The Whole30: Day 17

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Whole30 Day 17 included a relaxing weekend away.  Time with friends and family, a chance to unwind and recenter.  We arrived on Saturday morning and left Sunday afternoon.  This included traveling and planning ahead to make my Whole30 a success.  Prior to attending I knew my host would be offering lunch, dinner, drinks, breakfast, and lunch the following day.  Instead of worrying if there would be anything I could eat, I decided to be proactive and bring my own food.  Yep!  I showed up Saturday morning with my overnight bag, sheets & a towel, and a mini cooler with enough food for 6 potential meals and snacks.

Here is what I packed…

Packing List:

    • 4 Eggs (2 hardboiled, 2 fresh)
    • 2 Marinated (tomato and garlic) chicken breasts
    • 1 Bag of arugula salad mix
    • 3 Granny smith apples
    • 1 Orange
    • 3 Bell peppers
    • 1 Large cucumber
    • 2 Avocados
    • 1 Pkt fresh vine tomatoes
    • 2 Oranges
    • 1 Sweet potato
    • 1 Large broccoli head
    • 2 Chili peppers
    • 2 Limes
    • 1 Pkt of dried fruit (sugar free)
    • 1 Serving of shaved almonds, coconut, and sesame seeds mixed together
    • 1 Serving of garlic Powder
    • 1 Serving of paprika
    • 1 Serving of fresh cilantro

Saturday Morning Snack: 2 hardboiled eggs

Saturday Lunch:  Fresh green salad

    • Arugula
    • Avocado
    • Apple
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumber
    • Lime

Saturday Snack:  1 Orange

Saturday Dinner:  Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato and Veggies

    • Tomato garlic chicken
    • Roasted sweet potato
    • Steamed broccoli, with garlic powder, paprika, salt and fresh red chili peppers

Saturday Party Snacks:  Dried Fruit

Sunday Breakfast:  Energy Bowl

    • Arugula
    • Apple
    • Avocado
    • 2 soft boiled eggs
    • Shaved almonds, coconut, sesame seeds

Sunday Lunch:  Grilled Chicken and Salad

    • Arugula
    • Tomato garlic chicken
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumber
    • Lime
    • Cilantro

Over prepared?  Maybe…  Was I hungry?  Nope!  I even packed my own spices, steamer basket, and extra veggies and snacks just in case.  Where we were staying was a bit far from a grocery store, and everyone else was planning on celebrating the weekend with alcohol so there was no last minute trips to the store!  I had to think of every last thing.  All my items fit nicely in a small cooler bag, and when the other guests enjoyed their normal summer party and BBQ foods, I did not feel left out because I had brought food that tasted great as well as fit in with the occasion.  All in all… I was a great success.

Next time you are invited to travel away with friends, don’t panic!  You can do this!  Make sure to…

  • Ask your host what they are planning on serving so that you can try to match your meals to your host’s party menu.
  • Write out your shopping and packing list so you don’t forget anything!
  • Plan for the worst!  Noting is worse than going hungry because you didn’t pack enough food!
  • Don’t forget the extras… I did not assume that the house we were staying at had a steamer basket and some of my go-to spices, so instead I packed my own.

What about you?  I know some of my clients have packed their own food baskets when they had plans to travel to their parents house or when they went to an amusement park for a day-trip… it can be done folks!  What are you tips?  Any that you would like to share in the comments?

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