Travel Love

I love to travel. And I really love to travel with this guy.

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Some day the two of us will travel alone again. But soon we are leaving for Thailand with our two kiddos. Yeah for travel!!!! Boo to 20 hours of flying with a five year old and and 2 year old. But I won’t let 20 hours of misery stop me. I’ve got a trip to plan for and I love planning for trips. So here is what I’ve been obsessing over this week.

1. Finding the Perfect Travel Bag

I’m in my 30s and I’m a stay at home mom. On the regular, I don’t need to shlep around laptops or files, so I don’t have a backpack, attache, or messenger bag. (What I do have are some very nice purses.) But traveling with two littles means bringing lots of snacks and toys and small bottles of alcohol. So I need a travel bag.

At first I was considering a back pack. I spent hours, and I mean hours, browsing sooooo many websites. But I was underwhelmed. Nothing seemed quite right. Everything I liked required lots of unbuckling. Kind of a pain when you have an angry toddler demanding dried mango. I need zippers people. But if you don’t have an angry toddler. I think this backpack is lovely.

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Somehow I stumbled up Fjall Raven. A lovely outdoorsy company from Sweeden. And they make a tote bag that is also a backpack. And it has zippers. My mind is blown. So, I got the Totepack 1. It is perfection.

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2. Purchasing Yummy and Healthy Snacks

I know some people say that on vacation you should just eat whatever you want. Well it just so happens that I want to eat healthy food. Also if I just eat whatever, I feel so gross and have major tummy trouble. No fun. So I always bring food. Snack food is especially easy to pack. At meal times I will be eating lots of fresh Thai food. But if I need some good snacks I’ll be prepared. I’ve picked up Lara Bars, Kind Bars, Justin’s Almond Butter, Pistachios, Dried Mangos, and Dried Cranberries.

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3. Planning Some Good Workouts

Again, I actually like working out on vacation. I love running on vacation. My local green belts are beautiful but getting to run on a beach or through a new city is amazing. So I’ll be running a lot while I’m away. But I also like doing other workouts. Here are a couple good ones.

And this is my favorite do anywhere workout.

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Don’t worry, I’ve also been loading up my kindle with some good books. Mama needs some downtime.

J.R.

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Not the Healthiest Place on Earth

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Last February I (Erin) went to Disneyland determined to eat paleoish and plan for my favorite treats in a very conscious way. After scouring the interwebs, I made a list of paleo-friendly restaurants and menu items. Then, and most importantly, I made a list of my planned treats. I did not want to experience the usual amusement park mindlessness of “hey, there’s a churro stand. let’s eat a churro then forget we ate a churro and eat a pretzle later”.

It was a moderately successful trip for the Paleoish person. However, new year new challenge.  We are heading back to the Magic Kingdom at the end of the month and wanted to share my keepin’ Paleo ideas with y’all.

1. MEAL PLAN

I will be carrying a written plan with me. It helps when I am at home so I assume it will help in the park. (I will post a pic of this before we leave so y’all can check it out)

2. EAT A BIG PALEORIFIC BREAKFAST

Our hotel has a pretty killer breakfast situation. Locally sourced and tasty meats, eggs, lots of veggies – lots and lots and lots.

3. MAKE NO EXCUSES. KEEP MY EYES ON THE PRIZE. QUITTING IS FOR QUITTERS.

There is not a goofy sour ball sour enough or a churro sugary enough or a french fry fried enough for me to cheat before the 10 year anni trip (40 days!!!).  Sometimes it is good to eat yummy carbolicious foods, sometimes it is the best way to celebrate, sometimes it fills your belly along with your soul. I get that and do that – except NOT when I’m in full GO MODE. So, this time, no beignets from ralph brennen and no dole whips from the tiki stand. Next time. I promise.

4. Follow this list of “approved” dining establishments

While it is next to impossible to completely know if there is soy or sugar involved in the marinating and cooking of some of these menu items my goal is to stay as Gluten, Rice, Dairy and Sugar free as possible.

Turkey Legs: Before I was paleo I was a HUGE turkey leg fan. Unsure if these feats of culinary mystery are really made of turkey (there is discussion of it being pork based) I know they are neither breaded or made of milk. I am positive that sugar is part of their deliciousness tho. I’m gonna let it go because of its overwhelming meatiness.

Village Haus: Bratwurst, skip the bun, extra (I mean EXTRA) kraut.

Bengal BBQ: Meat and Veggie Skewars. This is an expensive option for a full meal since the skewars are more of a snacky size. Though, super delicious.

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Rancho Del Zocalo: Tostada. No shell. No beans. EXTRA grilled veggies.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: SOOO many salads to chose from.

Hungry Bear Restaurant: Big Als Chicken Salad. Smoked chicken on romaine and iceberg lettuce with watermelon, pecans, dried cherries, red onions. In other words, Yes Please.

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Big Thunder Ranch: Grilled Chicken and Ribs and Coleslaw. While the bbq sauce is a sugar situation for sure I will scrape lots of it off and will make a small exception since my daughter and husband absolutely adore this place. Though avoiding the cornbread may make me cry.

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Cocina Cucamonga: (CA) This is my favorite option and will probably be dinner all 3 nights we are in the park. 1/2 Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken with Veggies. It is yum yum yum and totally paleo.

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So, wish me luck. I’m gonna need it.