So how did I go food wise?? I seriously was not prepared for this trip at all!! Here I was thinking I was all suave with my little emergency food kit… pfft so clueless. What I didn't count on was the fact we were always on the run. The fact that travelling in the car constantly, would mean we were going to have to stop for servo food or small country town cafes. I basically lived on burgers without sauce, hot chips, hot chips and more hot chips. When we finally went out for dinner, I would get the steak with veges and they always came with hot chips….
So lets recap on what I ate because I came home 1.5kg heavier, so bloated, feeling ill and gross!! I ate no sugar laden products, I ate no fructose, but I'm sure I consumed my weight in oil!!
This was the day we left. We didn't leave till 2pm, so I had a huge sanga to make sure I was full for the trip and two cacao balls (almond meal, coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of malt syrup and cacao powder). During the trip to our first motel, I snacked on rice crackers and I think I ate nearly the whole pack of them to be honest. When we got into town it was 8:40pm. We decided to stop at KFC (it was either that or Maccas) and I got a large chips. I also ate a couple of the kids nuggets.
For breakfast I had a slice of bread with peanut butter and a bottle of water. We went off exploring that day and I ate the rest of my cacao balls that I had packed. For lunch we stopped at a little cafe. I had a steak sandwich with no sauce and shared a plate of chips with the kids. For dinner that night we arrived at our families house and dinner was AMAZING!! My favourite meal of the trip! It was broccoli, chicken, rice, in a sour cream/cream sauce. It tasted delicious and was so filling. It was also bloody freezing cold that night, so it really hit the spot.
For breakfast I had 3 huge mother of all strawberries from the towns local markets. They tasted so so so sweet! For lunch we were travelling again to our next stop and I seriously have no idea what the hell I ate… probably hot chips. For dinner that night we went out to the local RSL and I ordered a steak with steamed veges. My body was craving something that was not oily. I got home and whipped out the emergency kit and made up some more cacao balls. This was actually a mission as there was no microwave in our room or stove. So I had to melt the coconut oil by putting it in a mug and then sitting it in the bathroom sink with the plug in and pouring boiling hot kettle water around it to melt it.
This was our theme park day and I didn't have time to stop for breakfast. The kids all had fruit and we were off. I was seriously so over oily food but options were very limited at the theme park and everything seemed really really expensive. We wanted to watch a show at the same time we were ready for lunch, so we got a large chips to share whilst we watched it (can you see a pattern of deep fried goodness here… vomit). After the show the husband got a salad with steamed chicken. I swear the guy serving him laughed (pretty sure no one orders the salad there…) I thought the dressing was already on it, so I just decided to skip lunch as the chips had done their job and filled me up. For dinner that night the husband got a fruit smoothie and had emergency peanut butter sandwiches. I was starving, so I decided to get Grilld!! We don't have Grilld where I live and I often make sure I get it when we travel. I asked for no sauce and got sweet potato chips. I also ate the left over cacao balls from the night before. It was amazzzzing!!
The husband forced me to let him choose the breakfast, because he was really concerned with the amount of "shit food" I was eating. He didn't understand how I was bypassing fruit smoothies for hot chips because I was worried about the amount of fructose in them… (My husband is following a plant based diet for the record). I was seriously agreeing with him. I have read Toxic Oil by David Gillespie and I know that I was jumping from one poison to the other but I couldn't see any options. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I would scan the menu but everything I wanted came with an array of fructose and if I removed it, I wasn't left with much to eat. I just felt hot chips were the safest option.
My husband did pick a winner for breakfast. He had found this place when he went for his morning beach jog (whilst I slept in…) It was a health food cafe!! I ordered a zucchini and corn fritta with bacon, poached egg and avocado, on a bed of spinach and cherry tomatoes. It was actually really filling and I left not feeling like a fat greasy mess. (Two thumbs up for the husband). For lunch that day we got to enjoy the company of my cousins at the park and I found a really nice cafe that made the most delicious burger without any sauces. She even swapped things out for me, that they never usually do when I told her I was trying to eliminate sugars. She asked if it was for a medical reason or a choice… I told her it was my choice and she said she could never give up sugars. My burger also came with chips, but they were thickly cut from potatoes not from a packet and were the best I had tasted on the whole trip (I had eaten a lot of chips, so I knew my sh*t!!)
For dinner that night everyone wanted Pizza but I didn't want to go there with the sauce on the base so I ordered a bacon carbonara. It tasted so oily and creamy. I felt so bloated and gross after eating it. Good times, good times!!
Tuesday I skipped breaky and we were off on our next destination, when we got there I was hungry as hell. We had never been to this town before and were running a little late to catch up with family, so we decided to grab something at the first food stop we saw… Oh hello KFC my dear friend. I just ordered a twister without any sauce and a large chips. This was to be shared with all the family. But still more deep fried goodness. That night we went out to dinner at another RSL and I ordered Steak and Veges again. It was so bloody good!!!!!! It also came with a few chips which were really delicious but I think the seasoning may have had some sugar in it, as it tasted kinda sweet.
Wednesday was our drive home. I ate a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast and a glass of milk. For lunch we stopped at a service station and I ordered a mince burger without sauce and it came with chips… When we finally arrived home that night, I didn't care how shit I looked, how crazy my car hair was or how crushed my clothes looked. I was marching into woolies to grab a hot chicken, a fresh loaf of bread and a mountain of salad ingredients. (Ok I cared a little when I ran into 4 people I knew….) But it was worth it, as dinner was fresh and it tasted amazing.
When I woke up this morning I felt disgusting. I felt bloated and sickly and really unhealthy and funnily enough unfit. I had not exercised this week, I had eaten a bucket of oil, maybe 2kg of potatoes and it showed. I jumped on the scales and yep, I was 1.5kg heavier and my stomach felt and looked bloated. Pretty sure my second chin who had disappeared was also trying to make a comeback….
Being fructose free is so easy at home. Why???? Because I have complete control over everything. I make every meal from scratch! I know what goes into them. I rarely eat takeaway and my oil intake is very very limited. My main source of oil in my diet would be avocado and nuts. Not dirty vat oil!
My diet this week is no ones fault but my own. I should have thought ahead about what sort of things I could order and tried to go outside of my comfort zone, instead of thinking what is safe… burger and chips without sauces. However in saying that, this week was amazing. All of those dirty chips and burgers were enjoyed in the company of people I love and were eaten with big smiles and even bigger amounts of happiness in my heart.
This week was such a huge learning curve for me! I stuck to my guns with only allowing the kids one treat a day and the funny thing is there was only 1 day on the holiday that they even ate anything with sugar and that was a small 50gm ice-cream that came with their kids meal.
There was only 2 moments on the trip, when I wished I wasn't fructose free. The first moment was when I spotted a Max Brenner…. The second moment was on the way home, I was tired and had a headache from a crying baby and walked into the servo to pay for food and just looked at all the chocolates on the shelves and they looked so good and then I spotted a Krispy Kreme station… Dammmnn it!!!
My advice for anyone doing this journey and going on holidays is to plan ahead. I knew where we were staying well ahead of time. Hell I even knew where we would stop for a break to stretch out legs. I should have jumped on google and seen what the town had to offer. The husband tried to lecture me about looking stuff up, but because it came from him, it was annoying… ha!! (this was also on the 2nd last day of our trip)
So today I am sitting down and planning a sort of detox week. I need to go back to the very basics and clean my body of all the shit it has just been fed. In other news I am smashing my Dry July Fructose wise!! No dextrose and keeping to my Malt Syrup guidelines (only had Malt syrup twice). So thats a win.
I honestly think I could go the rest of my life now without consuming a hot chip ever again… like seriously even thinking about them makes me vomit in my mouth a little.
So heres to the week that was!! One of creating memories that will last a lifetime, catching up with those we love and feeling blessed that we can even go on holidays. I also raise my middle finger to anything deep fried.. Fruc you….