|Train bridge off the California Coast near Santa Barbara|
|Tsunami Evac Sign in the Bay Area|
One of the things that worries me about travel is the betes. It's really hard sometimes on the road. It's easy at home. I make this, give this amount of insulin, bam done. On the road it's different, it's basically a guess and check at each restaurant. Before the trip I told myself, this time it would be different, this time I would really manage the betes on the road.
What happened? For the first time in my life I made a lot of great inroads when traveling. Mainly, I ordered... off the menu. Simply asking the waiter for "Salmon with steamed veggies and brown rice" actually isn't hard once I started doing it. Doing this allowed me keep my blood sugars in check while traveling. A lot of this depends on the restaurant but for the most part each place will allow a person to order some kind of meat they have with steamed vegtables and rice, potatoes or a salad. At one point though Jamie and I stopped at a small place in the middle of the desert, let's just say it wasn't the kind of joint that wants people ordering off the menu, so it does still depend.
I'm also still learning a lot about which foods are gluten free and which are not in a restaurant. I'm starting to get to the point where some gluten products give me a stomach ache, which is good and bad. It's good because it forces me to eat clean but having that blue cheese dressing on the Amtrak train then getting a stomach ache isn't so fun. Last time I have that blue cheese dressing.
While traveling I was able to keep most of my workouts in check. I only missed one swim workout while in the Bay Area and the bike workout the day after the wedding but being a recovery week I couldn't have asked for it to work out better. I even supplemented a light Friday bike while in San Francisco with a yoga video followed by running stairs (this was the first time I had ever done yoga, which by the way made me incredibly sore the following day but definitely helped my IT band). Supplementing the typical workout actually turned out to be nice, it breaks up the routine and still let's me keep the sugars in check while on the road. The body also responds well to random changes, shocking it into becoming more fit.
After the ride Eric told me how shocked one individual was after he heard we were both diabetic, "that's amazing, I can't believe you guys are riding with us". Changing minds one person at a time.