Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Road Trip! (+ Update)

This is just a quick update because I've been horribly neglecting the blog this week!

I had a last minute business trip come up last Tuesday, so I had to scramble to get my travel booked and all of my "travel food" cooked and prepped and packed . .oh yeah, and had to pack my suitcase too . . . but food first!

I've been on the road in the great MidWest this week (Illinois, Wisconson, & Michigan). This is the first trip that I've taken since going back to strict Paleo, so I was a little bit anxious about my ability to maintain my clean eating while on the road - fortunately, it really hasn't been too bad!

I prepped and packed a ton of food before leaving (HB Eggs, Chicken Tenders, GF Ground Beef, Carrots, Almonds, Coconut Flakes, Kale, Bok Choy, and other misc stuff). Boy did I get some funny looks from the people in airport security about that cooler! But the let me through with it, so all was good.

I took the advice of the Whole9 crew and used frozen sweet potatoe cubes as my "ice packs", and they worked like a charm. I also took some extra ziplok bags and filled them with Ice from a FF restaurant after passing through the airport security.

I'm staying at a series of Extended Stay America's, and I've got to say that they make Paleo life on the road SO MUCH EASIER!! My company would put me up at a Hilton or Sheraton if I wanted, but I'm much happier in a cheap hotel w/ a full kitchen :)

I hit Whole Foods upon landing in Chicago and picked up some pre-cut veggies, some meats, fish oil, olive oil, and a few spices. With these basic ingredients, I've been living off super easy but insanely delicous skillet meals prepped on the stove top in my hotel room.

I also found a local CF Box (CF Arlington Heights) that is graciously allowing me to do my Olympic Lifting on a platform during their class times - and I even joined them for a WOD earlier in the week - I love the CF community! The Owners, Josh & Jimmy, as well as all of the members welcomed me w/ open arms and it's been great to spend my evenings with like-minded people getting my sweat on instead of sitting in a hotel room! I'm very happy to say that I haven't missed a single day of my Oly Lifting Programming while on the road - - it all comes down to planning and preparation - without it, I've learned that I'm screwed - but with proper planning traveling really isn't so bad!

I'm leaving for Michigan in just a few, and am going to try to get in w/ a CF box in Grand Rapids while I'm in the area - staying at a Double Tree up there, so I prepped several skillet meals last night to bring along - that and Salads, plus my Sweet Potatoes/Turkey for Post-WO and I'm good to go!

I also want to leave a quick note thanking Melissa and Dallas for the great write-up on their blog - I hope that everyone that stops by my blog for a visit finds something useful :) I love to share all the tips and tricks that I have for Paleo living and fitting in workouts when "life" interupts, but I'd also love to hear any tips or tricks that readers may have too!

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering - YES, I have stayed 100% Whole30 compliant since July 29th when I started the program - even through the travel, airports, business lunch meetings, and hotels :)
Okay, off to hit the 5 hour road trip to MI - wish me luck!

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