Yes, 4-Leaf eating on the road can be challenging…but not impossible.
Today, I awoke in my own bed at 0645 and had a leisurely three hours before arriving at PVD (Providence, RI airport) for my all-day trip to Florida. The first step in eating healthy while traveling is starting out with a proven 4-Leaf meal at home. So that’s exactly what I did, serving myself a delicious and nutritious Sailors Daily Oatmeal at my home in Stonington, CT.
Under the watchful eye of Christmas Clyde, I consumed my first 500 calories of the day with about 95% of them coming from whole, plant-based foods, still in nature’s package. The only part of the meal that was not whole plants, was the unsweetened vanilla almond portion of the cold liquid that softened up my oats — just right.
My next stop was the Mystic Starbucks, where I only had one small, black, unsweetened Pike Place. I arrived at PVD around 0945 feeling good and enjoyed a non-stressful trip through the TSA Army. Wanting to have a few calories before my first flight to Atlanta, I had a small bag of almonds at the airport Starbucks and ate some of them along with my fresh banana that I brought from home.
Score at flight time: about 95% from whole plants, but the nuts put me up close to my 20% limit for fat. After settling into 12D on the aisle, I ordered a Delta Airlines cookie along with my Coke on the rocks — a No-Leaf snack but not that many calories. After landing in Atlanta at 2:30 p.m., I made my way to the Delta Sky Club on Concourse A. There I loaded up on the carrots, celery, olives and hummus (See picture) while enjoying a glass of wine — all courtesy of Delta Airlines; as long as you have a platinum Amex card.
So, as I boarded my flight for South Florida, I figure that I was still at the high 3-Leaf or low 4-Leaf level of eating for the day. While enjoying my 3-Leaf luncheon, I played a little game of BMI Sampling — estimating the approximate BMI (body mass index) of those who passed by my high-top table.
After 20 minutes of playing this little game, my score vs. the crowd was 99 to 1. Only one person was estimated to have a lower BMI than mine (about 21.0). As for an average, I would have to say that it was between 29 and 31 — borderline obese. Every time I travel, I realize that our sad national statistics on obesity are accurate, if not understated.
After a nice flight to Fort Myers, I arrived in Naples, where I enjoyed a lovely dinner with Ruth, Clark and a few friends. At my all-time favorite, Bleu Provence, in Crayton Cove, I ordered a yummy gazpacho, followed by three sides of veggies: mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli. So I figure that I ended up with at least a high 3-Leaf day; not bad when you’re traveling. For the record, I did not have a single calorie of animal product, but did have a few glasses of wine, some bread and a cookie.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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