Apparently I am singlehandedly killing the rainforests of the world, and making baby seals cry, simply by eating (low carb) at McDonald’s once this week.
Wait, twice. I think.
I’m writing to you from the car, by the way. We’re currently heading south on our annual 8-hour Low Carb Road Trip to the Okaloosa Island beach…
I love the challenge of eating low carb on the go – road trips, airports, random restaurants, catered events, etc. 🙂 Of course, you can’t always eat “super clean” so my motto is this:
Make the best possible (healthy) choices in any given situation.
Let’s talk about some of those situations…
Here’s a good example for you: We made a detour on our road trip to visit family – Ricky’s family. While we were in his hometown (Muscle Shoals, Alabama) he wanted to eat at Jack’s for breakfast.
Jack’s is a fast food joint, by the way – like Wendy’s or Burger King or McDonald’s – but apparently it’s really good. And there isn’t one anywhere near where we live.
Like a good little keto girlfriend (lol) I didn’t protest. He did ask me if I could eat low carb there (nice guy!!) and I said, “sure, I can find something to eat anywhere!”
This is one of the things I love about eating low carb. 🙂
It was your typical fast food breakfast menu. I made the best of no real good choices – 2 sausage, egg & cheese wraps (without the wraps):
Oddly enough I catch no flack for eating that, or a Low Carb Thickburger from Hardee’s, a Subway salad, or anything else – unless it’s from McDonald’s. 😛 Go figure, lol. The “McBashing” is happening on my Facebook page, by the way. That’s also where I’m sharing updates & low carb food pictures from my road trip this weekend if you want to follow along.
“That’s not clean eating.”
This was a comment about me getting a fried egg and sausage patty for breakfast from McDonald’s. It was suggested that I should have a cooler full of organic vegetables and such on my road trip instead.
First, I’m traveling with a slender carb eating man. But even I can’t eat vegan/organic for four straight days. This woman needs some hot meals! 😛
It’s not like you can cook grass fed beef and organic vegetables… during the 17 hours of your trip that you’re in a car – not to mention being states away from your kitchen in a beachside hotel room.
That’s not the point of this trip anyway. This is my 4th annual “Low Carb Road Trip” where I share how to enjoy a low carb vacation. Which does not include cooking – for me, at least. lol.
It’s not like I’m eating every meal at a McDonald’s.
Yesterday I had a beautiful low carb lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse:
That meal was SO good!
It was grilled salmon, sautéed mushrooms, and I substituted the other side for fresh avocado slices. I drizzled the butter over the salmon. 🙂 Mmmm…
Anyway, my point is that you can’t *always* “eat clean”. Life happens – whether it’s your friend wanting to eat out at a certain place, a family cookout, a catered meal at work, etc. Sometimes you just have to eat low carb, and make the healthiest choices you can – in any given situation.
Obviously you DO want to make the best choices possible…
Fortunately we had a refrigerator in our hotel room last night, so I saved the Caesar Salad (no croutons) that came with my take-out dinner last night – which was ribs with no sauce. It made for a nice lunch today when we got back on the road – especially when I added some of my own pecan halves to it:
Sure I could pack a cooler full of berries and nuts and cheeses and such, which is exactly what I do when we spend weekends on the lake. And I *did* pack a few things (like the pecans)… but telling me I should eat all organic all the time is like telling me I should be Presbyterian or something.
You’re fooling yourself if you think anything grown on this planet is totally “clean”. Or that only people who don’t eat organic get sick – or ultimately die.
I hung up my perfectionist hat a LONG time ago. I just aim to do the best I can – wherever I am. I think I’d go nuts (I love nuts!!) if I had to worry about the source or history of every single product I used or food I ate.
Still, I find it interesting how much heat I take for eating sausage & eggs or grilled chicken strips from McDonald’s… but food from any other drive-thru doesn’t bring out the critics. Weird.
As for me…
I do love their fresh coffee and clean restrooms when I’m on long road trips.
p.s. I wrote this in an app on my mobile on the road, so I hope the pictures and such came out okay. We’re currently 35 miles from the sandy beach… so I’ll talk to you soon. Follow along on Facebook for fun updates! *cheers*