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Macrobiotics, Honduran Style

If you've been through Central America, you'll remember that the meals are pretty standard everywhere (at least in all the countries I've been): beans and rice...or if you're lucky, rice and beans (and if you eat meat, then add chicken to create the common menu: rice + beans + chicken). Lots of beans! I love them though, so lucky me!

This Macro Monday (which is actually on a Thursday...let's call it Island time?!?) is to give you a glance at what it was like to eat Dainty Pig Style while away on the island of Roatan, in Honduras.

Macrobiotic in Honduras

Eating Out

As I mentioned above, there are beans a plenty in Honduras, but chicken is usually a large part of the menu. Seafood is also easy to be found in most restaurants, so I've been enjoying snapper and shrimp. You can often get it grilled with nothing on it (my favourite is grilled with lemon or lime). but I've also had it cajun style served with spices, cooked tomatoes, peppers & onions. And I also had a delicious coconut & cilantro shrimp dish. The fish is often served whole & it's so SO flavourful.

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They serve most dishes here with a side of mashed potatoes (!!?) or rice, so I choose rice (I've never liked mashed potatoes - but for the record, everyone who got them said they were absolutely delicious). Usually there are some steamed veggies - carrots & a kind of summer squash - that come with it too. And the plantains are definitely worth a try - so good!

Groceries

As far as groceries go, on Roatan we've been extremely lucky. There are all kinds of grains, beans, fruits, veggies, oils, hearty breads, muesli, tahini, peanut butter, coconut waters and milks, and almond, rice, or soymilk a plenty. These are all available at the big grocery chain on island called Eldons. And of course there are fruit & veggie stands every way you look selling delicious tropical fruits like guava & pineapple.

If you're curious about other foods & drinks from home you can get here too, you will easily be able to find all sorts of meats, eggs, cheese & yogurt, wine, pasta, chocolate, crackers, rice cakes etc. too. Most products are Central American or from the USA. There are also plenty of gluten free breads and products if that's what you're looking for (check out the shop called Bulk Gourmet). You could easily create an Italian, Mexican, or American style meal with ingredients from the grocery stores here.

Daily Eats

I've been enjoying fruit (oh my goodness, the papaya is insanely good!) and toast with peanut butter or oats for breakfast, along with some amazing Honduran shade grown coffee. It's been a delightful way to start the day.

We've been keeping pretty busy so lunch has often been some quick home made refried beans, salsa, avocado and either tortillas, home made tacos, or tortilla chips. Perfect for the weather here, and to munch on by the pool.

And dinner has usually been the fish I was talking about above, or the delicious coconut shrimp I had (pictured below).

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I haven't gotten sick from any food whatsoever...but I did get a sinus cold (first cold I've had in years!) due to lack of sleep & some out of character indulgence in Island rum. I woke up the next morning without a hangover, but with a sinus cold. I managed it pretty well though, and felt better within a few days (minus the scuba diving...that didn't help so much). Other than that though, all has been well.

Now it's time to get into the Canadian Christmas Spirit.
Hope you have a lovely week!
xoxo J

 

Macro Monday: Airports & hot weather travels

Hey buds,

The Dainty Pig is on the move again! This time we're headed to warmer weather for some fun in the sun in Honduras.

Airport traveling is much different than road trip traveling - much less ability to pack foods when going through security multiple times.

I did start the trip off right though...our first flight was over dinner, so I picked up Macro takeout & ate it in the airport before we boarded. #smartme :)

 

MM: Macro Tips for Happy Airport Traveling

Flying puts a lot of stress on the body: we're exposed to really loud sound for a long time, the air is cold & dry, and we're crammed in with lots of people in a tiny space. So...body stress response on ---> this means digestive power is lowered. I'm pretty certain most people experience some form of indigestion while traveling like this.

Things you can do to help your belly out:
* chew your food extra well
* choose lighter, fluid rich foods, such as fruits, veggies, cooked whole grains/porridges
* make sure you hydrate well: drink lots of water & herbal teas to balance out the drying effect from flying
* avoid any added stressors such as excess caffeine & alcohol

Over the years I've also come across some helpful tips:
* when offered beverages from the flight attendants, choose one that doesn't involve the plane's water tank (like coffee and tea). Those tanks likely don't have the cleanest water. Instead choose something bottled or canned
* zinc is great to take for immune support (a few tablets for a few days before & during travel)
* keep on top of your sleep - get as much as you can
* bring some natural ginger candy along if you get motion sick or queasy
* wash your hands like crazy!

And I was recently given some great travel tips for staying healthy while on holiday:
* take a food quality probiotic
* a bite of an umeboshi plum a day
* a cup of miso a day

I totally forgot the umeboshi & miso at home 😳 but did remember my probiotics. These things all build up the good bacteria in your belly, which gives you a better chance at fighting any bugs and dealing with stress.

I always pack a few snacks as well, so I have a quick solution if fresh foods aren't available. This time I brought: a macro bar, some tamari almonds, a few natural cookies, and a bar of dark chocolate. Obviously not a meal replacement...but these are ok on my belly if I can't find anything else.

Airport restaurant options:
*Starbucks has oatmeal: this is a great breakfast option.

*There are often stands with fresh juices or smoothies, and often fruit cups and salads.

* At some of the actual restaurants or lounges you may be able to find sushi, soups, and light sandwiches.

Leave the fun food exploring for your destination, and stick with simple foods you've eaten before. Your cabin mates will thank you.

Stay tuned for my experience eating mostly macro here in Honduras.