Friday, June 14, 2013

Vlog Launch and The Dreaded Nutrition Menu

First of all... Look what's out!

Second... it's Friday! And Friday means the Lara Project!

So this weekend I'm headed off to Ocean Shores for a writing retreat (finish up my Alys edits) and some serious R&R.

I will likely brag about my lodgings on Monday as I splurged on where I'm staying. =D But I promise between the bragfest I will give a full review should you ever decide to go yourself!

Now to the Lara Project part of this announcement. Vacations are dangerous when it comes to keeping to a balanced diet. I mean, honestly, half of the places I want to "go see" really are places I want to "go eat at". 

Taste is one of the most awesometastic senses ever. I confess, it's a fierce competitor for my favorite.

The place I'm staying has a full kitchen and I plan on cooking while I'm there but for the most part when you're on vacation you tend to go out to eat. And that's where things can get tricky.
We joke and say, "It doesn't count, I'm on vacation" and while I don't think you should spend your entire vacation counting calories, it's good to be mindful. Because sadly... it does count. And I'm not saying one meal or one day is going to to throw off everything but it DOES make it a lot harder to stay on track and say 'no' next time.

Let me be clear, I am in no way suggesting you eat nothing but salads on vacation because dear god that sounds HORRIBLE.

But you will want to take a look at the nutrition menu whenever it's available. The reason I say this is because something could seem healthy but have a ton of junk slathered in it that hikes it up to a point where it's not even manageable. 

For instance, and I'm not saying you go there because they're a chain and you should eat at unique places when you're in a new location, but Claim Jumper's or Cheese Cake factory have entrees that can range from 1,000 - 1,700+ calories!

Most people stick to a 2,000 calorie diet, but that number can change depending on your age, weight, height and amount of activity. My allotted range is 1,200 - 1,500 max a day.

Now, don't get me wrong, some of those dishes are delicious (though probably filled with things that will make my intestines cry) but I cannot figure out for the life of me how they manage to contain an entire day's worth of fuel in one meal. Kinda... makes me a little ill thinking about it. 

As horrifying as that nutrition menu can be, it's there to help you! 

This post is really just about moderation. Keep yourself balanced and rounded out. =D

That's all the blather I have to spout, really. It's Friday, you don't wanna read my rambles, go enjoy your weekend!

See ya Monday. =D