Thoughts on Travel Eating

We’re currently in Portland, OR, visiting a friend who’s getting married on Monday.  Travel eating is something that I’ve always had trouble with.  When we travel, I live in constant “celebration mode.”  A Weight Watchers leader that I worked with always told her classes that, if you eat out frequently, then you need to get yourself out of the mindset that each dinner out is a celebratory experience.  Our inhibitions are deadened by the feeling that “this is a special occasion,” which hearkens back to the days when people seldom at out and as such, those times were a mini-celebration. These days, most people (to our own shame) eat out several times a week.  The point, then, is that unless the meal out really IS a celebration, the it should be treated like any other meal that you’d eat at home.

So, I’m in a strange location, learning to use public transportation for the first time, surrounded by strange sights and some people that, quite honestly, have frightened me, trying to navigate the streets of downtown Portland, and am faced with trying to find a healthy option for lunch…something that’ll hold me for a long time (because I have no idea when we’re going to have dinner with friends), but something that doesn’t start that cycle of self-loathing either.

This was my decision; we saw a Pita Pit in our exploration and I’d always wanted to try it; it’s a ham and egg pita, with hash browns and every veggie except mushrooms (apparently, pineapple is considered a “Veggie” there, so I’ve also learned that pineapple with ham, eggs, jalopeños, olives, etc. is actually pretty tasty!  I snagged a nutrition guide before sitting down (in this awesome little tucked-away space in the front window) and saw that the whole thing breaks down about about 500 calories and 16 grams of fat.  Not too shabby, seeing as I probably won’t get to eat until 8 pm or so.  High in protein and high in veggies…and some carbs to fuel all of the walking…it’s definitely done the trick, and I’m still full four hours later.  I’m also aggressively caffeinated, but that’ll be a story for a different post.

I have to be honest…I don’t know that I would have made a pita like this at home, but I also beat down my “urge to splurge” just because we were having a meal out.

And Mr. PhD is on a mission to try out every possible coffee that there is in Portland.  I have a feeling that we’ll be going through the DT’s for days after we get back home.

Tomorrow…The Portland Zoo!!