Sometimes people ask me if it hard for me to eat in certain situations out in public…and I always say no! Why? Because I always plan ahead. Interestingly, last weekend I went to TWO classic examples of events that one might think would be difficult to eat at: The baseball game and a concert. I’ll show you how I deal!
Here I am at the Cubs game in the press box, with the wonderful Ron Howard (over my left shoulder in background) , who sang a great rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for the 7th inning stretch.
And here I am at Lalapalooza, which is a huge 3-day music festival with 95,000+ people a day. It went all day into the night, so it did require extra effort to bring food and plan for the long haul.
The options at ball games and concerts are not really options for me (!), so you can be sure I thought it out in advance!
Blast from the past- Green Day! I loved them when I was in middle school. 🙂
Through the movies I’m working on, some of us got all-access passes, which was great because we got free water and beverages all day, and got to hang out in the lounge areas designated for the bands and their crews.
There were free food tents in these areas- with buffet lines full of items like pork chops, baked potatoes, rolls, butter and baked chicken. As you’ve probably guessed- you weren’t going to find me in line at that buffet!!
I had a backpack full of my own goodies, so I didn’t have to starve, and as an added bonus I didn’t have to feel like crap either. 🙂 I certainly didn’t feel deprived- actually I felt extremely grateful that I know what to eat to feel satisfied and great.
First I started off with a bunch of cherries, which are my favorite summer fruit and in full abundance here in Chicago. I also brought a bunch of cherries into the Cubs game. Fruit first!!
I packed a few collard green wraps with a raw mushroom “burger”, which was a pate I made with mushroom, onion, celery and spices I made in my food processor and then put in the dehydrator. I topped it with mustard, sprouts and veggies. Yummy!! Great concert food. At the Cubs’ game I knew we had fridges in the box so I had a ginormous salad instead. And when wanting a salad at home, I always turn to my tabouli salad recipe.
And you know I wouldn’t go without my travel staple- an avocado!! I love it when I cut them in half and they are perfect and not mushy and that gorgeous green color with no splotchy brown pieces. I like having it because it is fatty and creamy and really feels like I’m eating. I just spoon that sucker right out of there!
No need to indulge in the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck that was in the lounge giving out free ice cream~ Just say no thanks to pasteurized and homogenized and clogging and mucus-forming dairy!!!!!!! In ALL forms.
Here’s my old time love 🙂 Chirs Cornell and the rest of Soundgarden walking through the lounge and getting on stage. Still a total rockstar!
More adventures to report soon!
Take care, stay hydrated…and SENDING LOTS OF LOVE RIGHT AT YOU!
In regards to sweeteners, you said previously that Agave was not good because it was basically fructose. What sweetener would you recommend?
Stevia is the best one, as it is a natural root from South America. Xyletol is another good option, if you don’t like the slightly bitter stevia taste. 🙂
Most arenas won’t let us bring in our own food and coconut water. How’d ja do it?
Ugh. Well for these events and others if I am with celebrities we don’t go in the normal way…we go in some back or VIP way and they never check. 🙂 But I remember bringing food into a Braves game in Atlanta and for that game I did go in the normal way! 🙂
I’ve been eating more raw foods lately, and would love if you could share your recipe for that “Mushroom Burger” pate! I’ve been trying to eat less nut-heavy meals, and that sounds wonderful! Thanks!
Looks like you’re having a great time! 😀
Kimberly, You are amazing and the food you took with you actually sounds delicious. Will I ever learn how to prepare all natural foods? I am drinking the green drink and loving it but still need to learn how to do some meals for each day. Thanks for your site – I LOVE IT! Take care.
I would love the recipe for the mushroom burger if you’re willing to share! It looks YUMMY!
Thanks for taking time to share your fun experiences. I continue to have my green smoothies for breakfast but need to come up with ideas for lunch aside from salads. By the way, you look so radiant in those pics. Be safe and enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Hey Kim what a nice post. Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.
What a fantastic couple of days you’ve just had. Actually since I started reading you’re blog it seems to be non-stop fantastic!! 🙂
Yes preparation is definitely the key, especially when you have small children and on a day out. It is so easy to pick up food from a shop or take away but then the kids burn out very quickly, at least with healthy food and snacks they they don’t have a lull.
I saw that there maybe a yoga dvd and a recipe book coming out, do you have dates on the release yet?
Love and light
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I love your lotus necklace, where did you purchase it from?
No chance of getting “good food” into City Field either unless of course your a nutritional rock star 🙂 – they want you to eat their overpriced crap – Ron Howard is a good director – (he should put you in his next film) – I hope he was not asked to sing at Lallapallooza though……
You even like “healthy named bands” – do you think Billy Joe does the green smoothee or perhaps Cornell has an organic garden? – who was the headliner?
Great suggestions, the food looks great. This is an important post because healthy food choices are really limited at concerts and games.
I agree with you that is imperative to plan ahead, but even if I dont, skipping one meal wont kill me, so if there is nothing for me, is not the end of the world, I still get to enjoy myself.
But planning ahead is the key for sure.
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