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All The World’s a Buffet and all the Men and Women Merely Eaters…

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Read any Shakespeare lately? Well I tweaked his lines a bit – I think it’s much more apt, don’t you?

This weekend I’m going to a lodge resort about an hour out of town. Going to this lodge resort is like stepping back 50 years in time. There are no televisions, no alarm clocks, no stereos. And don’t you dare pull out your cell phone in sight of anyone else. And if it rings, oh boy are you in trouble. The resort’s motto is ‘Eat, Sleep, Read’. Well, I have all three down to a science I tell ya. I try to get back here at least once a year. It’s a great way to unwind and get away from watching so much tv and get away from my computer…and ipad… and any other internet requiring device. Because there is no internet available. I can’t go completely offline of course, I do have my phone :). But the screen is small!

Anyway, so this lodge has one main lodge situated on a rock bluff on the ocean with 300 degree views of the surrounding islands. The main room is a massive space where people can mingle, curl up on a big couch in front a giant fire, do a puzzle, read a book, take a nap. The main lodge is surrounded by a bunch of little cabins that range from hotel-room like setup with in-suite washroom etc. down to the field cabins where all you get is a bed, a lamp, a wood stove and communal washrooms down the trail (although rustic, these are actually my favourite! But I couldn’t get one this time so I’m staying in a room in the main lodge). There’s lots of other outdoor things to do like take a walk on the trails through the forests or on the beach, play tennis, use their bikes or go kayaking, sit in the hot tub or take a shower under the sky in the outdoor tree shower. And then there’s the food…oh the food.

The cost of staying at the lodge includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon and evening snacks. The overall cost is really reasonable – they do this on purpose because their philosophy is everyone should be able to afford a vacation. And they even discount for single people. So if it’s just you staying there, they only charge for one person instead of two. It’s nice – being a single person this doesn’t happen often and I usually have to foot the bill for a regular hotel room etc. on my own. The lodge has been serving the same menu on the same night for at least 40 years. They tried to change it once about 15 years ago and people were up in arms. So Friday night is the seafood buffet with salmon, curried prawns, rice etc., Saturday is prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Breakfast is an assortment of cold items (cereal, fruit, muffins etc.) and anything you want from the kitchen (bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast etc.), lunch is lasagna and salad and soup and make-your-own sandwiches. Snacks are cookies or squares. And ALL of it is served buffet style.

Now, I don’t know about you, but in my life, I’ve usually seen a buffet as a challenge. How much could I get for the price I’m paying. And shamefully, I think I won that challenge quite a few times.

So this weekend I am faced with not one buffet but a weekend of them. An entire weekend where I didn’t have to prepare anything and I can choose whatever I want and as much as I want from the spread in front of me. I can’t exactly saunter up to the buffet with my food scale and measuring cups in hand, so how am I going to do this!? I can estimate of course – but the bigger question is how do I stop myself from taking ‘just a tad more’ and going back for seconds etc.? I avoid ‘all-you-can-eat’ situations now so that I don’t lose control but I don’t have much of a choice in this situation. All I can do is try my best to estimate and choose the best items I can.

All this is easier said than done of course – I mean – PRIME RIB AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING people! WITH GRAVY. But I will try. That’s all I can say – I will try my best. And I will also make a plan to get some exercise this weekend as part of changing my thoughts around what a vacation looks like. I remember thinking my brother and his fiancé where crazy when they’d get up and go for a run in the morning while we were on vacation. I mean – we’re on vacation for freak’s sake! But I need to get that type of thinking into my own head – where I WANT to use the free time I have on my vacation to get exercise and feel good! So that will be my goal this weekend. That and not eating my weight in prime rib….
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    That sounds incredibly relaxing and wonderful. I hope that you are able to enjoy the luxury of REST and RELAXATION. I know I would be extremely tempted in a buffet type setting, but like you said do the BEST you can. If you have something (cookie square) have ONE. Plan times you can get some exercise in ahead of time so it doesn't get thrown out the window. I know when I make an effort to exercise the food doesn't seem as 'worth it' to overindulge when I realize how hard I had to work to get those calories off.

    1632 days ago
    Buffet's are fine stick with lean meats that aren't fried and veggies you will do fine. Enjoy the weekend.
    1635 days ago
    It sounds like a great weekend away. All that food just sounds so good, enjoy it and eat slowly so that you don't feel the need to overeat, but if you do, just go enjoy the outdoors for that lovely walk you can take there. Enjoy every moment!
    1636 days ago
    Wow, this sounds like a great way to reset!
    The buffet thing is so tricky because if it tastes good, it's hard to turn the switch off.
    But this buffet also sounds awesome because they are giving you so many healthy options you can eat as much as you want: fruit for brekkie, salad and soup for lunch, and seafood suppers? I'll take it.
    I think a huge insight for vacation travel for me has been giving myself permission to enjoy and not giving myself permission to overeat. I used to think they were intertwined but they aren't - once you tell yourself that nothing is really off limits, it gets easier! Have a great time!
    1636 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    wow! I am stuck at the Yorkshire pudding and prime rib- that I would eat and enjoy because I never have that. I guess that would be my approach- eat lightly at breakfast- go for walks and focus on the food I know I will not be able to get when I get home. Have a wonderful time- where is this place? I want to plan a vacation!
    1637 days ago
    That place sounds WONDERFUL! I love being unplugged. We go camping a lot and I have to say it's my favorite time of the year. Best of luck with the food! It'll take a lot of willpower, but I know you can do it. *HUGS*
    1637 days ago
    I want to go with you! Have a Great time and enjoy the me time!
    1637 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    Sounds like a WONDERFUL weekend ahead for you! I say just relax and do your best! Keep your goals in mind and get all the exercise you can! Have a great time!
    1637 days ago
    You can do this! Approach each meal as an opportunity to nurture and protect yourself--close your eyes and tell yourself that you love yourself and are going to do everything in your power to take the best possible care of yourself, inside and out, with each bite! Then do it!

    Here's my Hindu meal prayer, it helps me so maybe it will help you, too:

    I recognize that you are the temple in which my spirit and creative energy dwell. I have created you from my need to have my spirit manifested on earth, so I may have this time to learn and grow.

    I offer you this food so that you may continue to sustain my creative energy, my spirit, my soul. I offer you this food with love, and a sincere desire for you to remain free from disease and disharmony.

    I accept you as my own creation.
    I need you.
    I love you.
    1637 days ago
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