Thursday, June 18, 2009
Traveling Outside Your Comfort Zone
I sent a client off today with well wishes and an admonition to stay away from the midnight buffet. She's headed to Bermuda for a cruise with her family: fun for her, scary for her diet. "Don't worry about it," I told her. "Just watch your portions, let everyone taste your food at meals so there will be less for you, and enjoy. And get some workouts in!" I decided not to tell her that the one time I went on a cruise, I gained 7 pounds. Probably not good for her morale...
A lot of my clients will gain a pound or two on vacation. Not a big deal and it will come off easily once they're back in their normal routine. A few will gain more. Everyone will feel discomfort at being outside of their comfort zone and unable to be in complete control of their eating. Some people handle this better than others.
I am not one of those people.
Having struggled with bingeing for years, I know that having a set routine and being able to plan my meals and snacks are important for me. I've learned that if I go more than 4 hours without a snack or meal, I'm more likely to overeat. I know that when I'm feeling out of control, I tend to focus on food. And I know that my options when I travel are more limited since deciding to follow a gluten-free plan.
My first gluten-free traveling experience was much harder than I expected it to be. Knowing that, I decided that I was going to plan a little bit more for my trip this weekend. I'm headed to my boyfriend's little brother's wedding in Ohio. I love weddings and I can't wait to get on the plane tomorrow (okay, maybe I can...planes make my stomach queasy), but this time I decided I wasn't going to wing it and assume I could find gluten-free snacks on the go. That didn't exactly pan out last time, and I want to be prepared this weekend. I don't want any food stress to get in the way of having a great time and sharing in this special day with the bride and groom. So I headed to my favorite gluten-free paradise...what else but Trader Joe's. They make it easy by clearly marking what's gluten free. And they're cheap. You can't say that about most gluten-free food.
I came home with more gluten-free bars than I can eat in a weekend (okay if I'm being honest, I could probably eat them all in a day, but I wouldn't do that). I would much rather be overprepared and relaxed than underprepared and anxious. Now I know that no matter what the situation (and what the food options are), I'll have a gluten-free snack in my purse ready to grab if need be.
Plus some random but tasty snacks.
And breakfast for the hotel since I doubt they'll have gluten-free cereal on hand.
Sometimes I think I'm too regimented. But then I remember what happens when I try to wing it. I get out of control, and revert to old unhealthy ways. And frankly, I'm tired of the old ways. Seven pounds in one week!? Not anymore! It's time to try something new.