Trips and Travel: Dieting While On the Move

We went on a trip to a karate tournament last month. Although we stayed in a rental house, food was different then it was at home. I cooked some meals, we had to go out a few times, and there were several long car rides.

ATA Karate Tournament

The trips we’ve taken these past 17 years in weight maintenance look very different than the trips we took when I was obese. When I was obese, travel meant taking a vacation from chores, vacation from work responsibilities, and vacation from any semblance of healthy eating. [Read More…]

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