Sunday, September 13, 2015

How to Low Carb While Camping and Enjoying a Girl's Weekend

This weekend was a girl's camping weekend that had been planned for several months. 

I'll be honest...I had been dreading this weekend. Not because I didn't think I would have fun, oh I knew there would be lots of fun involved in a camping trip that included my sister Lisa and our friend Lupe. I was dreading trying to stick to a Low Carb/High Fat way of eating while not being at home where I have all my special foods and snacks available. 

But necessity is the mother of invention and I succeeded in making this a LCHF WOE weekend without too much of a struggle.

We left after work on Thursday evening and stopped at McDonald's before we got to the campsite. I had two McDoubles without bread or ketchup. Just the meat, cheese, pickles, onions and I added jalapeno because hot stuff is in my blood! We got to the campsite, unpacked, set up and then just talked girl talk until about 1 am.

Friday morning we awoke bright and early to the scent of the coffee my sister was brewing. Nothing better than the smell of coffee at the beach! Lupe had brought some Almond Biscotti to have with our coffee. 

I love Biscotti. Love how sweet and soft it gets when you dip it into your coffee. But just one Biscotti has 18 net carbs. I try to eat only between 20 to 24 carbs per day, so to eat one cookie that has 18 is just out of the question. Luckily the day before I had purchased a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar. One whole bar has 3 net carbs. The WHOLE BAR has 3 net carbs. It was so rich and delicious that I cut that bar in three pieces and enjoyed for two mornings and one evening. Was it Biscotti? No. But was it enjoyable and satisfying? YES!

We had several errands to run so we got ready and headed out. We stopped for breakfast at a cute little coffee shop called The Pantry on Park in Santa Maria. I figured I would just have a couple of eggs and bacon. Easy-peasy. But I was intrigued by the sound of a Bell Pepper, Onion, Ham and Egg Scramble. 

asked the waitress what I could have instead of the hash browns and toast. She offered sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese or fresh fruit. I opted for the tomatoes and the fruit which consisted of sliced bananas, pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries. I took out all the strawberries and put them on my plate (strawberries are lower in sugar) and offered the rest of the fruit to my sister Lisa and Lupe to share. It was one of the best breakfasts I've had in a long time!

For dinner that night, Lisa and Lupe decided to have the Fish and Chips dinner at the clubhouse of the RV park we were camping at (yes, we were at a fabulously comfortable RV park in a beautiful RV home; that is as "roughing it" as I get).

Breaded Fish and French Fries are definitely not a low carb option. Luckily my beautiful, loving mother had packed us some of her homemade Chile Verde. She roasts Anaheim chile's and dices them very small with some tomato and salt, at this point we call it Chile Macho. Then she takes some steak and cuts it into bite-size pieces and browns it and then adds just a spoonful of flour to thicken and adds water and the Chile Macho and it turns into beautiful, delicious Chile Verde! 

Normally I would eat this with a tortilla, but again, those days are gone as I don't eat flour or wheat products. So instead I took about two cups of raw coleslaw mix, fresh out of the package and placed it in a bowl. Then I heated up the chile verde and poured it on top. The coleslaw gets a little softer but it's still crunchy and with the chile verde it tastes like a nice little vegetable soup. It was very filling and soothing and I didn't miss the fish and chips at all, even though they looked very good.

That night we headed over to a little club downtown where they have live music and dancing. We had a great time dancing and burned a lot of calories. All three of us love to dance! So ending this day I realized I had eaten some pretty great meals and stuck within my allowable carb count...not bad and so easy.

Saturday morning we had the same ritual of having coffee and I had another piece of my Quest Bar with my coffee. We had decided that Saturday was going to be a relaxing day. No plans. We played the game Sorry, we worked on a puzzle, we walked to the beach, we read our books and we talked. When I got hungry I boiled some eggs and made some guacamole. 

Lupe and Lisa joined me in eating eggs and while they had corn tortilla chips with their guacamole I had Mac's Salsa and Limon Pork Rinds with mine. They tasted it using my pork rinds and they both agreed that it actually tasted better than using the tortilla chips! I had also taken along a jar of green olives stuffed with I said, hot stuff is in my blood!

We decided to play another game called Quarters. It's a drinking game. None of us are very big drinkers, but I had taken along a bottle of tequila so we bounced quarters into a shot glass and whoever got the quarter in the glass that person would choose who would take the shot. It was fun and after we started to get too giggly we decided to stop and take a walk instead. Well Lisa and Lupe took a walk, I did my favorite thing and took a nap...a well deserved nap!

Later that evening for dinner we all just wanted salad. We went over to the local Vons store and purchased some salad in a bag and some chicken breast from the deli and made the best Asian Chicken Salad that I have ever had. Or maybe it was the rough day of camping and drinking that made us so hungry, but it was delicious!

We had just what we wanted, a day of rest, relaxation and recharging! We had coffee late in the evening while we sat outside. Lisa and Lupe had purchased some cream cheese danish at Vons and I had bought some strawberries and cream cheese. I heated about 4 ounces of cream cheese in the microwave for about 20 seconds, added cinnamon and some Splenda and used it as a dip for the strawberries with my coffee. 

Sunday we awoke bright and early. I was all out of Quest Bar so I ate the rest of the strawberries with the cream cheese dip for breakfast with my coffee, it was so good! I warmed up the dip and it was like having strawberry cream of wheat, very soothing and satisfying.

We packed up all our stuff and remarked on how is it possible that we were taking more stuff home than what we brought with us? I think that's just how camping and/or vacations are. We were starving by the time we packed all our belongings and made the beds and prepared the RV for the RV fairies to come and take it away and place it back in storage. 

By the time we did all that we were hungry and I told the girls that we should go and eat at a cute little place on the pier at Avila Beach called Fat Cats Cafe. It's a cute little restaurant where you can look out at the ocean while you eat either inside or on their patio. We ate inside.

I had a Bacon and Avocado Omelette. It was served with hash browns and toast but my waitress was awesome and recommended again either cottage cheese or tomatoes and again I had the tomatoes. My omelette was so huge that I could only eat half and brought the other half home with me.

On the drive home we stopped at a convenience store for snacks. I bought some peppered beef jerky and sunflower seeds and that is what I ate on the road trip home.

I noticed that this weekend my sister Lisa and our friend Lupe joined me in eating low carb quite a bit. Maybe I have some low carb buddies in the making.

So...a trip that I was dreading because of my new Way of Eating turned out pretty great. We had fun together and I was able to eat LCHF. It took a little planning and having the courage to ask our server for other options. 

I'm glad we went, I'm glad that my sister and Lupe encouraged and supported me on my WOE and I'm glad that I didn't look at this as an excuse to cheat or to stray from my WOE. It gives me the strength and determination to continue on! Plus I had a fabulous time with Lisa and Lupe. Let's do it again real soon ladies!



  1. What a fabulous weekend! Good company, good food, dancing - what else does one need? Your mother's Chile Verde looks yummy.
    You should certainly do this kind of weekend more often as it is a happy combination of pleasure (food, entertainment) and recreation.

    1. You said it DUTA, definitely all we needed for a fabulous get-a-way! My mom does make great food, in spite of the fact that she doesn't really like eating much. We are planning to make this an annual event as we had so much fun!

  2. Your vacation sounds great and love hearing how you made it work for your healthy eating choices without losing out on any taste! When we went to Bali last year it was hard to keep to the low/no carb eating AND avoid all soy products, which I am allergic to. I brought snack bags of almonds, cashews and dried cranberries to eat when in a pinch and actually lost weight on that trip.

    1. That's really one of the best ways to stick to a healthy eating plan...planning. I even baked low carb cookies but then forgot to take them! Vacations are hard but hopefully this small one helped me to realize that things are changing and there are options out there and definitely taught me to talk to my servers, they have other options they can offer.

  3. So glad you had a great with your sisters, and were able to enjoy yourself without feeling left out! It's so hard for me to stay on a diet while on vacation or outing! Great job!!!

    1. Thanks Oliva! It helped that they were on board. They didn't try to persuade me to "take just one bite", they supported me and that was a big help!

  4. Sounds like you all had a great "camping" trip. The RV Fairies! I am sure they would love that description.

    Green olives stuffed with there is a combination. How is your blood pressure?

    Well I am glad you great time and managed to stay in your carb limits. Well done, Alicia.

    1. Great to hear from you Sextant! Do you know there is a winery in the neck of the woods that I was in that is called Sextant Winery? Always think about you when I am driving by the sign, someday I hope to visit it.

      Yeah, I should mention to the RV park that they should put "RV Fairies" on the side of the trucks. Those people work for their money, they were go, go, go all day long!

      Blood pressure is great. Funny my dad had HBP and now my brother and my sister. Mine is pretty darn good. I don't really watch my sodium intake alot but I find that my BP and Cholesterol actually get better when I do LCHF...go figure.

      Glad you visited, always a pleasure!

  5. The food all looks amazing!! Sounds like such a great trip with good company and good food. Way to go! I'd never heard of green olives stuffed with jalapenos, that sounds fantastic and I'm not even a big green olive fan.

    1. They are very good, just spicy enough that you know they are different, but not so spicy that you can't eat them. Thanks for commenting!


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