I am over trained, and tired. As I continue recovering from the bug that had me coughing so hard I vomited everything I did manage to choke down (for three days, and a total of 6 pounds I didn’t need to lose), I have to continually try and be aware that I am not 100% yet. It’s hard for me, because I don’t really understand “relax” and “recover,” as Thadd will happily expound on if you let him.
So, what’s this got to do with food? A few things. First, it’s a great illustration of what happens when I eat really poorly, don’t sleep, and have way too much stress. I ended up eating…and I know my regular readers are going to be incredibly disappointed here…fast food. For about a week. I had exactly one home-cooked meal in 7 days, and the rest was fast and nasty. I suppose there’s not a lot of excuse for this in most people’s view, but I’ll try anyway. My trip back to MI was sudden, and I had to rearrange my schedule with nothing short of Herculean effort to make it at all. I drove about 14 hours each way, by myself. There was family to deal with, and I just couldn’t really get away to go shopping and cook. There was no time, and there were people who needed me to be there. In short, I guess I wasn’t really willing to sacrifice my family’s feelings and the support I was there to give for the short time I was there, and did what I felt I had to do. Which included choking down whatever was available when it was in front of me.
Now, I am nourishing my body back to health. I can’t even stand the sight of fast food (not that I really could before my trip). Lots of fruits, pastured eggs, local honey, and raw milk. My recovery is going really well, and I’m back to life as it was before the trip and the illness. The good news is that the illness broke really fast once I was able to rest at all, and I’ve gained ground really fast. Just like losing weight, though, that last 10% is always the hardest.
I am considering trying to figure out an “emergency” bag or stock of reasonable road food, but I can’t really do dried fruit and nuts for 14 hours. Whatever it is has to be fast, easy, and not require more than a minute or two of prep when I stop at rest areas. Thus far, I am coming up pretty shy on ideas. Anyone out there have emergency trip food that is healthy, storable, filling, and ready-to-go?
Photo note: First two are MI scenery from my trip two years ago. Last pic is a recent one of me.