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I recently spent a few weeks in Holmes County, Ohio, helping my grandparents at The Peach Barn peddling South Carolina peaches, so I thought it might be fun to do a post about how I did Trim Healthy Mama away from home. Disclaimer: I wasn’t 100% on plan, but I sure did a whole lot better than I did when I worked there in the summer of 2015! I managed to go home without any extra weight, so I definitely considered that a success. The point of this post is to show you that eating healthy can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Sometimes you may have to be a little creative. You’ll see what I mean.
(Por favor, excuse the cell phone pictures. I did not take one picture with my DSLR while in Ohio. Too much going on between taking care of the blog, working at The Peach Barn, entertaining guests, and taking advantage of all the shopping opportunities unique to Holmes County. Maybe at a later point I’ll post about some of the great thrift stores and discount grocery stores in the area!)
Welcome to my little cabin! This “tiny house”/glorified storage shed was my home for two weeks and had a glorious view of a pond – complete with ducks that woke me up with their vociferous quacking every morning. Isn’t that grass amazing??
My kitchen! I had a sink, a tiny fridge, a microwave, and a toaster. And a coffee maker, I suppose, but I don’t drink coffee, so it doesn’t really bear mentioning.
Breakfast every morning: chocolate overnight oatmeal from my survivor packets. And a little sliced banana. I found out that a bunch of bananas easily goes bad when there’s only one person eating them.
Above you see some of my discount grocery store haul. I went to 4 or 5 discount stores while I was in the area and found some super neat stuff that will definitely be featuring in some upcoming recipes! The Propel water, coffee, and trail mix weren’t for me, but those tart cherries canned in water were an exciting find. I have a very hard time finding tart cherries down south and I have so many recipe ideas in which to use them!
Welcome to The Peach Barn! I usually worked out there in the afternoons and used the mornings for blogging and discount shopping. 😉
Snacktime! Roasted chickpeas courtesy of a SC discount grocery store. They did have a little sugar on them (confession). La Croix – courtesy of one of my favorite uncles.
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Grandpa does an amazing job with his petunias.
I usually ate lunch before going out to work. Back at home in SC I had bought some sardines canned in hot sauce (more discount grocery store bargains), so I used them on salad with salsa as my dressing for a nice THM:FP (or an E if I added a slice or two of sprouted bread toast from Aldi).
Another THM:E lunch: sardines on toast with lettuce, salsa, and banana in a salad. Banana in a salad? The bananas were getting away from me – what can I say?
A THM:S lunch: low-carb wrap, lettuce, meat, cheese.
I typically had supper with my grandparents; thankfully my grandma LOVES fresh veggies! Above: sausage with fresh green beans and cucumber salad (THM:S).
One night she made the Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower from page 120 of my cookbook and added chicken breast and bacon for a main dish!
Peaches & Cream Bake made a yummy crossover dessert! (I had quite a few crossovers at suppertime – hard to avoid when you have fresh peaches on hand all the time. 😉 )
Another yummy peach dessert (a THM:E this time): Peach Cobbler with Biscuit Topping! Even my grandpa and uncle liked it.
One night Grandpa and Grandma went out for supper, but I stayed behind to work on blog posts and clean some leftovers out of the fridge. Chicken drumsticks, beef roast, and a pile of green beans. The drumsticks had some breading on them, but other than that it was a good THM:S.
For dessert I threw together some ingredients to make a chia pudding. There were some blueberries and coconut oil involved, but other than that I don’t remember what I put in it.
Der Dutchman’s, one of our favorite restaurants, has a great salad bar. In this particular case I got the special of the day – roast turkey – with the salad bar as my side. Can’t go wrong there!
Squash stuffed with hamburger sauce and cheese + salad
Running consistently definitely helped me stay in shape. I did 2 miles 5-6 days a week amid some beautiful scenery.
Post workout snack: cottage cheese, banana, sunflower seeds (just a few) – THM:E (or crossover if I had more than 5g fat from the seeds)
One night I really wanted a fried taco, but the only applicable ingredients I had in my little cabin were a low-carb tortilla (tomato basil flavor, no less) and some peanut butter. No cream cheese, no berries, no sweetener. Not daunted, I spread some peanut butter on the tortilla, added a dollop of cottage cheese, folded ‘er up, and tried to put the whole thing in the toaster…but it was too thick. So I put it on top of the toaster (see above). Didn’t work. So I microwaved it. For way too long. I ended up with a very soggy tortilla, dry peanut butter, and cottage cheese that looked like someone threw it up all over the inside of my microwave. Not one to waste food, I put the mess in the fridge where it solidified and became slightly more palatable by the next day. But I still wanted my taco (at 11 PM)! This time I ditched the cottage cheese and only spread a thin layer of peanut butter in a tortilla, then folded it up and put it in the toaster (it was thinner this time). Voila. Nothing stellar, but I ate it and went to bed fondly dreaming of my blender, my Super Sweet Blend, and my ice cream maker back home.
So there you have it, folks. If I can do it, you can do it. Eating healthy even when you’re not in your normal environment can have its challenges but is definitely not impossible, especially not if you use a little ingenuity, do some prep work ahead of time, stick to quick and easy, and allow yourself some grace and flexibility (like eating a few crossovers once in awhile). Any progress is still progress. How have you done THM away from home? Got any tips to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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- Starting THM
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