Greetings from Long Beach, CA!
Normally when I’m flying somewhere, I pre-prepare a whole bunch of meals and snacks for the plane, since I usually can’t eat a single thing there. But this time, I spent the whole morning and night before moving out of my apartment and into a new Brooklyn apartment that I didn’t have a second to spare. So I had to use my creative skills to work to find a way to fuel myself on this flight. Fortunately, JFK is a pretty resourceful airport, so here’s what I was able to find.
JAMU Pineapple Juice
While a green juice would have been preferred, this juice was a pretty good option under the circumstances. During flights a lot of us tend to have indigestion, so I wanted to make sure I had something that would be able to prevent it. Pineapple is perfect for this reason because it has a great deal of enzymes that help in breaking down foods and curbing bloating. The juice also had curcumin and ginger, which also help with indigestion. In addition, this juice was extremely hydrating, which is important since flights can also contribute to dehydration!
A Huge Bottle of Water—very important because we all know that those little cups are definitely NOT sufficient.
A Desperate Salad Turned Delicious
Desperate times called for desperate measures. Here’s how I can usually find a meal almost anywhere.
- Get a plain packaged salad. I was lucky to find kale, but any type of lettuce will do.
- Throw out the dressing (if there is any) I can guarantee you it’s soy, sugar-filled, garbage.
- Find an avocado. I looked around the food court to see which restaurants had avocado-containing dishes. Then I went to the manager, put on my sweetest smile, and asked for an avocado. And I got one. In addition to a few laughs. 😉
- Bring a plastic fork and knife onto the flight (they likely won’t give you one unless you purchase food) and mash the whole avocado into your salad to make a dressing. VOILA!
Brad’s Kale Chips
I was very luck to find these in the airport! These chips are dehydrated and sprinkled with raw nuts and spices to make a delicious and satisfying snack that beats the Lay’s and Planters snacks that are on the plane.
I hope this goes to show that eating a healthful, vegan diet can be done under ANY circumstance and even with little planning!
I know you’re all headed out to some barbecues this weekend. Enjoy them! There is no reason why you can’t have a good time, enjoy some good food, and stay slim. Here’s how to do it.
Bring a Dish
You never know what there’s going to be at the barbecue, so it can’t hurt to make sure you’re prepared. Try impressing your friends by bringing in a guiltless Caesar salad for everyone to share. It will serve as a great conversation piece and will keep you from wolfing down a greasy potato salad.
For every drink of alcohol that you have, make sure that you also have a glass of water. And make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day—it will help you eliminate any pieces of junk you might be eating!
Start Off With a Salad
If you’re going to be eating a burger or hot dog, make sure you eat a green salad first. That way, your body will get some natural digestive enzymes and you will be better able to portion control how much meat you eat.
I know when I go to a barbecue my natural tendency is to start off with a small plate and slowly refill it. This is a way to sneakily pack on the pounds and the calories! Instead, fill up your plate at the beginning and eat slowly, taking breaks to catch up with friends, help at the grill, and enjoy good company.
Hope this helps you at your next barbecue. ENJOY!
I am also super excited to take some time this summer to try out some new restaurants. I love meeting up with friends and family and talking over long meals. It gives me a chance to thoroughly enjoy the company of the people I love and the deliciousness of new food.
I know what you’re thinking. “But what can you eat when you go out?”
It took me a while to learn this, but even a vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, minimal soy and sugar eater like myself can find something to eat at most restaurants with enough preparation. Just tonight I went out to a pizza place (Adrienne’s Pizza Place on Stone Street) and was able to find a delicious vegan and gluten-free meal!
I’ll get into what to do at specific restaurants in later blog posts (Italian, Mexican, etc.) but just to wet your palate for now, here are some of the things I make sure to do when going out to eat:
Check the Menu Online
Like I said, there’s always something available for everyone—the trouble is being creative enough to find it. Sometimes finding the right thing to eat requires combining sides or anticipating taking out an ingredient. You have to get a little creative, which can be difficult to do on the spot or while you are in the middle of conversation. So it’s smart to look up the menu ahead of time so you can get an idea of what you can eat once you get to the restaurant.
Yes, you will become that person. You will ask to leave things out, to put dressings on the side, to order chicken salads without the chicken. Do it with grace. I usually start out by saying, “I know I’m about to be really annoying—I’m so sorry!” From my experience, if you immediately put yourself down, others are less inclined to be annoyed with you. But if I get a vibe that the place does not take such requests too seriously, I may even say I have an allergy…gotta do what you gotta do for your health!
Don’t Drink Too Much Water
It is important to drink a ton of water—but not during mealtime. It turns out that drinking too much water dilutes the enzymes in your body that help with digestion, which can lead to that tired and bloated feeling. So stick with a sip here or there and save your larger portions of water for an hour before or after eating.
Enzymes, Enzymes, Enzymes
When you’re eating out, it’s likely you’ll be eating foods that you’re not used to. So you probably will want some extra help in digesting it all. A good multi-enzyme supplement will give your body more of the enzymes that it naturally makes for the purposes of digestion. Take one or two digestive enzymes about twenty minutes before eating a big meal. I personally take Udo’s brand.
Eat slowly, enjoy your food, and engage in conversation with your friends. That’s why you’re there! And you can indulge…a little. If the place specializes in their crème brulee and your friend offers you a bite, it won’t kill you to take it—as long as the rest of your meal is healthful and it’s just one bite!
Happy eating! And stay tuned for my next entry, where I’ll talk about Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban for jumbo sized sugary drinks!