Happy Saturday everyone!
There are several things I’ve discovered recently about the relationship I have with food, nerves and road trips:
1. When I’m the passenger, especially when the road trip is at night, I tend to snack more because I can’t read or write.
2. When we are passing semi-trucks, I get nervous, and find I reach for the nearest crunchy snack .
3. Road trips in general make me crave junk food.
Now, realizing these few things, I decided—on this most recent of road trips, I was going to do something different. I packed apples and bananas, made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bought some delicious pistachio chips, and made a “granola” mix of almonds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips. You would think, with all those amazing foods, that when we stopped at the first gas station I’d be content to say “no, I don’t want any candy, chips or soda, thanks.”
What is it about car trips that make me want to eat junk food? Is it the thrill of going somewhere new? The boredom making me crave deliciously unhealthy things? I may never know.
So, I bought a bag of chips.
But you know what?
When I opened them, I was excited. But as I began to eat them—I discovered that I didn’t really like the taste. I could taste the artificial-ness, and suddenly craved almonds. Apples. Cranberries. I ate a few of the chips, and then put them away and ate one of the fig bars we’d packed.
What I’m trying to say is that I am trying—I’m making conscious decisions to eat a bit better than I have. I’m not a dietitian, I’m just now truly researching nutrition (fascinating!); but I’m becoming aware of the effect that both positive thinking and consciously making better eating choices are beginning to have on me.
Even on car trips
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Honestly, I blog about food simply because I like to eat it—I’m not an expert in anything—so these are just my collection of thoughts spilling onto the page (with minor editing, of course).