New Orleans and Low Carb, just putting these two in the same sentence seems like an unlikely pair. Yet hear me out, it can be done. I didn’t say it would be easy, but it is doable.
For the past three years my husband and I have joined part of our church leadership, for what we call a faithcation. I know, it sounds a bit silly but trust me it’s a great thing. When you serve in ministry it is vital that you take time to get your batteries recharged. Fittoserve is a big proponent on taking time to decompress and get fed spiritually so you can give from a place of overflow.
Sadly, too many who serve in some form of ministry rarely take time to fill their tanks properly. This is when a “faithcation” is a good solution. You take a little time to do sightseeing and get fed spiritually by those who can speak into your lives. We love going to the Jesse Duplantis Visionary Leadership Conference, and when we get back home we are ready to serve and our vision is reignited!
Now to the challenging part. When you make eating low carb a lifestyle choice, you just can’t throw caution to the wind and begin to eat without restraint because you’re on “vacation”. The truth is if not careful you can gain a whole lot of weight when traveling and especially to a city full of so many tempting goodies. That’s why you need to make a resolve to not go off your plan, for no reason. I know that may sound drastic. However, when on vacation you are more apt to let your guard down and the last thing you want is to have a free for all with your meals. If not careful, you will find yourself binging on the very foods you swore off only a week ago.
Some of the things we did was to take advantage of the hotel’s free breakfast. Randy and I would fuel up on the eggs and bacon and even shamelessly scooped up the portable personal size cream cheese, yum. Don’t judge me until you try. When the rest of the group wanted to have New Orleans famous beignets, fried donuts covered in powdered sugar, we would join the group but only have the coffee. My Randy was a trooper, even passing the café ole. This is the second year we pass the beignet test and I think that deserves an applause, don’t you? Thank you for those high fives!
What about lunch? Well, that was an easy option, for me it was crawfish the spicier the better, and seafood gumbo minus the rice. Yeah, there may have been some extra carbs in that stew but the portion was small. For Randy it was the blackened gator, this stuff is amazing. Yes, it tastes like chicken only better.
Dinner for us meant choosing what items we could eat from the lovely spread the Duplantis Ministry provided after each service. We of course went for the jumbo shrimp and different cheese options. We even enjoyed some dessert, since it was a small cup of mixed berries with fresh whipped cream. So ok, maybe we always had two cups of this fantastic dessert option and yes we went for a second round of those incredible life size shrimps. To us it was wink from our heavenly father telling us, I got you.
What about on the road? Did I mention it was a fourteen hour drive from Miami, with ten amazing people that had their snacks in tow? Yeah, we passed that test too. How? I think it was a bit of miracle, to tell you the truth. That and that they mostly slept the whole ride up and down and forgot about their snacks. I may have said a prayer regarding the snacks too. So just in case, we will be better prepared next time with our own carb friendly snacks.
When we would stop for a quick bite at a fast food place, we knew what to do, order the biggest combo without bread and give away our fries to the skinniest one of the bunch, Luis! Perhaps we could have opted for a salad like Dania did, but we were not in the mood so we passed. I was proud of Dania for eating low carb a few times and at least saving some of her carbs for a later treat. Hey it’s a step in the right direction. Every good decision adds up I hope you know that even reducing your carbs will put you in a place of better health.
In the end I lost a couple of pounds when I got on the scale. Yes, we were good about our eating but we also walked a lot, I mean a lot and that is a great added benefit when you travel to a place like New Orleans full of so much culture.
So for those of you who are planning a rode trip, try swapping some of those carb loaded options with some items that won’t leave you feeling bloated and wanting to kick yourself afterwards. It can be done we are proof that if you make a concrete decision, no temptation will be too big. Plus isn’t this what the Bible states in 1 Corinthians 10:13 ? No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.