, it is hard to get away from the food! Everyone is eating all the time! What I have found is that it is easier for me to resist the food if I can’t see it so I will go sit up at the bow of the boat and read or talk with someone. As long as I can ignore the smells coming from the kitchen, and don’t sit in the cabin near the candy barrel watching whatever movie is on, I should be good! Let the adventure begin…
So I have made it back to Harrisonburg and I am beyond proud of myself! I didn’t cheat once throughout my whole vacation (besides my Starbucks double shot thing to help me stay awake to drive!). After eating really clean while traveling from Harrisonburg, VA to Macon, Georgia and then from Georgia to Fort Meyers, FL I had so much momentum built up that was making me so confident that I could really eat clean on the dive boat! One big challenge I had was keeping my food cold. I would fill up zip-lock bags with ice but that ice would melt within 24 hours and then it leaked all over my food! I did have to throw away some food that had a bunch of water in it, but once I got down to only one cooler of food I double bagged the ice and that kept it from leaking for the most part!
Why Did It Work?
1. Keeping a food log and knowing that I wanted to be successful for all of you who are reading this! (It would have been unfortunate to have a sad ending to my article about eating clean while on vacation.)
2. Waking up each morning and feeling so confident in my bikini!!! I pretty much stayed in it all day long, and I could visibly see and feel the benefits of eating clean!