This month we have been following the October Unprocessed Challenged from Eating Rules.com, and it has been truly a challenge. Not because I am not familiar with eating clean, I am. I eat clean as a rule. It was because I was traveling a lot this month. As a matter of fact, I have been out of town 13 out of the last 22 days. Thankfully, I also know how to make good choices while traveling – check out my Tips for Road Trips. Alas, however, there are always unplanned, unknown challenges waiting to test the skills, and I found myself ill prepared for one or two.
For instance, I helped a friend do a trade show in Florida. I have never worked a big show like this one; The Southern Living Women’s Show in Orlando. But I thought to myself, “the hotel room has a microwave and a refrigerator, I can keep healthy food available”. Um….yes and no.
It was easy to stock for breakfast: oatmeal and yogurt – simple and easy. Snacks – nuts and apple slices. Lunch, I could probably find a salad in the concession area of the show right? Wrong. It was a southern ladies show but they were selling barbeque plates, pizza slices and grilled Panini sandwiches – for $10 bucks a plate. Really? The healthiest (a thin line) thing I could find was a turkey and Swiss on whole wheat sandwich. Ugh.
One of the perils of traveling at times is that you have no control of the itinerary. The show started at n 9:00am and ended at 7:00pm daily, with work to do in the evenings to prepare for the next day. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can. Lunch ended up being peanut butter on whole grain bread with fruit, inhaled quickly because you never knew when you would get hit with a crowd all at once. Grilled chicken salads became the staple for dinner.
Now for the compromises of traveling:
I supplemented my protein intake with protein shakes made from whey protein powder – compromise number one. Breakfast was quick and the oatmeal plan didn’t happen a couple of mornings – replaced by a banana – compromise number two. I didn’t drink enough water – compromise number three. And I missed a few snacks – compromise number four.
The point of the story? (Yes there is one.) Sometimes life takes you by surprise, or your plans to go exactly as you hoped and you just have to do the best you can. So if you have fallen off the October Unprocessed Challenge a couple of times this month, don’t beat yourself up for it. Remember all the right choices that you made and keep on pushing forward.
Eating healthy and making better choices for yourself is a lifestyle – not a one month challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to help you jump start your journey or get yourself back on track if you had derailed.
I’m at home this week and in control of my own world and routine again. It was fun and I truly enjoyed spending the week with my friend, but it is nice to be home again.
What have been your challenges with the October Unprocessed Challenge?