So, I am attending this 12 day course in Albuquerque, New Mexico on how to therapeutically train the most severe dyslexic students to learn to read. It is an excellent course and I am very excited to be here. But, at the same time, I have also been somewhat terrified, too. When one is traveling to a new place and does not have the same comforts of home, it can be a daunting task to figure out what to do about food. Now add that I have only been a carnivore eating absolutely no sugar or carbohydrates for about a month on top of that and the fear of what to eat doubles exponentially. I certainly cannot eat at the regular places and must plan out the food I am going to eat before I leave.
Luckily, the driving part was only a four hour jaunt. My husband and I left around noon (after lunch had ended). I brought water but figured that we would go shopping when we arrived in Albuquerque. After all, it is only four hours away. When we were about an hour out from Albuquerque I began to feel hungry. Uh oh! I did not want to be tempted to eat a carb or something with sugar in it, so I knew that I could not stop at a convenience store lest I break down and buy something I should not. It is not simply a diet, after all. I am working to literally save my life. So, I had better start taking this seriously and not tempt myself to fail. But, I was getting hungry.
Thirty minutes passed and we finally came to a town outside of Albuquerque named Bernalillo. A very fine town with many fast food establishments simply throwing their signs at me. By this time, I was hungrier and wanted to eat. But, what could I do? I practically began to panic… until… I saw… IHOP. Oh man! I was so relieved. No, I was not going to get a stack of pancakes topped with real butter and dripping with syrup, although that did cross my mind briefly. But, what they do have are omelettes! Eggs and cheese with lots of fun veggies added.
So, I pulled into IHOP even though I was pulling a trailer and the restaurant was on the left hand side of the road with lots of city traffic. It would be worth it to wait a little for the traffic to clear just so that I could eat and not compromise my new way of living. I do not know if you are aware, but IHOP is not exactly a go to place for dinner apparently. There were only two other families there when my husband and I entered. But, it did not matter to me. Not one bit.
I ordered the vegetarian omelette. Why did a new-found carnivore not order the ham and cheese omelette, you ask? Well, because I am not just any ordinary carnivore. I am a converted carnivore from vegetarianism and so… living with the picture of the death of the animal on my mind every time I imagine eating meat haunts me. And I have many real pictures of animals dying in agony to last me three lifetimes. I simply cannot eat the flesh of an animal that may have died in agony. I have to “know” (and I mean actually see the package) that the animal was humanely raised, grass fed and never entered a feed lot. I cannot know this with the meat that is used in restaurants unless the meat is local. So, I simply do not order meat in restaurants unless they only serve local meat.
Okay, so unbeknownst to me at the time I ordered it, the vegetarian omelette at IHOP is smothered in hollandaise sauce. Oh no! Temporary panic began to creep up. Luckily, the waitress came out just in time to let us know that there was only enough Hollandaise sauce for one omelette and I quickly sacrificed the Hollandaise sauce on my omelette and opted for Swiss cheese instead. Phew! Crisis averted AND my husband could have it the way it was meant to be prepared.
Next time, it will be important to plan ahead for any hunger that I might feel while on the road and pack some healthy snacks to munch on so I do not get overly hungry when there are so many tempting places to eat that would not help me in the least.