Homemaking on the Road, Part 3 – Meals on Wheels

I’m a cook, which means that I like food. I love buying it, preparing it, smelling it, looking at it, cooking it, plating it, serving it, and eating it, and even cleaning it up. (Probably eating it a little less than the others, otherwise I’d be morbidly obese. But still. Yum.)

When I’m away from home, I like to be able to cook, both for fun and for health reasons. Not many things are more pleasing to me than being hosted and getting to thank my hosts with a meal, or enjoying a familiar dish in an unfamiliar setting.

Planning out what and where you will eat can take some of the stress out of travel, keep you well, and help you stay on budget. Here’s what I do to stay fit, fed, and functional when I travel.

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Healthy Comfort Foods

My sister Alicia is the author of The Accidental Diet. It’s a hilarious, memoir-esque read with some sage wisdom regarding the yo-yo or fad diet vs counting calories in ‘normal’ foods.

I’m usually in the throes of battling the Marriage Belly, since for some reason living with someone and being the happiest one has ever been in one’s life can tend to make one fat. Also, since eating is communal, it’s easy to feel like you have to keep up with the person you stare at across the table every night.

I’ve found success using the My Fitness Pal app with a few close pals. It’s a calorie tracker, and it points out to me on pretty much a daily basis that, oh yeah, veggies are pretty low in calories. The problem is, most people think veggies and they think salads (which, to me, not only feel like labor to prepare, they feel like labor to eat).

Cooking up some veggies and chicken

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