Yesterday I returned from a much-too-short overnight trip to Big Bear, California. It got me thinking about how far I’ve come with my raw food diet, and how much easier it is to pick up and leave with fairly short notice, compared to a year ago. It also has me thinking about how I’m going to prepare for a 10 day trip to upstate NY in August.
One of the keys to success with eating healthy is to be easy on yourself. Another is knowing yourself. Don’t set yourself up for failure! Nurture your cravings, and don’t fight them. The harder we try to fight them, the more our inner self will rebel.
I am a sucker for snack bars. I also have a weakness for chocolate. I planned ahead and made a batch of raw vegan chocolate energy bars.
If I had planned even further ahead, I could’ve also treated myself to a Righteously Raw Bar. It’s definitely something to consider when traveling, or attending family functions. You can create or buy your own version of a treat, so you don’t feel left out.
I also drink red wine on occasion, so brought along a bottle. It wasn’t necessary, but I packed my espresso maker too! I’m having a bit of a love affair with it at the moment; I’m sure the newness will wear off soon.
I make exceptions with my raw diet. It is not realistic to eat 100% raw. I discovered that when everyone is barbecuing, I can throw on whole ears of corn, with the husk still on.
No soaking necessary! All my life, I’ve never tried this, and it is amazing. I’ll never feel left out at a BBQ again (not to mention all the veggie burger recipes out there that I haven’t even tried yet).
Another staple for me is green smoothies, my favorite being banana, cacao, greens, and stevia. I recently purchased a magic bullet and brought it along. It is perfect for travel! I threw together items in an ice chest: for the smoothie & salad – greens, a banana to freeze when I get there, onion, a huge heirloom tomato from my garden, balsamic dressing, and hemp seeds to sprinkle over the top.
Dinner was easy and delicious!
I like to marinate the onions in the balsamic dressing first.
The kale is massaged with salt to soften.
Next I added an heirloom tomato,
romaine lettuce, and hemp seeds.
Overall, it was such a relaxing trip.
Here I am at Big Bear Lake, eyeing those ski runs. (My sights are set on learning to snowboard this winter)!
This was such a great little cabin.
The sign hanging by the front door gave me a chuckle…
We found this great pine tree walking around the neighborhood.
The boys had a blast with their guns.
Heaven on earth! I can’t wait to go back.
Have a great weekend!