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…
- 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
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
- 2 soft boiled eggs
- Shaved almonds, coconut, sesame seeds
Sunday Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Salad
- Tomato garlic chicken
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?