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!