In my last post about staying healthy on vacation, I mentioned that Ricky and I just returned from a “Low Carb Road Trip” together.
We went to Okaloosa Island on the Emerald Coast in Destin, Florida and we had an absolute blast! 😀
It was an 8 hour road trip from Middle TN, so we ate on the road and otherwise ate at the hotel cafe & beach restaurants throughout the trip. Like I mentioned in my last post about how to stick to a diet, several people made comments like “hey, you’re on vacation, eat whatever you want!” I don’t think that way. In fact, I’d rather eat healthy on vacation than any other time! I want to feel my absolute best and ENJOY the trip. 😉
I actually find it easier to eat low carb when I’m traveling. I’m not much of a cook (by preference), and I live in a very small town where take-out and restaurant options are extremely limited. When I travel there are TONS of delicious low carb options to explore, which I love!! I’ll share a “photo tour” with you of my meals throughout the trip, to show you how easy it is to enjoy beautiful foods while you’re out & about – and still stick to your low carb diet.
This is a current full-length photo of me. My shorts are a size 12, but they’re quite loose so I just ordered a new pair at size 10. I’ve gained weight since my hysterectomy last year, and lose slower now than I did before, but I’m on a mission to get in great shape (I have a way to go on that! lol) and be at my absolute best in my 40’s.
In addition to weight loss (and not wanting to GAIN), one of the main reasons I eat low carb is because it makes me feel SO much better. When I don’t (and yes, sometimes that happens!) I feel bloated, my joints ache, my ankles swell, and I have more back & muscle pain. My doctor wants to say “fibromyalgia” but I’m pretty sure it’s just inflammatory arthritis. Either way, eating low carb totally fixes all that – so it’s an easy fix!
Low Carb Road Trip – Food Journal Photo Tour
We headed out early Friday morning (before 5am!) to beat the traffic in the major cities we would be driving through. I boiled eggs the day before, so I brought those and some pecan halves – plus my coffee, of course! – and we snacked on those in the early hours. Pecans are a GREAT source of healthy fats, by the way. 😉 They’re one of my favorite low carb snacks, or sometimes I’ll have 1/2 cup of pecan halves for breakfast even.
Our first “pit stop” was a McDonald’s and by then I was getting hungry. I ordered a Sausage Egg McMuffin (“double sausage, double egg please”) and ditched the muffin. It’s actually cheaper to order a double than it is to buy two! I only ate one sausage patty and one fried egg, and had the other half later in the trip…
By the time we arrived at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort and got settled in, we were both ready for a solid meal. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed in the afternoon hours, so we had to eat in the lounge. The lunch menu had a few salads (bleh) and mostly sandwiches.
I decided on a bacon cheeseburger and here’s how I ordered it: “I’ll have the burger with cheese, bacon and mushrooms – no bun, and a side of cottage cheese instead of fries.”
The burger and bacon were way overcooked. 😛 I was famished though, so I ate it all – even the pickle. I simply ate it with a fork, and dipped it in mayo & mustard. After that we decided to nap, so we had a really late dinner (around midnight I think). The only places open at that hour were Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Waffle House and Denny’s. We chose Denny’s as the best option to get “real food” with plenty of low carb options.
I scoured the menu and noticed they had avocado and sour cream on some of their dishes, so I ordered “Two fried eggs, bacon, and a side of avocado and sour cream please.” I cleaned that plate too. 😀
I just had coffee and snacked on some pecan halves for breakfast the next morning, as we were going out for a nice lunch at The Crab Shack on Fort Walton Beach. We shared a platter of raw oysters to start:
For lunch I ordered the bronzed mahi-mahi topped with (real) crab meat and bay shrimp (drizzled with lemon butter), with squash & zucchini on the side. It came on rice, but I requested a side salad instead of the rice:
I don’t recall having dinner that night, but to be fair we’d slept in and this was a late lunch – and a big meal. I was busy chatting with friends so I ate slow and the meal dragged on through late afternoon. That (plus the salad too!) really filled me up! We had an evening nap after, and then a nice beach walk for a good mile or so.
The next morning we had a late breakfast at the resort cafe. Given it was late in the morning (rather close to lunch, actually) and I’m wary of scrambled eggs in restaurants, I ordered off the menu. I remembered they had cottage cheese from the day before, so I ordered steak & fried eggs with cottage cheese and strawberries on the side:
I love strawberries and cottage cheese together. 😀 They go together like salmon & avocado!
We had an amazing time and did lots of beach walks and swimming for exercise, and of course ate healthy throughout the trip. It was a lot of fun, with a lot of beautiful foods to enjoy!
I hope this gave you some good ideas for eating out or on the go.
If you scour the menu you’ll usually find things like sour cream, avocado, cottage cheese, berries, mushrooms, etc. I often just order “a la carte” and let them figure out how to ring it up. I don’t bother with making a scene about it, getting all “religious” about my diet, or trying to force a server to come up with something creative for me to eat. I just order with a smile, and enjoy my meal. 😉