So yesterday I took a 12 hour roadtrip down the coast. I’m happy to say that I survived- not only intact but healthy and happy! I was able to jump in the ocean at the end, which here in South Carolina is 75 degrees. That made it all worth it.
Given what fast food and mass, commercial food companies consider “food” and stock at gas station rest stops, there was no way ever I was about to take any chances. The night before I made a huge salad to eat with arugula, buckwheat micro greens, sunflower sprouts, radishes, dulse…
And also to take with me in Tupperware to eat as an early lunch! I knew that it wouldn’t be good all day long sitting in the car, but since we left around 6 am and I had some ice, it was still okay to eat around noon. The trick? I did not put any oil on the salad so it would not get soggy. I used lots of freshly chopped herbs and spices, and at a rest stop I cut open an avocado I brought along and mashed it into the Tupperware, and ate the salad just like that!
When we stopped for gas, I did happen to take a peek at the local gas station fare. Could not help myself!!! I didn’t know whether to laugh, shriek, gag, or do all 3 at once! Amongst the turkey and chicken Lunchables, Supersized slushies and Cokes and bags of mini powdered doughnuts I found a counter of processed delicacies that words can almost not describe. Check it out below! It was a slow turntable cornucopia of corndog, chicken, cheese and ham, and other grilled “delights”. Zits, a congested liver, cellulite and a big belly for only $2.22!!! Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!
I did indeed laugh (in disbelief really) and shriek. I didn’t cry, but i did leave with a saddened feeling at once again seeing what is commonly pushed as “food” to so many hungry people that travel across the highways.
It DID make me really appreciate the organic blueberries I had packed…
And as I wearily nodded on and off to sleep with my hypoallergenic pillow…. I had a dream that healthy food would one day be as readily available for all at these rest stops rather than all the inedible crap that really isn’t fit for human consumption!!
So I guess the obvious moral of the story is to always be prepared! We can all plan a bit ahead and be sure to grab fruit, avocados, even gluten-free crackers or organic, baked chipped as road trip snacks. Because remember what the alternatives are!!!
You want to feel good and full of energy when you land at your destination… rather than fat and bloated! Just because you are on a road trip and you can’t find good food on the road per se isn’t an excuse to eat crappy food… again, plan ahead and always pack a post workout snack!