I have been so strict with myself when it comes to this Vegetarian keto experiment. But now I need to work out how I’m going to be sticking with the diet on holidays. This weekend we’re heading up to the New Zealand Nationals teams Crossfit competition. It’s technically not a holiday, but it’s definitely not a time I want to be upsetting my tummy by deviating from the plan.
We’re heading up Friday morning and getting back late Monday. That means 4 days away from my own kitchen and food prep. I’m 2 weeks from the end of a 90 day Keto challenge and most of my meals are made on the spot. Usually based around a few eggs on the stove top or reheating something I’d prepared earlier.
I’m a tad bit apprehensive about the whole situation.
The easiest thing to do would have a good breakfast and snack throughout the day when there is time. But I’ve been intermittent fasting so breakfast isn’t early. It doesn’t happen until either mid-morning or after a noon class depending on the day. I don’t want to change too much from my usual routine in case it fails miserably on me. Also I don’t generally snack a lot because I could easily snack all day and never stop.
I haven’t been chained to my kitchen this whole time. I’ve done days of packed meals and snacks, but not four in a row.
The support crew going up with us are amazing. So many people have offered to cook and help out. But the control freak in me is also having issues with that too. It won’t be measured, what if what they cook doesn’t really fit my macros and I don’t want to offend anyone.
I usually plan out my meals for the day the night before in MyFitnessPal, so I’ve roughly planned out Friday. Just to see what I could fit in, to fit within the 5% carb- 70% Fats- 25% protein parameter, and still be within my calories. It will be a full-on physical weekend of activity, so if I end up going over the calories I’m not worried, I just really don’t want to over carb it. I know people talk about eating a lot of carbs for big physical adventures, but fueling my body with fats has really been working for me. And once again, I don’t want to change suddenly and feel sick.
This is what I’ve planned out so far:
-Egg Salad with spinach
-Fat dough pizza (which I can eat cold if need be)
-Protein shake with peanut butter and oil
-Snacks- Protein bar and sliced up vegetarian Parmesan cheese.
It only gets me to 1318 calories, but there will be plenty of space to add extra snacks, and the macros of this particular plan come in at exactly 5-70-25.
I’ll take enough of each for 4 days (probably not 4 days worth of egg salad) and can just have more. I’m sure there will be plenty of food around, but for me, I need to measure and know exactly what I’m eating. The other thing is that I don’t eat meat, so chicken on a stick from a takeaway shop isn’t an option.
I’ll let you know how I go, wish me luck!
Tips For sticking with the diet on Holidays:
**Written with a bit of hindsight**
- Be prepared with healthy snacks in your bag.
- Have a plan of the preprepared options you can pick up at the supermarket, but don’t need to actually make yourself.
- If it’s actually a holiday is it worth being super strict? I’m not saying let it all go, but food is also to be enjoyed. Maybe it’s time to be crazy and share a desert.