Staying Paleo at Disneyland – in 3 easy steps

Staying Paleo at Disneyland – in 3 easy steps

Today’s Workout
Part 1: TASK
Complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
5 Burpees
10 Box Jumps (24/20)

7 min rest

Part 2: TIME
Complete the number of reps from your score in Part 1, for time.

– For example, if you completed 6 rounds and 5 burpees in Part 1; in Part 2, you will race against the clock to see if you can complete the 6 rounds and 5 burpees from Part 1, in less time.I had the most incredible experience last week at Disneyland. Being the fifth week of the Whole Life Challenge, and not wanting to “waste” my 3 precious nutrition points on crappy Disneyland food, I decided at about 8pm Thursday night to create a plan. Mind you on any “normal” Disneyland jaunt, I wouldn’t dream of planning… I’d just go, and make the best all the bad choices. So at 8pm that night, I hopped in my car for a quick trip to Whole Foods – THAT was my plan… get there and hope to be inspired.

Upon walking in, I thought to myself, where will my protein come from. Got it… rotisserie chicken (one with no added sugar listed as an ingredient). Next up… fat. I found a bag of cashews and then remembered how much I love avocados. OK… one of those too. Then last but not least, carbs… grabbed two apples and a medium container of a mixed cucumber/tomato/onion salad. Voilla! I also picked up an insulated bag to keep things cold for at least half the day, plus a gallon of water to make sure I stayed hydrated.

After a great breakfast the next morning, we arrived at Disneyland around 9:30 am. By 6 pm, after two trips on Splash Mountain, two adventures on Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Teacups, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Autopia, and a walk through Snow White’s Castle, I was still going strong. THAT was something really different! My visits to Disneyland in the past had always resulted in a gradual decrease in my energy over the course of the day so that by dinner time, I was totally wasted… wondering how in the heck I was going to drive home. Not today. In fact, I recall several times during the day feeling almost super-human. I had this strange sensation that I was somehow cheating… that I had an unfair advantage over the thousands of “poor folks” around me that were eating all sorts of junk Disney food and feeling like crap.

So if you’re taking a trip to a place with poor food choices, get yourself to Whole Foods no later than 9pm the night before, and create a plan for the next day. It’s actually really easy… and the payoff is huge! If you’ve had a similar experience, please share in comments.

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