I’ve been travelling off and on for the last several weeks. One of the biggest saboteurs to my low-carb eating is not being at home, and to be honest it’s because my resolve go on vacation and I lure myself into eating things I shouldn’t. You know these excuses, “I’ll never be here again!” or, “Honestly, will this artisan pizza really hurt me?”, or even worse, “The pain will be worth it!”
On my latest quick trip to Seattle, my husband and I visited old haunts we used to frequent when we lived here. Thankfully, we skipped Top Pot doughnuts, which was just a couple of block away from where we lived, knowing that the intoxicating smell of yeast and sugar would be too much to pass up. Also, I know what sugar does to me! So instead, we decided to murder our intestines with Neapolitan pizza.
We were so excited to drive out to the pizza place because of the incredible yummy toppings and sauce, but also because we were being bad. Oh so bad. As in, “Shhh, I won’t be blogging about this!” bad.
Well, we went, we ordered, we ate, and then something terrible (but good) happened. We realized it wasn’t worth it. An hour after eating, I was feeling a little light-headed and the bloating was just starting. The taste wasn’t as savory as we remembered, the service was just above mediocre, and it was all darkened by the intestinal pain we knew was forthcoming. And did it ever come.
My husband exclaimed very frustratingly, “Is there nothing we can eat anymore!” Well, this no-wheat lifestyle is limited if you spend your life travelling or not eating at home. And our foray into dinner to find something to soothe our tummies and nourish (not kill) us yielded this:
The above is an wedge salad delightfully sprinkled with blue cheese, blue cheese dressing made in house (so no gluten startches), tomatoes wedges, and bacon! Wheat-free, low-carb and completely delicious. Yes, darling, there are things to eat.
And then we went to the grocery store and picked up lots of low carb treats, including these very ripe, organic strawberries that the Seattle Whole Foods is stocking. Strawberries and full-fat Greek yogurt is modestly low-carb, and it makes a delicious dessert and breakfast. The picture you’re looking at is my husband’s and my breakfast this morning. Those muffins are egg and sausage muffins I brought from home in case of a food emergency.
Marcona almonds from the bulk foods section - better than French Fries!
It’s Monday morning, and I’m still feeling the digestive effects of getting rid of Saturday afternoon’s pizza orgy. I’m ready to go home and have some bacon.
How do you stay low-carb and wheat-free while travelling? Isn’t it awful how wheat is in just about everything when you dine out!