It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Friday, June 22, 2012

Diet update

We left on our trip with carrot sticks for the plane ride. We did good day 1! And then day two brought us to Old Town San Diego, homemade tortillas and real butter. 

Butter - REAL butter!!!!

I did eat two of these giant tortillas and every single little plastic container of butter (which was actually melted from the warm tortillas so easily pourable!). Other then this, I ate a fish taco and just a handful of chips with salsa. So far so good...not a healthy choice but not an entire derailment of the diet. 

We had been doing so good about not drinking sugary drinks but then we visited this tiny shop that had retro pops. (Yes, I said pop. I am from Illinois!)  Strangely it also had exotic jerky. An exotic jerky and retro pop store...needless to say Michael was the member of our family most excited about this shop. HE LOVES FAYGO RED POP. Michael is really smiling and looking approachable in this picture.

Faygo Red Pop made with cane sugar!

We cheated here and there but overall stayed on track. (If you count ordering a Double Double from In & Out as staying on track. I did because I didn't order fries or a shake. Hmmm, I guess that I still have some work to do on perspective!)

It was actually pretty easy to eat well in Vegas. Okay, we got there so late and it was so hot that food wasn't even tempting. 

We got to the Grand Canyon (we stayed in the park) and found that finding healthy food was really not a problem. The grocery store was stocked with many more healthy options then we have at home even. One morning we grabbed some fruit and probiotic yogurt drinks to eat on the trails.

Breakfast on the rim of the Grand Canyon

After that it was downhill. No, we didn't hike down hill! We drove away from the Grand Canyon and drove and drove and drove. After a day we gave up on eating healthy in the car, pulled into a target, and bought road trip junk food. 

In typical Laura-fashion, I complimented myself for stopping at Target and not Sam's Warehouse Club to buy junk food! :)

The rest of the trip we ate okay. We certainly ate healthier then we could have. 

Since we have been home we have eaten Cycle 1 at home but have eaten out a few times. I am going to take down our Cycle Menus and food lists today. We are going to have enough going on with Di*na arriving in less then a week!

We plan on starting back on Cycle 1 in 5 weeks when Di*na leaves. But it just seems crazy to try and follow a strict diet when we are going to have a family member with food issues. Actually the whole thing is crazy - Michael and I struggle with eating too much of the wrong kind of foods. Di*na is malnourished and underweight because she doesn't have healthy food let alone enough food. 

I joked about perspective earlier but in all seriousness, our First-World perspective is totally skewed involving food and hunger. 

Taking a break from blogging about dieting. Hopefully not taking a break from making healthy choices. 

No weigh-in amounts because we haven't weighed in! :)

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