My Whole30 Challenge Day 12 Recap: Weekend Prep, Traveling and a Shot of Tequila
Day 12 of my Whole30 challenge is where the “challenge” part really starts to kick in. And here’s why. I have a weekend trip planned to Mammoth Mountain. This means two days of snowboarding and over 10 hours in the car round trip. Add in being away from home and away from normal routine and you have a challenging situation. But no situation is too challenging as long as you follow one of my favorite life rules: ABP. Any idea what “ABP” stands for? It’s “ALWAYS BE PREPARED.”
ABP is one of my life mottos. I believe it can be applied to almost 90% of the situations you find yourself in. My morning started with the first of my weekend prep. I woke up early and put 4 chicken thighs and 3 sweet potatoes in the oven. All before 7:30am. YUP. That’s what I call planning. Why did I do this? So I can have easy to access, Whole30 approved food handy when I am on road and traveling.
Once the chicken and sweet potatoes were cooked I put them in the fridge and headed to work. For breakfast I had 2 hard boiled eggs and a green veggie juice. A standard “quick” breakfast for me when I’m on the go.
The breakfast I had stayed with me for a long time and I didn’t find myself getting hungry until around 2pm. Weird. I wasn’t even that hungry I just felt like I should eat. So I went across the street to the Spectrum Club and got a sweet potato, chicken, and green juice. Love having a restaurant with healthy options so close to me during the day. Here’s a pic of my yummy green juice:
I should also add that while I was at the gym getting lunch, I was offered a shot of Tequila. Yes, Tequila. The gym restaurant serves alcohol and has a full bar because there are a lot of people who work in the office buildings across the street (like myself) and come there. There were several guys in line next to me and they were ordering shots of tequila. They were ordering and turned to me and said “And she wants a shot of tequila, too! Give her a shot!” I started laughing and I said “No, thank you. I can’t drink tequila during the day.” And they kept pushing me but i politely declined. It was actually a pretty funny situation. I mean, who orders tequila at a gym bar? Crazy!
After work I headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up some more Whole30 approved food for the road trip up to Mammoth. Here are some of the Whole30 approved items I got:
- Organic Blueberries
- Blood Oranges
I also brought home these SeaSnax Seaweed Packs that I bought off Amazon and had sent to me. Most seaweed packs have canola oil which is not good on Whole30 but these ones are made with Olive Oil and therefore they are whole30 approved. Plus they are salty and good and an easy snack to eat. The Whole30 plan recommends you get enough iodine in your diet and seaweed can help to provide that.
Then I headed to the local juicery and picked up several green juices for the road. I like drinking veggie juice because it’s easy for me to get my veggies in a pinch. I know people have varied opinions on this on Whole30, but I am a juicing fan. It works for me. I get pure veggie juice with no added sugars.
After the juicery I headed home to pack up my Whole30 compliant road trip food and get the car ready for Mammoth. As I drove home I witnessed the most incredible sunset (the one pictured above). Gosh, I love where we live!
I packed up our cooler with all of our Whole30 approved food and included ice packs to keep everything nice and cold for the 300 mile drive. We hit the road and my first Whole30 challenge appeared. I was starving for dinner and planned ahead to stop at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. I am a huge fan of theirs and knew I could get their protein power plate and still stay Whole30 Compliant. I ordered the Power Plate which came with Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, and Yams. Look delicious? It was.
I do have to admit that I had a craving for their tortilla chips when I was there but I abstained. And I felt totally satisfied and happy with my good choices!
The second challenge came when we hit our normal pit stop in Lone Pine, CA. My husband and I like to break up the drive by stopping here. But I knew for sure there would be nothing Whole30 compliant at this stop so we chose to keep on driving. Makes it easier to make good decisions when you don’t put yourself in those situations in the first place!
We arrived in Mammoth a little before midnight and unpacked our food. More to come on our weekend in Mammoth in my Day 13 and Day 14 Recap, which will be up shortly. Enjoy!
What about you? Do you believe preparation is key to a successful Whole30? How do you stay on a healthy eating plan while traveling? Post in the comments and let me know!