The main thing I try to do is concentrate on what I CAN HAVE instead of things I CAN'T HAVE. Otherwise, I'd go nuts. My favorite thing is when someone says "Well you can't have that on your diet!" because 70% of the time I actually can. The photo is from our picnic lunch at the V. Sattui winery. Lots of cheese, sausage, red wine and a little Scharffen Berger dark chocolate. There was a baguette that everyone else shared, and I had a bite of it. It was good and really fresh, but I was happy I could take a bite and move on. I absolutely love that we can have a glass of wine with this diet! Most diets, you can't.
People seem to indulge in dessert much more on vacation. So even if you survive the meal and cocktails, you still have to make it through dessert! Life is so cruel. Yes, the cones smell really good at Ben & Jerry's. But it was enough to watch my boys thoroughly enough theirs. I did not partake. At Starbucks I had an iced Venti Green Tea with a packet of Sun Crystals (which I carry in my purse) while the kids had a giant cookie. My Mom said once "You are really being good", but skinny really does feel better than that cookie could possibly taste. And by skinny, I mean not fat. Because I am not skinny, I'm just normal.
I usually pack a box of Uncle Sam's cereal when I'm out of town and have it for breakfast. But this time I ate out with the group. Breakfast is a great meal to eat out on a low sugar/low carb diet. Omelets, scrambles, eggs benedict are all good choices. I go for the Huevos Ranchero though. And coffee, lots of coffee. Dinners I had a big Cobb Salad or Grilled Fish (and replace starchy carbs with green veggies or a salad). I usually pack an 85% Dark Chocolate bar too and break off a few pieces in the evening.
Instead of doing a food tour of Napa, we really enjoyed each other's company. It was so nice to spend time with my Mom who lives far away and it had been a year since the last visit. She has lost abuot 40 lbs herself! We did some clothing shopping together and she took home tons of stuff from my closet that doesn't fit me anymore. I bought a pair on white slacks and splurged on this top from Anthropologie. I am in love with that store! If I won the lottery I would just buy all my clothes there exclusively. Shopping is a little dangerous after losing nearly 50 lbs, it turns out.
How do you handle eating on a vacation when you are on a diet? Stay 100% true, limited splurges or just throw the diet out the window? I'd love to know...