Whaaaaaattt oh my gosh my last blog got a "voted popular" stamp?! So, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING MY CAMPING FOOD CHOICES!!!
Well then! It's only fair that I should report back post-excursion, and let you know how this plan for Healthy Camping Meals worked out!
I would say - it worked very well. I actually came back with leftover salads (which become my lunch for today and tomorrow). Also, ALL the individual snak-pak junky breakfast cereal boxes that were allotted to "me" - nope, I had better things to eat than Froot Loops (Ohmygosh did I just say that?! Now I KNOW I'm getting somewhere!).
Friday night, the guys had hot dogs. I had a hot dog bun filled with baba ghanoush and sliced cucumbers, with black bean salad. MmmmmMmmmM!!!!! This even left me with room enough for a "health cookie" (I picked up a packet of these discs of home-baked goodness from the farmers' market on my way out of town).
Saturday morning. Bacon (2 slices) and a fried egg sandwich. One egg, no butter, lots of ketchup. Yum! Yes, that tasted like Camping Breakfast to me!
Saturday lunch - burgers done over the campfire. One burger, no cheese, tons of dill pickle slices, tomato and onion. Side of roasted sweet potato salad. Cooking over an open fire works its magic - YUM! Eat your flame-broiled heart out, Burger King - this was the real deal!!
Saturday dinner - chicken breast done over the campfire, assorted salads (a bit of tossed, a bit of black bean, a bit of sweet potato) and some fresh boiled green beans.
Sunday breakfast - half a whole-wheat bagel, peanut butter, soft boiled egg, fresh cherries. Ha, somehow the aesthetics of it screamed "old people breakfast" - but hey, I'm not so young, so, what the heck. It was good and went well with the Baileys Coffee :)
Sunday lunch - cold plate of salads, baba ghanoush, assorted cheese, crackers, cucumbers, pickles, etc.
Sunday dinner - T Bone Steak! Fresh nugget potatoes, pan full of sauteed mushrooms, salad.
Monday breakfast - I made my typical yogurt-oatmeal-apple concoction, and daringly dumped it over top of five small "dollar pancakes" - a drizzle of syrup more as a "garnish" than a "sweetener" and one slice of bacon to balance it all out.
Did I eat any "junk"? Well, a little bit, yes. Over the course of 3 days, I ate a few things that I "could have lived without" - a small piece of cake offered by the camp hosts, two campfire-roasted marshmallows (passed on the graham crackers), a couple 90-cal frozen-yogurt bars. Extra "health" cookies (1 per day). I had a wine spritzer or two, some zinfandel, a dash of Baileys in my morning coffee. These things made the difference between a couple of "weight loss" days and a couple of "weight maintenance" days. I didn't track but I did bring my scale and weigh/count-in-my-head as I went along; no day over 2000 calories.
I really enjoyed eating this way - there was NO LOSS in not having the junky foods on hand. I chose my treats selectively, and truly enjoyed them. I enjoyed everything! And in the mix, I threw in some good long walks with the dog, which was FUN and ENJOYABLE, given that I can move once again. It was awesome! Even had to do some fancy footwork balancing on a trail that was a bit "swampy" - kept my balance and my footing on the rocks and logs that led me through it. That would NOT have happened last year, I would have been defeated by the first glimpse of sodden ground.
Yeah, last year I barely even wanted to go camping at all. This year - I can hardly WAIT till the next time I get an opportunity to spend a couple days in the woods.
Life is good.