Just visited our daughter in farm country, Minnesota. What a treat to take a road trip from there into Wisconsin,to Madison (dipping into Illinois and Iowa) and strings of fascinating small towns, some of which are shabby shells of their former glory. Other towns were obviously working their way through renewal projects, breathing life and fun back into their once bustling hubs. It was all fascinating to a west-coaster less accustomed to whole towns of historic value!
My daughter was raised in British Columbia, Canada, but her ancestors were from various northeastern states and then the midwest as they migrated westward.
Having clues in hand of dates and cemeteries, we had the greatest road trip just going to the places they lived and worked in, and were laid to rest. It was so great that next year, we’re hoping to take on the Kansas, Missouri area – then maybe Texas the year after?
Finding pieces to the puzzle of the lives of ancestors is a challenge, but when they start to create the picture, the timeline, it can be extremely humbling. I thought we had busy lives, but when I’ve looked at what many of my ancestors have done, it’s almost embarrassing how wimpy we are.
On top of the fact that most of us don’t work very strenuously, we also eat the most ridiculous amount of food!
We’d stop along the way to eat, and, oh (!) the menus … YUK! Carbs and fats loaded upon carbs and fats! It’s really hard to find a breakfast offering that doesn’t combine hash browns and bread or pancakes, but with a some amount of self control, there actually is usually a choice or two.
Staying healthy while travelling demands that a person go to the “clean” foods – an omelette with vegetables, no hash browns, rye toast if you must, cottage cheese if you like.
For lunch, salads, salads, salads – Chef’s Salads with greens, boiled eggs, strips of meats and bits of cheese for example – extremely filling – I could live on these! Airports have many of these available, and most fast food restaurants have a small selection that could save you from the double cheese and bacon burger.
If we worked as hard as our ancestors, we might have a chance to burn a few of these calories off, but these days it’s pretty difficult.
One way to restrain yourself from overeating in a restaurant is to have one of our protein-shakes before going out – it’s amazing how well that works! Then try to keep from having a sugary drink, which will prevent that bloated feeling afterwards … order water with lemon, or hot water with lemon – this works great and is free, so take about two dollars per person off the final bill (plus tax).
Adapting from another weight loss program, I’ve tried to choose meals that have
- proteins with vegetables only – leave the bread alone, and no potatoes, and
- no fruit with the meal because that has too much sugar, like the bread and potatoes
- proteins-fats (including the shakes) and vegetables or
- vegetable and carbs
- a fruit alone between meals