I wandered Indiana over the weekend. There was a specific purpose for the trip, but I never knew what I was going to eat, where or when.
Usually that is a bad sign. I get swayed by temptations, especially when I travel. So I will go through my entire weekend eating to show the good and the bad.
Saturday breakfast — 2 cereal bars, milk: A typical travel breakfast for me. Just enough energy to get me out of the house, but not so much that I would feel full. Also, I knew I might have to eat lunch earlier than I normally would. Crossing into another time zone had something to do with this approach.
Saturday lunch — bacon cheeseburger, fries, lemon rice soup: I needed a place that wasn't a chain. I wanted a local place, and I saw billboards for a Greek family-style restaurant. There were some healthy choices on the menu, but after doing a lot of driving, I made my choice. I ordered the Swiss cheese with the burger, not sure why, ate most of the fries, even though they weren't great. The soup was more creamy than I thought, but like the burger was good.
Saturday dinner — I got a little lucky. I was invited to a Cinco de Mayo party. My friend, whose couch I crashed on that night, said she couldn't promise that I would eat well there. She offered to get something before or after the party. My lunch had lasted longer than normal, so I told her we'd see how things were at the party.
Fortunately, the Mexican theme included make your own soft tacos. I took the soft shell and added lettuce, tomato, avocado, salsa, shrimp, and inadvertently gazpacho. The second shell had all of that minus the gazpacho and chicken for shrimp. I did have 3 bottles of Mexican beer, but I had limes with all of them, so I got some fruit.
Sunday breakfast — bowl of toasted oats with dried fruit, whole milk: I rummaged through the pantry of my hostess (it was OK). Found a cereal that was healthy and tasted really good (turned down the Froot Loops). She had whole milk, a treat I grew up with, but now I rarely drank whole milk.
Sunday lunch — 7 oz. steak, 1.5 salads, couple small slices brown bread, lemon tart: Treated my mother to lunch at this steak place. Ordered the rice pilaf but barely had any. Didn't want to carb-load, had a big afternoon coming. The salads had a lot of protein and dressing, but overall a nice meal.
Sunday dinner — Had planned on pizza and salad, but found the place I knew had existed didn't exist. Settled for Long John Silver's. I love LJS, but it's too much sometimes. A momentary lapse of reason to a pretty good weekend.
I felt good about most of what I ate. Some better choices could have been made for Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner, but driving and exhaustion could have been factors.
Plan for emergencies, give yourself some leeway, but also don't push yourself too hard when you are driving.