We just returned from a one week, necessary road trip. Have you ever noticed the dining choices along America’s hiways? Eating healthy is a major problem on the road. I’ve gained three pounds! And I’ll spend a week or two losing those three pounds.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could find good food on the road? But it’s primarily fast food—really not healthy. Way too much bread and other starches, as well as lots of fried stuff.
Even if you come upon a restaurant that offers vegetables, your choices are fried okra, potatoes, corn and cheesy casseroles with rice or noodles. Plus, what vegetables they do have are smothered with butter or some other greasy film we don’t need. There’s very little green, and seldom anything steamed.
And of course, it’s great for weight control when you just sit for hours. I try to do some fast walking when we stop, but that’s about all I can do. Some hotels have exercise rooms, which are mostly hot and boring—when I have time to try them out. And that’s if the equipment is in good working order!
When you’re married to a man that prefers driving to flying, you have a problem. But, good grief, the airlines give you just peanuts, or pretzels! And you still mostly just sit. So that’s not much better.
I’ll bet if someone were to open a restaurant somewhere on I 40 or another interstate that advertised healthy meals, with steamed vegetables of all kinds and grass fed meat that’s not breaded, fried or blackened, they’d have a winner. People interested in health and weight control would plan their trips just so they can include that restaurant.
But I’m not holding my breath that such a place will ever exist. In the meantime, it’s Wendy’s, McDonalds, Subway (which is better than other fast food places), Kentucky Fried Chicken, and various diners and truck stop restaurants.
There are healthier choices in these restaurants, but still not what I’d prefer. Like Wendy’s offers a chili and side salad. And you can choose Caesar salad, so you don’t have to eat iceberg lettuce. However, the chili meat is not grass fed or lean. But it does beat a burger and fries.
Another trip is being planned. Yippee.