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Falling off the Wagon into a Vat of Pastries~~Portugal


Thursday, November 14, 2013

I was in Portugal for a week. I've actually been back a few days, but caught a bad cold my last day there and took a rare day off of work to stay home and drink juice and wallow under my blankie.

Lisbon was a amazing. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery. I was there chaperoning students at a Model United Nations conference, and the kids did a great job. I, on the other hand, did not do a great job, at least not as far as eating was concerned. Portuguese cuisine is heavy on the olive oil, and the meat, and potatoes. It is not remotely heavy on the veggies. There were menus I saw which literally did not have veggies listed. They would laugh at you if you asked for a salad, and as soon as you get to the table they plop down a plate of olives, a whole cheese, and a loaf of bread. They do eat a lot of fish, but it is covered in olive oil. Or bacon.

And the pastries. The Portuguese diet seems to consist primarily of custard tarts and double espressos. If you are not having a custard tart, then you are having some sort of donut-like thing filled with custard. And a double espresso.

The trip would have been a complete disaster if we had not walked everywhere. I wore my Fitbit and one day we went over 12 miles and climbed 54 flights of stairs. My legs and feet ached at the end of every day, but at least we got some exercise in.

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PURPLEPEONY 12/8/2013 2:39AM

    emoticon I wonder how long it would take to get to Portugal. emoticon

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 11/18/2013 2:36PM

    Wow! Gorgeous picture. Hey, with all that walking, you probably burned off most of those calories.

Get well soon! Thanks for sharing the picture.

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NELLJONES 11/18/2013 8:45AM

    I love pastry, and I am so glad I don't have that temptation here. But oh, custard tarts!!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 11/14/2013 11:34PM

    What a wonderful trip! I suppose veganism is nonexistent in Portugal. It sounds as if you picked up some excellent exercise while you were there. Awesome!

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LOTUSBURGER 11/14/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon Oh what FUN!! Beautiful photo.

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RACEWELLWON 11/14/2013 3:28PM

    Nice photo - sounds like you had a wonderful time - that a ton of walking and stair climbing !

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SUNSHINE192DAY 11/14/2013 12:23PM

    Climbing that many stairs and walking that much you couldn't have gained much if you'd have eaten the worst foods ever! lol

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ATHLETELORI 11/14/2013 12:04PM

    Mmmmmmmmmm. Bread and cheese. Fish with bacon. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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DR1939 11/14/2013 11:12AM

    At least you got lots of exercise.

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ADARKARA 11/14/2013 10:38AM

    I married into a Portuguese (Azores) family and I can tell you it's even worse on the islands! The only veggies I got were those tiny cubed carrots with peas... or fried potatoes!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/14/2013 9:35AM

    Lovely picture! I had no idea what the Portuguese diet was like....yikes! Good for you for getting in so much walking!

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CHANGE4FIT 11/14/2013 9:10AM

    Beautitul and sounds fun!
We visited England and Scotland a couple of years ago. I ate like a Brit in a pub the entire time and didn't gain an ounce. BUT, I walked and walked, and climbed and walked some more for the entire week-LOL I thought it was a great trade off.
Seeing the sights, getting in a ton of activity and eating like a tourist with abandon-LOL.

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NARNIAROSE2003 11/14/2013 8:39AM

    So jealous! I want to go to Europe so bad. Sounds WONDERFUL - and don't beat yourself up over the food. Remember, it's about PROPORTION. You make healthy choices most of the time, you reap the benefits. Sounds to me like you had a win-win with all the exercise!!

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PHEBESS 11/14/2013 8:18AM

    Mmmmm, LOVE Portugal!!!!!

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STRONG_SARAH 11/14/2013 8:09AM

    Ummm....fish with bacon!

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